Chelsea is set to face off against Sheffield United on their home turf at Stamford Bridge in Round 17 of the Premier League.
Currently positioned at 12th place in the points table, Chelsea has clinched victory in only five out of their 16 games so far. Unfortunately, they recently faced setbacks with consecutive losses to Manchester United and Everton.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United is grappling with a challenging season and finds itself at the bottom of the points table, facing the looming threat of relegation. Despite their struggles, Sheffield United secured a crucial win against Brentford, marking only their second victory of the season, and importantly, their first clean sheet.
Chelsea consistently registers an impressive average of 4.8 shots on target per match, significantly enhancing their chances of scoring the opening goal in the game
The betting tip is...
Chelsea to score first goal.
Regrettably, Chilwell, Fofana, and Marcus Bettinelli won't be in action due to injuries. The team is also hopeful about Romeo Lavia and Malo Gusto's availability for the upcoming match.
Shifting our focus to the attacking front, Nicolas Jackson has truly shone for Chelsea. His noteworthy offensive prowess has seen him contribute to a total of 7 goals and assists. Without a doubt, he's the player to watch closely in the upcoming match.
Raheem Sterling might get to start for Chelsea despite being in poor form.
Predicted Lineup: Sanchez, Disasi, James, Colwill, Marc Cucurella, Caicedo, Gallagher, Palmer, Fernández/Sterling, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Jackson
On the attacking front, Hamer has emerged as a pivotal player, making notable contributions with 3 goals and assists. Archer has also showcased his skills, adding 2 goals and assists to his credit.
Undoubtedly, these two players are the ones to keep a keen eye on in the upcoming match, as their performances could significantly impact the game's outcome.
However, there's some unfortunate news regarding injuries for Tom Davies, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Rhian Brewster, and John Egan in the upcoming game. Adding to the uncertainty, there's a question mark on the availability of Ismaila Cheick Coulibaly.
Coulibaly is injured and might miss the game against Chelsea.
Predicted Lineup: Foderingham, Trusty, Robinson, Ahmedhodzic, Bogle, Hamer, Brooks, Costa, Archer, McAtee, Osula.
Sheffield United is gearing up for a clash against the formidable Chelsea. Their performance this season has been a bit lackluster, with an average possession rate of just 37.6%.
On the flip side, Chelsea has the potential to be a powerhouse when they hit their stride. Sterling, boasting an impressive offensive contribution of 6 goals and assists combined, and Sanchez, with an outstanding 67.9% save accuracy rate, pose a formidable challenge for Sheffield United.
Nevertheless, it's hard to overlook the fact that Chelsea boasts a superior squad brimming with exceptional talent and tactical prowess. This makes them the favorites to come out on top in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.