Fresh from their win against Spurs, Sheffield Utd host a Mouth-watering Chelsea side since the Premier League returned. We preview the match that could have a significant impact on the teams closing in on the places for European football.
Who is playing?
Sheffield United vs Chelsea
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchday 35
What time is Sheffield Utd vs Chelsea?
17:30 GMT, Saturday 11th July 2020
Where do Sheffield United play?
Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England
Where can I watch Sheffield Utd vs Chelsea?
Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League
Thoughts on Sheffield Utd vs Chelsea?
Chelsea will see this game as a must-win match to maintain their hunt for Champions League football next season. The Blues travel to Sheffield to square off against a Sheffield Utd side that had a poor start following the Premier League’s return. However, they’re beginning to find the rhythm that put them in European contention earlier in the season. The visitors Chelsea start the game in 3rd on 60 points. Despite being in 3rd, a win for Sheffield could reignite their Champions League aspirations as they’re on 51 points in 7th place.
Since Sheffield United’s valiant rise back to the Premier League, both sides have met only once in the Premier League, resulting in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will come into the game with high hopes of a victory, given the performances since the restart have been top notch. However, a stern challenge awaits them as Sheffield Utd often operate with a back 5. This game has a feeling of attack vs. defence written all over it; both sides are fighting for European football, so you do not want to miss watching this one.
Can the Blades put Chelsea to the sword?
Following their impressive 3-1 victory against Spurs, Sheffield United have looked like the team that began the season so brightly, following up with a hard fought draw at Burnley and a win against an exciting Wolves side. Sheffield Utd averaged 1.50 points per game across home and away games; despite this, they have been more prolific at home, earning 1.76 points per game. This gives Sheffield United a +18% advantage when playing at home.
At home this season, Sheffield Utd have scored an average of 1.24 goals per game, in comparison with 0.82 goals conceded per game at home. On-loan goalkeeping sensation Dean Henderson has had a great season, which contributes to under a goal a game being conceded at home. The side has often been known to score an opener against an opponent and then often sit back to protect their lead. They can back this up with 67.6% of their games ending with two goals or under, and you wonder if the plan is working for them as they sit currently in the Europa League places.
In Lampard, we trust
Chelsea have looked unbeatable at times since the Premier League returned, the team have averaged 2.50 points per game since the restart and are showing no signs of slowing down. Overall this season, the visitors have earned 1.76 points per game away from home, scoring 1.59 goals per game away, and conceding 0.94 goals per away game. Willian, Giroud, and Pulisic have been firing on all cylinders, thriving under the roles that ‘Super Frank’ has them playing under.
In 70.6% of Chelsea’s games, two or more goals have been scored. Showing you cannot go wrong for entertainment value when watching Chelsea play football. Following deals to sign both Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, two world-class attacking talents adding to the Chelsea ranks will make them a dominant attacking side in the future. You may have only just seen the beginning of what could be an era dominated by the blue side of London.
Sheffield Utd recent games:
- Wolves (H) 1-0 Win
- Burnley (A) 1-1 Draw
- Spurs (H) 3-1 Win
- Man Utd (A) 3-0 Loss
- Newcastle (A) 3-0 Loss
Chelsea recent games:
- Crystal Palace (A) 3-2 Win
- Watford (H) 3-0 Win
- West Ham (A) 3-2 Loss
- Man City (H) 2-1 Win
- Aston Villa (A) 2-1 Win
Sheffield Utd Top Contributors:
- Lys Mousset (Forward) – Since joining from Bournemouth in the summer window, Mousset Has bagged six goals and four assists, topping the chart for overall goal contributions from any Sheffield Utd player. An influential player in keeping Chris Wilder’s side on the front foot.
- John Fleck (Midfielder) – 5 Premier League goals and 2 Premier League assists (Last scored against Arsenal in January). Tremendous on the ball player and integral part of the Sheffield United midfield.
Chelsea Top Contributors:
- Tammy Abraham (Forward) – 14 goals this season shows exactly why Frank Lampard trusted him to lead the line this season. His performances this year have seen him become a regular in both the Chelsea and England Set-up.
- Willian (Forward) – nine goals and seven assists prove he still is one of Chelsea’s most consistent and reliable players. Involved in all aspects of the attack, his Brazilian flair dazzles defenders and leaves them looking like a fool before scoring or assisting.
|August 31st, 2019||CHE 2-2 SHU||Premier League|
|March 17th, 2007||CHE 3-0 SHU||Premier League|
|October 28th, 2006||SHU 0-2 CHE||Premier League|
|May 7th, 1994||CHE 2-0 SHU||Premier League|
|November 27th, 1993||SHU 1-0 CHE||Premier League|
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