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‘Broken’ Sheffield United take baby steps to rehabilitation – but it is not enough

Sheffield United's players slump to their knees after conceding a late equaliser

Ahead of kick-off at Bournemouth, a chorus of ‘The Great Escape’ is played as a reminder of the club’s rise from the fourth tier to the Premier League.

For most of this fixture, it felt more fitting for Sheffield United, who now are surely playing for pride as much as they are points after a bruising week following Monday’s humiliation at home to Arsenal. Surely, relegation remains an inevitability.

After that match, Chris Wilder said that his players had been “broken” by “a painful season” in the Premier League.

Against Bournemouth, they took what he called “a baby step” towards rehabilitation, playing with grit and resilience, though their lack of quality again thwarted them as they let a two-goal lead slip after conceding from two second-half corners.

“We talked about how ruthless this division is and there’s been a lot of pain running through the group and the only way you answer that is attitude over ability, attitude over everything,” said Wilder.

“I’d imagine every neutral would say it was a bit smash and grab but I think after Monday night a sympathetic eye will allow us that point that we fought really hard for.”

The Blades rode their luck and for so long, everything had been going their way. Early in the first half they conceded a penalty as Tom Davies slid in on Dominic Solanke. But Bournemouth’s top scorer slipped on his standing leg and the ball sailed harmlessly over the bar.

Dominic Solanke slips and blazes his penalty over
Dominic Solanke slips and blazes his penalty over - Getty Images/Robin Jones

Wilder’s side were camped in their own half but a rare counter saw them open the scoring as Gustavo lashed a loose ball into the top corner after Neto had saved Jayden Bogle’s initial effort.

They doubled their lead when captain Jack Robinson forced the ball over the line following a corner, despite Neto clawing the ball away before Anthony Taylor confirmed it was already in.

Bournemouth looked as though they had struck back immediately when Dango Outtara set up Solanke to score from close range but a VAR check confirmed the ball hit Solanke’s hand and the goal was ruled out. A day to forget for Bournemouth’s top scorer.

But then the fortunes changed and four minutes later they did score, very simply, when Ouattara headed in Ryan Christie’s corner unmarked at the near post. Wave after wave of home attacks then ensued before Turkish striker Enes Unal equalised in the 91st minute as he volleyed in from close range following yet another corner, this time from Alex Scott.

Last gasp defensive heroics, particularly from Jack Robinson and Auston Trusty, saw United close out the remaining seven minutes of added time. As Wilder had intimated, few could begrudge them that. Except, perhaps, Andoni Iraola.

“I don’t think it’s a good result for us. We wanted the three points. The team fought until the end and I thought we could complete the comeback because we finished the game much stronger than them,” he said.


Premier League: As it happened


05:02 PM GMT

FT results

Bournemouth 2 Sheffield United 2
Crystal Palace 1 Luton 1
Wolves 2 Fulham 1


05:01 PM GMT

GOAL! Just a consolation goal for Fulham (Wolves 2 Fulham 1)

Alex Iwobi with another stoppage-time goal on the road, but unlike his winner at Old Trafford, this one is not going to count for much.

Iwobi steers in to reduce the deficit but it is nowt more than a consolation. The final whistle goes straight from the re-start, and rockin’ all over the world is blasted out by the PA. Perhaps the “world” is slightly hyperbolic, but Molineux is certainly rocking at the moment.


04:58 PM GMT

GOAL! Luton have found another late goal (Palace 1 Luton 1)

Cauley Woodrow has glanced a header off the far post in the 96th minute and Luton have surely salvaged a point.

Oh Lordy. With seconds of the six added minutes remaining, Townsend crosses from the right. It glances off Cauley Woodrow beyond Johnstone and nestles snugly into the corner of the goal. Crikey, crikey and, furthermore, crikey. 1-1 it finishes.


04:51 PM GMT

GOAL! Bournemouth have rescued it late on (Bournemouth 2 Sheff Utd 2)

Another set-piece does the trick for Bournemouth a new boy Enes Unai and there will eight minutes of stoppage time to find the winner.

You have to feel for Wilder as again the goal comes from a Bournemouth corner. After seeing his initially header cleared off the line, the ball came back to Enes Unal and the Turkish striker scores his first goal for the club. Is there time for a winner?

