Frank Lampard takes his third-placed Chelsea to Bramall Lane in what is anticipated to be a pulsating match up. Much of the attention is geared towards the North London Derby but for me, this is the tie of the weekend and with good reason.
Chelsea has been in good form since the matches restarted, picking up twelve out of an available fifteen points in the league while also advancing to the semi-finals of the FA Cup after scraping past Leicester City, who they’ve managed to leapfrog on the table as well.
Frank Lampard’s team are good going forward, netting an average 2.4 goals per match, though concerns remain over their quality in defence.
They face a Sheffield United who initially stuttered to a single point from their first three games after the restart but has now gotten their campaign back on track with a crucial win over fellow surprise packages Wolves in their last outing.
Chris Wilder’s outfit is miserably stingy at the back, though they did concede thrice against both Newcastle and Manchester United. It must be noted that pivotal defender John Egan was sent off early against the Magpies, which promoted the collapse at the back with replacement Phil Jagielka struggling in the next game against Man United.
Chelsea needs to win this game in order to push forward
Egan returned in the 3-1 win against Tottenham Hotspurs and since then, the Blades have been characteristically solid. It will be intriguing to see how Sheffield’s solid defence fares against Chelsea’s fiery attack, led in chief by the in-form trio of William, Olivier Giroud, and Christian Pulisic.
A win for Sheffield could send them sixth above Wolves and keep life in their bid for Europa League qualification while a victory for the Blues would extend their lead over fourth-placed Leicester to four points and further cement their push to participate in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Author: Timothy Ainebyoona
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