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“It’s so weird to think our season starts on Monday and most of our squad haven’t reported back for training yet. It’s also going to be extremely odd going in to the season having had no pre-season matches etc. I’m expecting a very slow start to the season in terms of pace and sharpness. Other clubs have had weeks to prepare and I worry for us on that front. I think I read Liverpool were off to Austria on pre-season training a week after we finished our Europa League campaign – how can you compete against that?! Anyway, unprecedented times etc.”

“I think we’ll probably lose due to being undercooked/stitched up by the PL”

“It’ll be a day short of 5 weeks without as much as a friendly for most of the starting 11. Difficult to see how they won’t be rusty”

“as it stands our starting 11 is certainly weaker than last season but our bench and (more importantly in my view) our potential is so much stronger.”

“Currently on the raw face of it I feel like Wolves and Sheff Utd both have weaker starting 11s than during the last match up. Them through having a much worse keeper, and us through losing our starting wingbacks.”

“One thing I am mighty relieved about is having Sheff Utd first game of the season, they play a very unusual style with overlapping centre halves, Guardiola even said he had never seen such movements on a football pitch before and I think this caught a lot of teams out last season, having had time to study them and us in particular having more time than most in the lead up to this game I hope it gives us an advantage, although maybe they benefit in the same way I guess.
Can’t see them having as successful a season this time though mainly due to their forwards but they were brilliant last year.”

“I think Sheffield will struggle this season. They don’t realise how much Henderson will be missed. We should be good for at least a point”

“Like last year six will struggle Albion, vile, West ham. Newcastle, Fulham and one surprise possibly sheff utd or West ham”

“if Wilder can get Sheff Utd there [or almost, fell off at the very end], I’m sure Bielsa can do it”

“us and sheff u funishing well has put pressure on any organised decent team that comes up. Pressure from media and fans. Good!”

“I’m still hoping we can win this….even if Traore is at rwb. While he’s no Jonny, I don’t think Vinagre will let us down at all, rest of our team is just better man for man than Sheff ( no disrespect intended for them)”

“Safe to say Adama is in the box seat for RWB on Monday – which probably isn’t a bad thing against Sheff Utd”

“Sheff utds strength is overloading the wings which could expose traore but hopefully he has them on the back foot.”

“Don’t see how Nuno can possibly start Marcal ahead of Saiss. Not been here long enough and no way do I want a 5’10” CB against Sheffield United”

“Marcal just played in a semi-final of the Champions League. We didn’t sign him as one for the future, or as a back-up. We signed him to play him.”

“Personally I would stick with Saiss for this game; I though sheff utd ended up winning the last game against us due to their height advantage at set pieces.”

“Sheff Utd aren’t the sort of team that I would throw in youngsters against, no matter how good they are.”

“With Sheffield United already having adequate cover on the left, it’s difficult to see how Max Lowe would fit into Wilder’s plans for the upcoming campaign. That’s unless, of course, the Blades end up sanctioning an exit for either Robinson or Osborn before the deadline.On the contrary, United can look to bring in reinforcements further up the pitch after scoring just 39 goals in the top-flight last season, which was among the worst scoring records in the entire division.”

“Ampadu is good business for them really, I’d have been happy for us to pick him up.”

“It can be hard to pull off a pink away kit but the Blades have managed to do it with their shirt for the upcoming season.
It’s a softer shade of pink than some clubs have opted for in previous years and really works well.”

“Is the away pub still the one opposite the station? ….oh wait”

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By Roy

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