Enes Unal of AFC Bournemouth s2gduring the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Sheffield United
Enes Unal of AFC Bournemouth s2gduring the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Sheffield United

04:49 PM GMT

Sheff Utd hanging on (Bournemouth 1 Sheff Utd 2)

Bournemouth are throwing the kitchen sink at Sheffield United but so far Wilder’s side are clinging on. The wonderfully named Auston Trusty proved to be just that as he bravely blocked Alex Scott’s goal-bound shot.


04:45 PM GMT

Nobody taking a backward step (Palace 1 Luton 0)

Will Hughes and Odsonne Edouard on for Palace. Off go Mateta and Adam Wharton. Osho off for Luton, Cauley Woodrow on. Nobody’s battening down any kind of hatches.


04:45 PM GMT

Boa Morte and Derry still at it (Wolves 2 Fulham 0)

Luis Boa Morte and Shaun Derry are booked. And, no, this is not the mid-noughties.  The duo are on the Fulham and Wolves staff respectively.

Fulham are not out of this by the way - Jose Sa has just pulled off a pair of cracking saves.


04:40 PM GMT

Palace almost put the game to bed on the counter

Heavens, when Palace attack they almost score. Mateta’s downwards header brings a wonder save from Kaminski and Ahamada hoists the loose ball somewhere towards Purley.


04:36 PM GMT

GOAL! Bournemouth do now have one back (Bournemouth 1 Sheff Utd 2)

Dango Ouattara meets a corner and plants a header into the back of the net.

Wilder will be furious with that goal. After his players had looked so resilient, Outtara was completely unmarked for a simple near post header straight from Christie’s corner. Game on.

AFC Bournemouth's Dango Ouattara scores their first goal
AFC Bournemouth's Dango Ouattara scores their first goal

04:35 PM GMT

Luton piling the pressure on at Selhurst Park (Palace 1 Luton 0)

It’s all Luton now. Sam Johnstone’s saved smartly from Carlton Morris , Hashioka’s flashed a long-rangers over and Palace are swapping Jordan Ayew for Naoirou Ahamada.


04:30 PM GMT

Bournemouth thought they had one back (Bournemouth 0 Sheff Utd 2)

Bournemouth hit straight back through Solanke but it’s been ruled out for handball after a lengthy VAR check. Could this finally be United’s day?


04:28 PM GMT

GOAL! Wolves now in full control at Molineux (Wolves 2 Fulham 0)

Nelson Semedo’s deflected strike leaves Leno with chance. The goal has actually gone down as a Tom Cairney own goal.

If Wolves win this, everyone in here owes Mario Lemina a protein shake (flavour of his choosing). He has been immense. Little wonder most of Molineux is currently belting out his name.

And they just might win it you know - Nelson Semedo doubles the lead. A clever back-heel from Joao Gomes and Semedo’s shot takes a huge deflection off Tom Cairney to wrong-foot Leno. After the now obligatory Var offside check, the goal stands.

What do you do when your first choice front-three are all injured? You turn to your wing-backs for goals, of course.

P.S. here comes Adama...


04:26 PM GMT

Luton growing more dangerous (Palace 1 Luton 0)

A chance for Luton at last. Ogbene heads Kabore’s cross just wide. They’re pushing men up, utilising width and looking more dangerous and not just because Ross Barkley has found another Number 6 shirt with his name on it. Daiki Hashioka’s on too.


04:25 PM GMT

GOAL! Sheffield United double their lead (Bournemouth 0 Sheff Utd 2)

Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto punches the ball on to Solanke’s back and Robinson bundles the ball over the line for Sheffield United. I think this goes down as a shock.

Just as Bournemouth were growing increasingly frustrated Sheffield United go two up! It came from a corner, after which there was an almighty scramble before Blades captain Jack Robinson forced the ball over the goal line to send the away end wild.


04:23 PM GMT

Marco Silva rolls the dice (Wolves 1 Fulham 0)

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Here come the Fulham cavalry. And, much to the relief of Wolves fans, it is not (yet) time for Adama Traore. Still, Willian and Tom Cairney are both more than capable creators.


