Chelsea will travel to Bramall Lane for a crucial premier league showdown against Sheffield United as they seek to nail down third spot on the log with Manchester United and Leicester City breathing down their neck.
Chelsea have enjoyed some good form recently, winning four of their last five fixtures with the only defeat coming against West Ham United in a London Derby while the Blades have won two, drawn two and lost just once.
The Blues desperate for UEFA Champions League qualification and Sheffield are battling hard for the Europa League spot in their first season back in the premier league – a remarkable feat for the Chris Wilder’s men.
They have meet seven times in the premier league and both sides have won three times each and played one draw. Against Wolves last time out, Sheffield United won 1-0 for the seventh time in the Premier League this season – more than any other side. The Blades are looking to secure four consecutive Premier League home wins for the first time. Chelsea have won their last five Premier League matches in Yorkshire and are unbeaten in their last nine there, since December 2002.
Sheffield manager Chris Wilder hopes to have John Fleck (groin) and David McGoldrick (foot) available while Frank Lampard will be without youngster, Billy Gilmour and French World Cup winner N’Golo Kante.
John Egan vs Olivier Giroud:
Egan has scored in back-to-back matches and a danger from set pieces but will have to be at his best playing against the powerfully built Giroud.
The Blues forward has scored four goals in his last six PL appearances and is aiming to find the net in a third successive match for the first time since January 2017.
Chris Basham vs Christian Pulisic
Pulisic is fondly called Captain America and he has come back from injury flying at the restart of the premier league and was again on the scoresheet when Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park last time.
Basham will need to be alert throughout the whole match as the American is slippery and in fantastic form.
Sheffield: Dean Henderson, Jack O’Connell, Chris Basham, John Egan, George Baldock, Enda Stevens, Oliver Norwood, Ben Osborn, Sander Berge, Billy Sharp,David McGoldrick
Chelsea: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma; Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Jorginho; Willian, Christian Pulisic; Olivier Giroud
Referee: Andre Marriner. Assistants: Richard West, Darren Cann. Fourth official: Lee Mason.
Replacement official: Nick Barnard. VAR: Andy Madley. Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin.
Sheffield United 1-1 Chelsea