Another tough game!
Chelsea travel to Sheffield United for MW 23 of the Premier League season on Sunday night. Sheffield United still bottom of the table have 3 wins this season all coming over the last 5 games. The Blades have finally managed to pick up some form but still find themselves 12 points from safety with a mountain to climb. Last season Sheffield United were one of the surprise teams that did well just missing out on Europa League football. This season a very poor start has found them well off the pace and that could be due to multiple reasons. One factor that has played a part in Sheffield United’s poor form has been the absence of fans due to Covid. Sheffield United one of the smaller clubs is very much driven by the backing they have both home and away. Playing the defensive football that play can be tough if their isn’t a full stadium cheering you on. So with 16 games to go they look to pull off a miracle this season and stay up.
Chelsea go into this game having beaten Spurs 0-1 in the last game. It was a game in which the Blues dominated the 1st half and managed to see out the 2nd without any real threat coming their way. It’s been a positive start under Tuchel and the players along with the manager will want to continue that. The football has been quick and the pressing has been intense but if there is one criticism I have of Chelsea at the moment it is the lack of finishing up front. The fact is that after all the dominance we have had and all the chances we have created we have only scored 3 goals. 2 by defenders and 1 penalty. Now granted Burnley and Spurs did sit back and make it hard and there was little space but still we could have scored way more. It has been a problem since the 17/18 season, we tend to create so much but finish only a fraction of those chances. That is one area that I want Chelsea to show improvement in. The players are playing well all that is missing are the goals.
Chelsea Team Preview
Tuchel has a fully fit squad to select from apart from Silva who was injured in the last game and I expect there to be some rotation but not a lot since we do play Barnsley in our next game. Mendy should start in goal and I actually think that we might switch to a back four for this game. Reece James and Chilwell as the full backs with Zouma and Rudiger as the centre backs. Mount and Kovacic should start in the midfield with Havertz playing right behind Werner as the striker. Hudson-Odoi and Ziyech should start as the wingers. Of course it’s really anyones guess when it comes to Tuchel because he likes tweaking the formation and the lineup so this is more of a personal choice than anything else. Sheffield United will be expecting us to start with a back three and playing a back four could surprise them and give us an advantage.
Sheffield United Team Preview
Sheffield United will be without Ethan Ampadu who is on loan from Chelsea and has been playing really well for them but other than that the players should be available. Sheffield United should use their patented 3 at the back formation and with some key players back they still pose a threat. Sharp has been important in recent weeks while the likes of Lundstram and Fleck can always cause problems. Its going to be a tough task to break this team down.
Starting XI Prediction
It’s yet another game for Chelsea in which we have to break 5 man defence to score and hopefully we have gotten better at it and win convincingly. It’s going to be tough but nothing good ever came easy. COME ON CHELSEA!!!