Wolverhampton Wanderers – Sheffield United: Wolves Latest Team To Struggle Against Organized Sheffield United (1-1)
Wolves enjoyed the majority of possession in this game but often struggled to make breakthroughs against the organized 5-3-2 shape of Sheffield United, who had taken the lead early on. When the away side had the ball, they showed glimpses of the incisive wing-play which has helped them to defy expectations so far this season. Wolves eventually equalized after the hour mark but were unable to push on for a winner.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
This match promised to be interesting from a tactical point of view, as both teams have made their name in the last couple of seasons as being particularly tactically strong compared to most promoted sides.
In particular, both teams are known for their respective three-at-the back systems. Wolves under Nuno Espírito Santo have used both 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 systems in the past eighteen months in the Premier League, and attack proficiently through the wings, utilizing switches of play extremely well.
Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United also use a 3-5-2 formation, with an attacking game that can be fairly wing-focused. The unorthodox aspect of their play which many people have identified is their use of overlapping fullbacks to help create overloads When one team has more players in a certain area or zone than the other team. leading to crossing opportunities in wide areas.
For this game, Wolves went with a 3-4-3 formation. In terms of personnel, there was a league debut at center-back for Max Kilman, due to Willy Boly missing out through injury and Romain Saïss being suspended. Further up the pitch, there was the . . .