Bournemouth v Sheffield United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 06, 2019
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Sheffield United aim to make their first game back in the Premier League a success, but face a difficult trip to Bournemouth. The Cherries have been uncharacteristically active in the transfer market this summer, and fans will hope fresh blood will reverse stagnation over the past two seasons.
It has been 32 years since Sheffield United last lost to Bournemouth, although the sides met as recently as 2013. The Blades won that games thanks to an early strike from Jamie Murphy.
Eddie Howe is expected to allow time for his new signings to settle in, instead starting last season's players including Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, although David Brooks faces a few months on the side-lines with an ankle injury. Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling are likely to start in central midfield, although Philip Billing may make the bench.
Chris Wilder has overhauled his squad from last season, bringing in Phil Jagielka from Everton, Oliver McBurnie from Swansea and Callum Robinson from Preston. The manager will want to integrate his top signings into the side as soon as possible meaning that all three may well start on Saturday.
Bournemouth v Sheffield United Prediciton and Previews
Bournemouth will need to beat the likes of Sheffield if they are to match fans expectations, although may find it harder than expected on the opening game of the season.
At the end of last season, the big story surrounding Bournemouth was whether they would be able to hand onto their star players over the summer. However, with the first game of the season rapidly approaching, the likes of Callum Wilson, Josh King, Nathan Ake and Ryan Fraser all remain at the club.
What's more, the signing of Arnaut Danjuma is expected to provide squad depth both up front and on the wing. With what appears his strongest squad in years, Howe is 19/20 to win his opening match.
Sheffield have also recruited this summers, looking back at the Championship for inspiration. McBurnie and Robinson will both be keen to impress in the Premier League, whilst Mousset will want to show Bournemouth that they were wrong to sell him.
It is also worth keeping an eye on Ravel Morrison, the former Manchester United prospect joining Wilder's side on a free transfer. Despite the midfielder's career stalling in recent years, he remains a naturally gifted player, and, if he can remain match fit, could be a real bonus for the Blades.
It may take Wilder a few games to acclimatise to the Premier League, but as Howe showed with Bournemouth four seasons ago, it is far from impossible.
Callum Wilson to score anytime at 13/10
The English forward seemed to hit his stride last season, and will hope to carry that forward to Saturday.
Bournemouth to win to nil at 13/5
It takes a while for newly promoted sides to find their offensive rhythm and Wilder may instead aim to focus on defence for the opening few games.