It will certainly be a must-win type of situation for Frank Lampard and his Chelsea side on Saturday afternoon as they prepare to take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Though the Blues have been in fine form since the restart, and their offense is surely clicking at the moment, with many contenders hot on their trails for a coveted Champions League side, Chelsea cannot avoid any slip-ups against inferior opposition. Coming off of a big win at Crystal Palace mid-week, Chelsea will be looking to replicate that outing against a stingy Sheffield side.
For Sheffield United, a bad run of form has somewhat been reversed. Chris Wilder has his side playing together again, and though spots in Europe are likely out of the question, and this group is basically only playing for pride – they’re still a tough side to put away. With some key bodies coming back into the side, things are once again looking up for the Blades.
Can Sheffield United’s rejuvenated squad pull off a shocker and derail this Chelsea freight train? Or will the blue wave of Frank Lampard’s side continue their march up the table? Read on beneath the posted odds for a matchup breakdown and betting analysis for Chelsea vs. Sheffield United on Saturday.
Chelsea vs. Sheffield United Betting Odds:
Sheffield United (+440)
Over 2.5 (-104)
Under 2.5 (-116)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Chelsea vs. Sheffield United Pick:
Chelsea enter this game in fine form, and the thinking here is that should be able to continue. Even though games are quite condensed at the moment, Frank Lampard boasts great depth in his side, even with some injuries.
In the midfield, N’Golo Kante is still out injured, meaning Jorginho should be able to fill his place in the center of the pitch. Jorginho will be influential at winning balls back against a pesky and tight-marking Sheffield United side.
For Sheffield United, Chris Wilder’s side have been playing better of late and will be getting some key bodies back into the side – but you do have to wonder if it matters given Chelsea’s dominant form? Jack O’Connell will come back into defense, while Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick will try to generate some offense as the attacking duo.
In a 3-5-2 formation, look for Sheffield to clog up the midfield and try to disrupt the time and space Chelsea have to operate. All season long, they’ve been well-structured and organized, and their shape is crucial to their success.
While full kudos should go to newly promoted Sheffield United on an excellent season, there’s a big talent disparity and motivational mismatch on display for Saturday. Chelsea need this game, and won’t be taking their foot off the pedal whatsoever. Jorginho will be keen to re-establish himself in the side, while the American Christian Pulisic cannot be stopped at the moment. The speed and quality going forward for the Blues will prove to be too much. Chelsea secures another victory.
Pick: Chelsea 2-1