Chelsea aiming to break into the top four off the back of good run of form against Sheffield United
Chelsea to win 3-0
Chelsea are quietly going about their business of working their way up the Premier League table – although currently sitting in 7th, they have the opportunity of breaking into the top four if other results go their way.
Both Chelsea and Manchester United were criticised for their dull draw two weeks ago, but it is Chelsea who have come out of it better since, recording two victories while the Red Devils have tasted two defeats.
Lampard’s team look like a side who have a clear plan of how they want to play football and are starting to pick up results with increasing consistency.
Sheffield United have also been consistent, however it is at the opposite end of the spectrum for Chris Wilder’s men who still search for their first win of the season.
Two goals are all that separate them and Burnley at the bottom of the table and time is quickly running out for Wilder to turn things around.
Form Guide (all comps): DDWWW
Reasons to be cheerful:
Great Champions League form has added to their confidence in the league
New goalkeeper Mendy looks like their missing puzzle piece
Reasons to be fearful:
Kai Havertz is out through coronavirus
Opposition are struggling to score goals
Chelsea have certainly looked a whole lot better since new goalkeeper Mendy came in at the end of the transfer window.
Any doubt about that position has now completely disappeared and it means that Chelsea look like a far more solid unit. This in turn has helped their attack – scoring 10 goals in the last three matches.
Timo Werner is looking better with each game, it seems. After taking some time to adapt, he now has 7 goals and 2 assists this season. He will miss his German teammate Kai Havertz who misses out through Covid-19.
You feel that their wins in the Champions League have also helped their confidence, taking 7 points from 9 available so far.
Understandably they will have to be wary of a response from Sheffield United, but this should not be one of their tougher games this season.
Star Man – Timo Werner
Is going from strength to strength in a Chelsea shirt and is linking up well with others around him.
Form Guide (all comps): LLDLL
Reasons to be cheerful
Manager maintains that confidence is high
Kinder schedule after the International Break next week
Reasons to be fearful
Just one win in 10 league games stretching back to last season
Three goals scored in seven matches
The situation is looking increasingly bleak for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United and you feel that they are, already, fighting for their survival in the league this season.
Keeping goals out of your own net is always a struggle for the smaller teams in the division, though those who score plenty of goals are more likely to survive than those who don’t.
Unfortunately, United are a side who cannot seem to buy a goal at the moment, scoring the joint-lowest number of goals this season. The arrival of Rhian Brewster up front does not seem to have eased concerns.
Although they finished 9th last season, their poor form has continued longer than just the previous few matches, with just one win picked up in the last 10.
They could be in for a long afternoon here.
Star Man – Rhian Brewster
Although only 20 years old, he really needs to step up otherwise Sheffield United are doomed.
Chelsea will boss the game and create many chances
The Blues are likely to score two or more goals
Timo Werner a good shout to get on the scoresheet
If Chelsea are in the right mood, they could make this a very uncomfortable afternoon for Sheffield United this weekend.
The Blues are in great form in front of goal, and with Sheffield United’s struggles going forward they shouldn’t have too much to worry about at the back.
Werner is not only scoring goals, but also linking up well with the likes of Mount and Abraham, the latter himself in good scoring form.
Chelsea to win 3-0