Tom Love has one selection for Sheffield United vs Chelsea this weekend
Both Teams To Score
Chelsea hope to keep up their good form since the restart as they travel north to Bramall Lane to take on high flying Sheffield United. The Blades have recovered from a slight hiccup to retrieve 7 points from their last 9, including two home wins over Spurs and Wolves. Chris Wilder continues to work wonders with his hometown club and although a top 5 finish now looks out of the question, they are in pole position for a Europa league spot.
They’ve rotated successfully with Ben Osborn and Sander Berge both impressing since coming in for John Fleck and John Lundstram. Influential centre half Jack O’Connell is back in the fold now too although Wilder will be sweating on the fitness of strikers Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick. They’ll continue with their successful 5-3-2 and look to create overloads in wide areas and deliver balls to the frontmen. They’ve profited off set-pieces often this season and credit to the work Alan Knill does with them on those situations on the training paddock. Chelsea are one of the most suspect teams at defending corners and free kicks so John Egan will be looking at making it three goals in a row no doubt. He’s a best price 22/1 shot to do so if you want a small flutter on the Irishman.
Chelsea have won 5 out of 6 on their return, an impressive feat for Frank Lampard and co. Although they’ve had to contend with a transfer ban they have had the squad depth to ride the storm and it’s hugely benefited them in the past month. They do have injuries in the midfield department though, Billy Gilmour and N’Golo Kante both ruled out and Matteo Kovacic is a doubt. Lampard isn’t short of options though, Jorginho may well come back into the fold alongside two of Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount.
Chelsea look a bit short to me here though, the Blades came from behind to take a draw in the reverse fixture and I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar happened here. The Bookies still don’t seem to rate Sheffield United that strongly although they’re up there on merit. I’ll be swerving the 4/7 quotes on the visitors that’s for sure.
Instead I’ll plump for the hearty odds-against quote on both teams to score. I’m surprised it’s not odds-on to be honest. The hosts have scored in 8 of their last 9 on home soil, the only one they failed to score in was against Manchester City. Chelsea have kept just a single clean sheet when playing away from home in the league this season but have scored in all but two of those. 14/17 of their away games have therefore seen BTTS cop. I see no reason why that won’t be the case here and the price available is a gift!