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Chelsea vs Sheffield United Prediction & Match Preview



Chelsea

Sheffield United

21 March 2021 13:30 UK/ 14:30 CET FA CUP Stamford Bridge

Chelsea will be looking to book their place in the FA Cup semis when they take on Sheffield United at their Stamford Bridge. 

The Blues have been producing excellent displays under new boss Thomas Tuchel, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to win the FA Cup clash. 

Even though the German tactician is likely to stick to his rotation policy, home win should be considered. Both Tammy Abraham and Thiago Silva remain on the sidelines with injuries.

The Blades, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-0 loss to Leicester City. 

Sheffield United are having a season to forget, and given their poor away record, we do not believe that the underdogs are capable of spoiling Chelsea’s party at Stamford Bridge. 

Ireland attacker McGoldrick has overcome his injury, but Berge, Egan, O’Connell, and Jack Robinson remain in the recovery room.

Chelsea vs Sheffield United: Head to Head

The last time the clubs played at Stamford Bridge Chelsea won 4-1.
The clubs have only played each other 5 times in the last 14 years and Sheffield United have just 1 victory.
Based on the clubs games over the past 10 years there is a 100% win rate to see over 2.5 goals.
Chelsea have scored 6 goals past Sheffield United in their last two meetings.

Chelsea vs Sheffield United: Prediction

As expected Chelsea are around 1.30 to win this game and that doesn’t offer much value to us. We do expect the club to win though.

The good news in a way for Sheffield United is that they have nothing to lose and might as well take risks, we think they will and that is why we could see a few goals at the weekend.

Chelsea could be in cruise control and still win this game and we think they can at least get 3 goals in what should be a walk in the park for them.

Team News:

Tuchel is expected to make changes from the side that beat Atletico Madrid in midweek, with midfield duo Mason Mount and Jorginho - suspended for that European tie - among those ready to return.

Chelsea will be without Thiago Silva and this season's FA Cup top-scorer Tammy Abraham again, with both players set to use the international break to fully recover from injury, but Andreas Christensen could be back available after illness.

Emerson Palmieri's only action under Tuchel had been in the FA Cup prior to his 93rd-minute introduction against Atletico, and his goal one minute later could earn him a start here - although Ben Chilwell is also pushing for a left-back berth.

Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Billy Gilmour, Olivier Giroud and Kepa Arrizabalaga are among the other players who sat on the bench in midweek and will therefore hope to start on Sunday.

Sheffield United are likely to field as strong a lineup as possible with the FA Cup now the only thing left to fight for this season, although their options at the back in particular are severely depleted.

Phil Jagielka is a doubt due to the tragic death of his brother this week, while Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu is unable to face his parent club.

The duo join John Egan, Jack Robinson and Jack O'Connell as defensive absentees, meaning that Enda Stevens will likely need to fill in as one of the three centre-backs.

Sander Berge and Jack Rodwell are also sidelined, but David McGoldrick is now back in training after missing out against Leicester last weekend with a knee injury.

Billy Sharp has scored the winning goals in both of the last two rounds of the FA Cup, and so will hope to keep his place ahead of Rhian Brewster.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Gilmour, Chilwell; Pulisic, Giroud, Mount

Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Basham, Bryan, Stevens; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Lowe; McGoldrick, Sharp


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