Chelsea vs Sheffield Utd
Premier League 2019-20
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 31st August, 2019
Kick-off time: 3pm BST
Chelsea are looking to make it two wins from two as the Blues welcome Sheffield United to the Bridge this afternoon.
Frank Lampard’s side claimed their first Premier League victory of the season last weekend with a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Norwich City, with Tammy Abraham (two) and Mason Mount on the scoresheet.
Chelsea fans will be optimistic of another three points on Saturday, but Chris Wilder’s Blades will hope to make this one a tight game after a decent start to life back in the top flight.
Kante will again be missing as Frank Lampard’s Blues host newly-promoted United in the Premier League on Saturday.
The France international is struggling with an ankle sprain and will not be fit to face the Blades.
Pedro (hamstring) is out having been injured in the warm-up ahead of the win at Norwich last time out, with Antonio Rudiger (knee) and long-term absentees Callum-Hudson Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (both Achilles) also absent.
Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are set to start after their match-winning performances against Norwich City last weekend.
Chelsea Squad News
The Blues are likely to keep the same side that beat Norwich, with Mason Mount having recovered from his knock.
Ross Barkley should keep his spot after replacing Pedro before kick-off, while Tammy Abraham will lead the line once more, following his two goals.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger are back in training, but are unlikely to feature and N’Golo Kante remains out.
Frank Lampard has a clutch of concerns, with Antonio Rudiger currently his biggest doubt, while it is thought that the encounter comes too early for Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek meanwhile is not expected back until the autumn and there remain some questions marks over Pedro, who looks set to miss out with a hamstring problem.
Current Chelsea squad is:
Forwards: Willian, Pedro, Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi, Lucas Piazón, Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi
Midfilders: Ross Barkley, Marco van Ginkel, Jorginho, Mateo Kovačić, Tiemoué Bakayoko, N’Golo Kanté, Danilo Pantić, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Christian Pulišić, Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour
Defenders: César Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rüdiger, Michael Hector, Emerson Palmieri, Andreas Christensen, Baba Rahman, Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi
Goalkeepers: Willy Caballero, Jamal Blackman, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jamie Cumming
Potential Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson; Jorginho, Kovacic; Barkley, Mount, Pulisic; Abraham
Sheffield United Squad News
John Fleck missed the defeat to Leicester last week with a hamstring strain and remains a doubt.
Ravel Morrison impressed in midweek and will be pushing for a start, as will Billy Sharp and Oli McBurnie, who have both scored from the bench this season.
Chris Wilder has an effective clean bill of health, save for John Fleck – and even then, the Blades boss is hopeful that he will be able to feature, having sat out their Carabao Cup clash with Blackburn.
Former Everton defender Phil Jagielka, back at his boyhood club, could be an option if his manager wants to bring further experience into his back-line.
Current Sheffield United squad is:
Forwards: Leon Clarke, David McGoldrick, Billy Sharp, Oliver McBurnie, Lys Mousset
Midfilders: John Fleck, Luke Freeman, Ravel Morrison, Oliver Norwood, George Baldock, Ricky Holmes, Muhamed Bešić, Kieron Freeman, John Lundstram, Callum Robinson, Ben Osborn, Enda Stevens
Defenders: Richard Stearman, Phil Jagielka, Chris Basham, Jake Wright, John Egan, Jack O’Connell, Kean Bryan
Goalkeepers: Simon Moore, Michael Verrips, Dean Henderson
Potential Sheffield United XI : Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Robinson
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will look to rack up his second win of the season when his side host newly-promoted Sheffield United in the Premier League this weekend.
The ex-midfielder wrote his name into legend at Stamford Bridge, but until he edged a 3-2 thriller against Norwich last week, was yet to taste success in the hot seat.
Arriving from Derby to fill the boots of the oft-maligned Maurizio Sarri, Lampard saw his side battered by Manchester United in their opening game, before a devestating penatly shootout loss to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup.
The one-time England star also faces the difficulty of a transfer ban and the loss of the talismanic Eden Hazard, but at the very least now looks to be on the right track – and another former Chelsea hero feels that the circumstances stacked against him could help be his making.
Ex-Blues defender Mario Melchiot feels that the chances Lampard will have to afford young players this season could help them replicate the success of Ajax last year, who came close to conquering Europe in a team untested at that level.
“Chelsea are bringing in the former players to coach, who will help the push for youth that they want to bring through,” he stated. “If I was a young player at Chelsea, then I would be so excited. You have a coach who will give you an opportunity.
“He can’t bring in new players for at least a year so he has to use what he has around him. I have been a long advocate that Chelsea should use their youth players because they win so much at youth level.