04:18 PM GMT

A quiet afternoon for Eze so far (Palace 1 Luton 0)

Eberechi Eze’s having one of his quieter days. He’s just skied his first chance. Not going to make the Euros is he?

Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze in action with Luton Town's Reece Burke
Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze in action with Luton Town's Reece Burke

04:13 PM GMT

GOAL! Wolves overcome their injuries to score first (Wolves 1 Fulham 0)

It has been a bright start to the second half by the home team and they have been rewarded with a goal. Rayan Ait-Nouri finds the roof of the net.

Mario Lemina’s name may not fit neatly into the “he’s here, he’s there…” terrace ditty, but he really is all over the place (and I mean that in a good way). This time he reaches the ball first and is fouled by Harrison Reed in a dangerous area. And from that set piece, Rayan Ait-Nouri puts Wolves ahead from close range.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rayan Ait-Nouri scores their first goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rayan Ait-Nouri scores their first goal

04:11 PM GMT

No changes at Selhurst Park (Palace 0 Luton 0)

No changes for anyone at half-time, although referee Gill did spend some of it signing autographs.


04:09 PM GMT

The time-wasting begins at the Vitality (Bournemouth 0 Sheff Utd 0)

A few dark arts being employed by Sheffield United here much to the frustration of Andoni Iraola who is relentlessly berating the 4th Official on the touchline.


04:08 PM GMT

We’re back under way in the second halves

Latest updates from Selhurst Park, Molineux and the Vitality Stadium to follow.


03:52 PM GMT

Palace should be further in front at the break (Palace 1 Luton 0)

Palace must be kicking themselves they’re not more ahead. Not literally kicking themselves of course. That would be counter-productive.


03:52 PM GMT

Tom’s half-time verdict from the Vitality (Bournemouth 0 Sheff Utd 1)

Bournemouth have had all of the ball and most of the chances but it’s Sheffield United who lead at half-time. Their supporters can hardly believe it but Croatian goalkeeper Ico Grbic has been in inspired form. Before today, he’d let in 15 goals in the four games he had played. Big second half ahead.

AFC Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke reacts
AFC Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke reacts

03:51 PM GMT

Half-time scores

Bournemouth 0 Sheff Utd 1
Crystal Palace 1 Luton 0
Wolves 0 Fulham 0

Jean-Philippe Mateta of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his team's first goal with teammates during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Luton Town at Selhurst Park
Jean-Philippe Mateta of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his team's first goal with teammates during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Luton Town at Selhurst Park

03:48 PM GMT

Some needle between the benches at Moineux (Wolves 0 Fulham 0)

Getting a bit tasty between the benches now. Shaun Derry and Gary O’Neil both fuming at one of Fulham’s coaches, with Luis Boa Morte playing peacemaker. Probably frustration - Wolves at yet more injuries and Fulham at not being ahead. Then again, perhaps they are all just trying to keep warm? This is all a bit fragmented and the wind is bitter.


03:46 PM GMT

Palace let Luton off the hook (Palace 1 Luton 0)

Dear oh dear. Two shocking Luton passes – Osho and Doughty again – fall to Palace players in one move. Mateta rounds Kaminski again, only to shoot into the side-netting.


03:45 PM GMT

Yet another Wolves injury...and it’s the one they feared most (Wolves 0 Fulham 0)

Oh no. A huge groan from most of Molineux.

Pedro Neto took on Antonee Robinson, but pulled up just as he looked to accelerate away. Momentum took Neto off the pitch and he immediately started to limp towards the tunnel.  That’s all three of their Wolves’ first choice front three hamstrung now.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Pedro Neto walks off the pitch after sustaining an injury
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Pedro Neto walks off the pitch after sustaining an injury

03:43 PM GMT

Luton struggling at Selhurst Park (Palace 1 Luton 0)

Luton’s bad day keeps getting badder. Issa Kabore is yellow carded for a reckless challenge on Jordan Ayew and Tahith Chong is most displeased with Chiedozie Ogbene for reasons far from clear. It’s a busy day for Premier League debutant referee Sunny Singh Gill – the first British South Asian to do so -  but, unlike too many Luton players, he’s having a fine game.

