Chelsea are scheduled to face Sheffield United on the road in today’s late Premier League clash. The Blues have kept their top-four spot intact since October and they recently moved into the third place.
The upcoming game at Bramall Lane remains a must-win for them, particularly with fifth-placed Manchester United being just two points behind in the standings with a better goal difference.
Blues boss Frank Lampard has the opportunity to match the three-at-the-back formation which is regularly deployed by Chris Wilder’s side. However, judging by the club’s recent success with the 4-3-3 system, he may opt against the change.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was criticised by some Blues fans after conceding off the long-range strike from Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha. The shot-stopper made up for the same with a crucial stoppage-time save in the 3-2 win. He is expected to start between the sticks.
In the defence, no changes are likely. Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta should continue in the right and left-back positions respectively. Andreas Christensen did not have the best of games against Palace last time around, but Lampard may stick with him ahead of Antonio Rudiger, who has equally been vulnerable to defensive errors of late.
The Dane should be accompanied by Kurt Zouma, who made the headlines after the midweek derby. The Frenchman produced one of his best performances of the season and he came up with a superb last-ditch tackle in the final seconds of the encounter when Christian Benteke seemed on course to make it 3-3 on the night.
In the centre of the park, Jorginho could return to the starting lineup for the first time since the restart after COVID-19 break. The Italian is likely to take up the place of Billy Gilmour, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing a surgery for a knee ligament injury.
N’Golo Kante continues to remain sidelined with a hamstring injury and he won’t take any part against Sheffield. On the other hand, Mateo Kovacic is available following his brief absence due to an Achilles problem. Still, we are fancying Ross Barkley and Mason Mount to take up the remaining midfield positions. Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be restricted to a substitute role once more.
In the frontline, no changes are expected. Christian Pulisic and Willian should be automatic choices on the left and right wing respectively on the back of their match-winning efforts since the restart. Olivier Giroud has delivered as the main striker with three goals from the previous five league games and should feature ahead of Tammy Abraham.
How Chelsea could lineup against Sheffield United:
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