A rejuvenated Chelsea side lock horns with struggling Sheffield United this weekend as Chris Wilder’s men visit Stamford Bridge searching for their first league win this season.
The Blues will look to build on their recent run of wins and extend their five-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. After a string of woeful defensive displays during the start, Frank Lampard’s side appear to have found the perfect balance between defence and attack, with a 3-0 win at Turf Moor following a pedestrian display at Manchester United.
With the Blues’ trajectory has been somewhere on the up, the Blades have made a miserable start to the campaign. Sheffield United are languishing in 19th in the table and despite some encouraging performances of late, pressure is mounting on Wilder and his men to kick-start the campaign.
Where to Watch
When is Kick-Off? Saturday 7 November
What Time is Kick-Off? 17:30 ( GMT )
Where is it Played? Stamford Bridge
TV Channel/ Live Stream? Sky Sports Main Event/ Sky Sports Premier League ( UK )
Referee? Jon Moss
Here’s how the two sides have fared in their last five games across all competitions.
Chelsea 3-0 Rennes (04/11)
Burnley 0-3 Chelsea (31/10)
Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea (28/10 )
Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea (24/10)
Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla (20/10)
Sheffield United 0-1 Manchester City (31/10)
Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United (24/10)
Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham (18/10 )
Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United (04/10)
Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds United (27/09)
Chelsea will be without Kai Havertz after he tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League win over Rennes.
Christian Pulisic is a major doubt after pulling up in the warm-up last week, and while his hamstring injury is not thought to be serious, Lampard will not take any risks on a player who has only just returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a similar problem.
Billy Gilmour is the only other absentee for the Blues, who had the luxury of taking off a few players early in midweek.
As for Sheffield United, they’ll be without Ethan Ampadu as he is ineligible to face his parent club, further limiting Wilder’s defensive options with Jack O’Connell sidelined for the season too.
John Fleck and Lys Mousset have returned to training in limited capacity and it’ll be a while before either of them return to action.