Preview - Chelsea vs Sheffield United 31 August 19

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Match Day 4
Chelsea vs. Sheffield United
Saturday, August 31st 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: W D L D W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.66
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.03
Top Scorer (18/19): Pedro ( 8 )

Sheffield United:
Last five matches form: W D D W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.70
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.89
Top Scorer (18/19): Billy Sharp (23)

Following the euphoria of their first win back in the top flight against Crystal Palace, it was back down to earth for Sheffield United last weekend as they lost at home to Leicester City. The Blades face a tough game as they attempt to rebound from that, as next on the agenda it's this trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Frank Lampard and Chelsea.

This will be the first meeting between these sides in over a decade. Chelsea did the double over Sheffield United in that 2006/07 Premier League season, winning this game 3-0 and coming out on top 2-0 at Bramall Lane.

Chelsea arrive on the back of their first win of the season, having come away from Carrow Road with a 3-2 win against Norwich, with Tammy Abraham hitting a double.

Chelsea have looked excellent at times in all three of their games - even that opening day hammering at Old Trafford - and the fact that they have continually created chances must be encouraging for the new man in the hotseat.

Sheffield United seem to be acclimatising well overall, and there's no real shame in losing to Leicester. That said, they face another side who look significantly better on paper here, and this time they are away from home.

A naturally attacking outfit, Sheffield United will likely be forced to defend for long periods here - taking them out of their comfort zone - and Chelsea are fancied to break them down.

Prediction: Chelsea 4 - 1 Sheffield United


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  13 - 8
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 3 - 4
Possession: 62% - 38%

Referee Stuart Attwell reached for his notebook just the once at Stamford Bridge, taking the name of Sheffield United's Oliver McBurnie.

Chelsea broke the deadlock in the nineteenth minute in what was a moment to forget for Sheffield United keeper Dean Henderson. Nice move through midfield from Chelsea, ending with Tammy Abraham getting on the end of a cross from the right. His header looked to pose little threat though as Henderson attempted to gather it up but - under pressure from Christian Pulisic - only succeeded in spilling it back into Abraham's path. Simple finish from there for the frontman.

Credit to Sheffield United, they did play some nice stuff in response, and nearly levelled when Callum Robinson sent a diving header from six yards wide of the post.

By the break though, the Blades would be two down. Calamitous defending from the two Sheffield United centre-backs, both going for the same ball but merely flicking it on for Abraham in the area. Abraham taking a touch to his right before firing into the bottom left from around 14 yards in the 43rd minute.

Just one minute into the second half Sheffield United had a lifeline. Excellent work from Enda Stevens down the left flank - beating two men and cutting the ball back to the edge of the six-yard box. Callum Robinson the man on hand to finish smartly into the right-hand side.

Not long after that Henderson got down superbly to deny Abraham a hattrick from close range and keep his side in the game.

And then in the 89th minute Robinson - who was excellent throughout - played in a cross from the left-hand side which initially looked to have been flicked into the right hand side by Lys Mousset. He certainly celebrated as such. Upon review the forward didn't get anything on it as the ball instead went in off Kurt Zouma for the own goal.

2-2 final score. Big point on the road for the Blades. Major disappointment for Chelsea.

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