Kick-off: 1500, 31/08/2019
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Frank Lampard has enjoyed his first taste of success as Chelsea boss and will be hoping to build on that when Sheffield United visit Stamford Bridge.
The Blades have not looked overawed by playing in the Premier League so far, but it will be a surprise if they can compete with the top teams at this level.
Punters can get 23/20 for a home win to nil and that is our initial Chelsea vs Sheff Utd prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea suffered a chastening experience when thumped 4-0 at Manchester United first up, but showed far more promise than that scoreline suggested and have since steadied the ship.
Losing out to Liverpool on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup after a 2-2 stalemate was unlucky and surrendering an early lead to draw 1-1 here with Leicester was frustrating.
However, the Blues came on strong in the second period to prevail 3-2 at Norwich, with Tammy Abraham bagging a brace and fellow academy graduate Mason Mount also on target.
“We had a tough start and I have got to say I am happy with a lot of the performances,” commented Lampard.
“I saw a lot of good things at Norwich – things we can improve, but a real good belief in the players, the way they played.”
With Wolves away and Liverpool at home the next two fixtures following this clash, Lampard will be looking for a clinical victory.
We reckon 6/1 for the Blues to oblige 2-0 stands out from the Chelsea vs Sheff Utd odds.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Jorginho, Barkley, Kovacic, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham.
N’Golo Kante will again be missing for Chelsea due to an ankle sprain. Pedro (hamstring) is also out, along with Antonio Rudiger (knee) and long-term absentees Callum-Hudson Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (both Achilles).
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
Championship runners-up Sheffield United showed plenty of ambition in the summer transfer window and have reaped some instant rewards.
A 1-1 draw at Bournemouth was followed by a 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace on home turf, but losing 2-1 to Leicester may have been a reality check.
Oli McBurnie broke his duck for the Blades but well-taken strikes from Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes highlighted a gulf in class.
Ravel Morrison’s man-of-the-match display in Tuesday’s EFL Cup triumph over Blackburn showed Chris Wilder does have attacking options.
“He’s a bit of a free spirit and we have to work hard on the sidelines to nail him down at times from a shape point of view and out of possession,” said Wilder, who made 10 changes for that contest.
“But I think you’ve seen what he gives you in possession. We want him to play further forward at times, because when he does, he goes into overdrive and speeds the game up. He’s got genuine quality to hurt.”
This clash could come too soon into Morrison’s rehabilitation, though, and we fear the visitors may not be sharp enough up front to trouble Chelsea.
Blues forward Abraham netted for Aston Villa against the Blades last term, so 20/1 he strikes first in a 2-0 success completes our Chelsea vs Sheff Utd betting tips.
Last Sheff Utd EPL line-up: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Egan, Lundstram, Freeman, Norwood, Robinson, McGoldrick.
Norwich 2-3 CHELSEA – Tammy Abraham (2), Mason Mount
SHEFF UTD 2-1 Blackburn – Richard Stearman, Oliver Norwood
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