We host another newly promoted team in the form of Sheffield United, who finished second in the Championship last season, behind our last week’s opponents, Norwich. They come into this match having beaten Blackburn midweek in the Carabao Cup. Their unbeaten start in the Premier League, however, was brought to a halt by Leicester, courtesy of Vardy and a stunning half volley by Barnes. They did get one back though, with new signing Oli McBurnie getting on the scoresheet.
Chelsea come into this game on the back of our first win of the season against Norwich. Following the Carabao Cup as well as the Champions League draw, all attention has shifted to the return of the Premier League, with our wait of a first clean sheet of the season still going on.
Our opponents have been consistent with their use of five defenders (with two wingbacks) and I expect to see a similar shape when they visit us tomorrow. They will probably sit back and let us have the ball, while posing a threat from counter attacks. Set pieces should be our biggest concern, though, as they have players who are very good in the air, and our defending from such positions is nothing short of woeful.
Frank Lampard, in his press conference has confirmed that N’Golo Kante, Pedro and Rudiger will not feature tomorrow. This could allow Kovacic to continue his impressive form in midfield, and we could catch another glimpse of Mount on the wings.
On asked about potential departures of Kenedy and Bakayoko, Frank says he is unsure and anything could happen till the end of the transfer window.
Sheffield United, on the other hand do not have any major injury concerns except the fitness of midfielder John Fleck.
Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Barkley, Pulisic, Abraham
Prediction: 3-1 to Chelsea (Pulisic, Abraham, Emerson)
Chelsea vs Sheffield United
Saturday, 31st August
Kick Off : 3pm UK time