Referee Sunny Singh Gill gestures during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Luton Town at Selhurst Park
Referee Sunny Singh Gill gestures during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Luton Town at Selhurst Park

03:38 PM GMT

It’s all Fulham at Molineux (Wolves 0 Fulham 0)

Ohhhh they don’t come much closer than that: Tosin rattles the bar from close range. Lovely approach play from Fulham, but Harrison Reed’s cross fell at the feet of Fulham’s centre-back when really they wanted it to be their centre-forward waiting. Gary O’Neil livid with his defence.


03:34 PM GMT

Bournemouth continue to apply the pressure (Bournemouth 0 Sheff Utd 0)

Bournemouth are throwing everything at Chris Wilder’s side who were 4-0 down at by this time against Arsenal on Monday. “We’re not bottom anymore” is the new chant from the away end as United climb above Burnley.


03:32 PM GMT

Glasner an animated presence on the touchline (Palace 1 Luton 0)

Oliver Glasner’s hopping up and down in the technical area like whatever the Austrian equivalent of a leprechaun is, albeit with his arms neatly folded for the most part. Retina-scorching, superwhite trainers too. Palace corner is following Palace corner. Luton look flustered.

Crystal Palace Manager Oliver Glasner during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Luton Town
Crystal Palace Manager Oliver Glasner during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Luton Town

03:29 PM GMT

Fulham go close at Molineux (Wolves 0 Fulham 0)

Chance, and a big one. If only Harry Wilson had a right foot!

He made a superb angled run on Kilman’s blindside, and was found by Alex Iwobi. Alas, the attempted outside-of-the-left-foot finish went wide.


03:28 PM GMT

GOAL! Sheffield United take a surprise lead (Bournemouth 0 Sheff Utd 1)

Could Bournemouth rue that Solanke penalty slip? Former Coventry man Gustavo Hamer has pounced to put Sheffield United in front on the south coast.

Hamer started and finished that move to give United a shock lead. He and McBurnie had worked the ball out to Bogle whose first time shot was saved by Neto before Hamer pounced on the rebound. “How shit must you be, we’re winning away” rings out from the away end.


03:26 PM GMT

Intense start at the Vitality (Bournemouth 0 Sheff Utd 0)

No goals yet at Bournemouth but it’s been a frenetic start with plenty of niggle. Blades keeper Ivo Grbic has just made an excellent, full-stretch save to deny Antoine Semenyo from scoring the opener.

Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke misses from the penalty spot as he slips over during the Premier League match
Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke misses from the penalty spot as he slips over during the Premier League match

03:16 PM GMT

Robert Plant in the stands at Molineux

Robert Plant in the stands during the Premier League match at Molineux Stadium,
Robert Plant in the stands during the Premier League match at Molineux Stadium,

03:14 PM GMT

Penalty miss at the Vitality! Solanke slips and skies his spot kick

The Bournemouth striker kicked the ball twice, so it would not have counted anyway.

Crazy few moments at Bournemouth. Tom Davies, who was just on the end of that thumping challenge, conceded a penalty as he brought down Solanke. It looked harsh but was upheld by VAR. Bournemouth’s top scorer stepped up to take it, completely lost his footing and the ball flew high over the bar.

AFC Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke misses from the penalty spot
AFC Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke misses from the penalty spot

03:13 PM GMT

That’s the end of Bellegarde’s afternoon

Sadly that will be the end of Bellegarde’s afternoon. He has at least walked off, but you have to wonder if that might be an ACL issue? Hopefully not

Tommy Doyle has entered, and will sit alongside Joao Gomes. Suspect Mario Lemina will be asked to push a tad further forward.


03:12 PM GMT

GOAL! Mateta gives Palace the lead with exquisite finish (Palace 1 Luton 0)

The Crystal Palace centre-forward has produced a moment of real class to open the scoring at Selhurst Park.

One for Palace. A sloppy Alfie Doughty backpass finds only Daniel Munoz who hurtles through Gabriel Osho, fortuitously rounds Thomas Kaminski and squares for Jean-Philippe Mateta to backheel in with laudable insouciance.

