Although Bournemouth may have briefly flirted with a surprise European charge entering 2019, the Cherries had to settle for another bottom-half finish and their sole ambition will once again be on securing their top-flight status.
Putting three past Ligue 1 heavyweights Lyon last weekend, Eddie Howe’s men also secured victories over Brentford and AFC Wimbledon in-between a dramatic 4-3 defeat against Lazio.
Much like Saturday’s hosts, a returning Sheffield United have heavily featured in high-scoring encounters during their pre-season preparations.
Opting to add a string of new additions to their squad after ending a 12-year Premier League absence, the Blades suffered a 3-1 loss away at Reims in their final pre-season appearance to end a run of three wins on the bounce.
Considering that 10 of the 12 combined summer matches between the two sides have seen over 2.5 goals, you will be interested to know that Bet365 are offering 10/11 on a similar result at the Vitality on Saturday afternoon.
Harry Wilson expected to shine
Although Bournemouth may have splashed almost £50million this summer on the likes of Philip Billing and Arnaut Danjuma, it is one of their loan arrivals who has made the biggest impact on the South Coast.
Securing the services of the highly-touted Harry Wilson on a season-long loan deal from Liverpool, the 22-year-old is expected to fill the void left by David Brooks who is sidelined for three months with an ankle injury.
Arguably the key factor in Derby’s push for the Championship Play-off Final last season, Wilson bagged 18 league goals for the Rams last year, the best return of any player at Pride Park.
Also finding the net against Borussia Dortmund and Lyon during Liverpool’s pre-season tour, it is also worth noting that the winger found the net in his last appearance against Sheffield United back in December.
With Eddie Howe hoping that Wilson can form a partnership with last year’s leading marksman Callum Wilson, the starlet is pencilled in at 11/4 with Ladbrokes to open his Premier League account on Saturday.
An immediate Championship return for the Blades?
Elsewhere, after making a Premier League return after a 12-year absence, Sheffield United are already an overwhelming favourite for the drop with the bookies this season.
As low as 4/6 to make an immediate Championship return with Bet365, they can also be found at 6/5 with William Hill to secure back-to-back campaigns in the top-flight.
Chris Wilder has promised he intends to make few tactical changes to a team that finished five points adrift of eventual Championship winners Norwich.
Although the Blades’ boss has stated that “we aren’t going to take a wrecking ball to how we’ve played” fans around Bramall Lane have seen a number of new attacking options come through the door.
Now breaking their record transfer fee on three occasions this summer, including a £10million deal for former Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset, most will be excited by the addition of £20million man, Oliver McBurnie.
Bagging 22 Championship goals with Swansea last season, the Scotland international can also be found at 2/1 with Ladbrokes to find the net in his Premier League debut at the Vitality.
Betting Tip: Bournemouth win and both teams to score – 3/1 @ Bet365