After another comfortable win in the Uefa Champions League against Rennes, Frank Lampard’s side will look to keep their winning momentum going when they take on Sheffield United on Saturday evening.
The Blues will be aiming to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games across all competitions when they go head to head again Premier League bottom-feeders Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Unfortunately for Blues manager Frank Lampard, he will once again have to make do without the services of key attacker Christian Pulisic, who is nursing a thigh injury, as well as club record signing Kai Havertz, who tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.
‘He [Pulisic] is not fit to play. He is still suffering with his hamstring and he is not training. With Kai, we must wait until he is symptom-free first of all and then he will have to have a negative test, so at the moment that is not decided, that is not clear,’said Frank Lampard.
Lampard also confirmed that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had recovered from his shoulder injury and would be available for selection on Saturday. ‘Kepa has recovered. He still is getting a slight bit of pain but he is in the squad for tomorrow,’ Lampard reported.
However, considering the impact that summer signing Edouard Mendy has made in his opening few matches for Chelsea, he should now be the undisputed first-choice in goal, with Kepa Arrizabalaga only likely to make the bench against Sheffield United.
Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma have forged a solid partnership at the heart of the Chelsea defence and Frank Lampard isn’t likely to tinker with that when the Blades come visiting. No changes are expected in the full-back slots as well, with the impressive English duo of Ben Chilwell and Reece James in line for another start.
Havertz’s unavailability does open up a spot in the middle of the park for Frank Lampard’s side. And Blues boss is likely to stick with the trio that he picked in the Uefa Champions League fixture against Rennes, meaning Jorginho, Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante from the get-go once again, while Mateo Kovacic waits for his opportunity on the bench.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is pushing for a start in attack in Christian Pulisic’s absence. However, with Timo Werner shinning bright starting on the left flank in recent fixture and Hakim Ziyech nailing down the spot on the right-wing, Hudson-Odoi could miss out once again. Abraham should be the man spearheading the Chelsea attack against Sheffield United.
Chelsea Predicted Starting XI: Mendy; Zouma, Silva, James, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho, Mount; Ziyech, Abraham, Werner.