Jean-Philippe Mateta of Crystal Palace scores his team's first goal with a back-heel
Jean-Philippe Mateta of Crystal Palace scores his team's first goal with a back-heel

03:10 PM GMT

A collision between Ward and Barkley (Palace 0 Luton 0)

Luton have been attracting more plaudits than points of late and Ross Barkley’s looking bloody and groggy after an accidental collision with Joel Ward, who, as is always the way with Joel Ward, is not hurt at all. Oh, Barkley’s back on, now sporting a numberless shirt.


03:10 PM GMT

Another injury worry for Wolves (Wolves 0 Fulham 0)

Jeanricner Bellegarde is on the deck receiving a little TLC from the Wolves physios. Looks like it’s his left knee causing the issue. Worrying signs. He went down with no one around him at all - never promising. Wolves are already light in the forward area.


03:05 PM GMT

How far Palace and Luton have come...

Last time these teams met here at the highest level it was February 1992. Eddie McGoldrick and Scott Oakes scored, Gareth Southgate and Chris Kamara played and only 8591 turned up to watch.

Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze warming up ahead of the Premier League match at Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze warming up ahead of the Premier League match at Selhurst Park

03:05 PM GMT

Early chance at the Vitaly Stadium (Bournemouth 0 Sheff Utd 0)

Ben Brereton Díaz tests Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto as the visitors create the first serious opening of the game. A more positive start for Sheff Utd than the first five minutes against Arsenal.

One or two empty seats in the away end but the Blades fans are in fine voice. Ben Brereton Diaz has just had their first shot, comfortably saved by Neto.


03:01 PM GMT

KICK OFF!

We are under way in the three Premier League three o’clock kick-offs.


03:00 PM GMT

Luton dealing with injury problems

The sun’s shining, AC/DC are being pumped out at AC/DC-appropriate volume, the Luton fans have negotiated the M25 closure. To celebrate, Luton have two goalkeepers on the bench where they’re joined by Andros Townsend, who’s already been generously applauded by the Palace fans. Amari’i Bell and Elijah Adebayo are as injured as injured could be. Palace stick with those who started last week’s fairly encouraging defeat at Spurs.

Luton Town's Carlton Morris during the warm up before the match
Luton's Carlton Morris applauds the away fans - Reuters/Peter Cziborra

02:51 PM GMT

Glasner on Eze’s fitness

Eze did every session from the first until the last minute - he is fit.

He looks very good and, of course, his goal gives him more confidence.

He was able to play 65 minutes without any problems, so he will play more minutes in this game because everything was fine with him.


02:26 PM GMT

More on Fraser...

Afternoon from Molineux. Always enjoy my visits - it has “proper football club” energy.

So, Wolves v Fulham.  Items of interest?

Teenage forward Nathan Fraser (note, those words are now reverberating around my skull to the theme tune of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’) gets a full Wolves debut.

Gary O’Neil said in the week that Fraser was ready to step up...now we get to find out. Remember, joint-top scorers Matheus Cunha and Hee Chan Hwang are absent.

Nathan Fraser of Wolverhampton Wanderers arrives at the stadium ahead of the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham FC at Molineux
Nathan Fraser of Wolverhampton Wanderers arrives at the stadium ahead of the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham FC at Molineux

Fulham have Joao Palhinha returning from a two-game ban but he only makes the bench. Kudos to Marco Silva, who clearly is well aware of the pitfalls of tinkering with a winning side. Also amongst an appetising gaggle of Fulham subs is former Wolves winger Adama Traore. I expect the surrounding ale houses will be full of glass-half-empty types fearing a Traore winner.

Finally, if ever there was a sign that the Premier League has changed football (for better, or for worse), surely it is this: Brazil’s midfield for their Wembley friendly in a fortnight could well be made up of two players lining up against each other today: Joao Gomes and Andreas Pereira.  The mind boggles.


02:21 PM GMT

19-year-old Nathan Fraser starts in attack for Wolves

Wolves are missing Hwang Hee-Chan and Matheus Cunha so a homegrown talent has stepped into the breach.

The shirt of Nathan Fraser is displayed inside the Wolverhampton Wanderers dressing room prior to the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham FC
The shirt of Nathan Fraser is displayed inside the Wolverhampton Wanderers dressing room prior to the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham FC

02:06 PM GMT

Wolves vs Fulham teams

Wolves XI: Jose Sa, Nelson Semedo, Kilman, Santiago Bueno, Ait Nouri, Joao Gomes, Mario Lemina, Sarabia, Bellegarde, Pedro Neto, Fraser

Subs: Noha Lemina, Doherty, Traore, Hugo Bueno, Doyle, Gomes, Bentley, Chirewa, Chiwome

Fulham XI: Leno, Castagne, Adarabioyo, Bassey, Robinson, Reed, Lukic, Wilson, Andreas Pereira, Iwobi, Rodrigo Muniz

Subs: Rodak, Tete, Broja, Cairney, Traore, Ream, De Cordova-Reid, Willian, Joao Palhinha

Fulham's Willian arrives ahead of the Premier League match at Molineux Stadium
Fulham's Willian arrives ahead of the Premier League match at Molineux Stadium

02:04 PM GMT

Bournemouth vs Sheffield United teams

AFC Bournemouth XI: Neto, Smith, Zabarnyi, Mepham, Kerkez, Christie, Cook, Semenyo, Kluivert, Tavernier, Solanke

Subs: Faivre, Ouattara, Scott, Sinisterra, Adams, Unal, Billing, Travers, Kinsey-Wellings

Sheff Utd XI: Grbic, Baldock, Robinson, Trusty, Bogle, Hamer, Arblaster, Tom Davies, Osborn, Brereton, McBurnie

Subs: Ahmedhodzic, Norwood, Foderingham, Vinicius Souza, Larouci, McAtee, Curtis, Osula, Brooks

General view outside the vitality stadium before the match
General view outside the vitality stadium before the match

02:02 PM GMT

Crystal Palace vs Luton Town teams

Crystal Palace XI: Johnstone, Ward, Andersen, Richards, Munoz, Lerma, Wharton, Mitchell, Ayew, Eze, Mateta

Subs: Tomkins, Clyne, Hughes, Edouard, Ahamada, Henderson, Plange, Rodney, Ozoh

Luton XI: Kaminski, Burke, Osho, Mengi, Kabore, Clark, Barkley, Doughty, Ogbene, Chong, Morris

Subs: Hashioka, Shea, Berry, Woodrow, Mpanzu, Krul, Townsend, Nelson, Piesold

Rob Edwards, Manager of Luton Town, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Luton Town
Rob Edwards, Manager of Luton Town, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Luton Town

01:54 PM GMT

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01:27 PM GMT

Glasner wary of ‘very aggressive’ Luton

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of Saturday’s three Premier League three o’clock kick-offs, the most important of which is Crystal Palace vs Luton Town.

With Everton trailing in the lunchtime kick-off at Old Trafford, there appears a chance for Luton to cut the deficit to Sean Dyche’s side. For Palace, this is Oliver Glasner’s second home league match in charge since replacing Roy Hodgson. Palace were 3-0 winners against 10-man Burnley in his first, before surrendering a lead late on in defeat at Spurs. No shame there really, and Palace will have targeted today’s fixture as a must-win. Three points for Palace would take them 11 points clear of Luton which, given possible points deductions to come for Everton and Nottingham Forest, would surely see them safe.

While it may not be the most appetising fixture on the calendar, Luton have provided entertainment value and their games tend to involve big swings in momentum.

Glasner told a press conference: “They are very physical, very aggressive in scoring, and they also have their way of playing that made them successful for many years, and you won’t change it from one week to another.

“So we expect them to play like they always play - with a lot of physicality, a lot of intensity, always pressing, always duels, but of course, then it’s up to us to create space.

“The difficulty is to find the space because you are always under pressure, but if you find it you have opportunities to score.”

Elsewhere, injury-hit Wolves face a tricky home match against Fulham, who are more comfortable in mid-table than many people anticipated following the loss of Aleksandr Mitrovic. Sheffield United also travel to Bournemouth looking to respond to Monday’s six-goal shellacking by Arsenal, but are likely to be on the back foot once more vs Andoni Iraola’s aggressive side.

Full team news from around the grounds shortly.

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