The Sheffield United vs Chelsea fixture is the fourth of the many matches to be handled by the three weeks old Chelsea gaffer, Thomas Tuchel. The Blues will be looking to claim their third consecutive win under Thomas Tuchel this evening against the Blades.
Sheffield United is seated root bottom on the log, a win for them tonight might see them leapfrog West Bromwich Albion that lost 2 – 0 to Tottenham in the early kickoff of several other matches.
The Premier League’s bottom-placed side visit Stamford Bridge this evening looking to pull off a shock win as previously done in a 2 – 1 victory against Manchester United.
Such is the unrelenting nature of this campaign, it has provided series of shocking results so far. However, Tuchel is expected to make changes to his side.
Sheffield United vs Chelsea Injury Worries
No thanks to the injuries to a couple of Chelsea players. Chelsea do have injury concerns with Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz all doubts ahead of the clash.
There is no need for a change to be made in goal. Edouard Mendy has been largely untroubled during Tuchel’s opening three matches in charge, he remains the number one for now in a Thomas Tuchel team.
A change to the back three is expected to be made with Silva almost certainly ruled out. The Brazilian suffered a thigh injury in the win over Spurs and Tuchel wasn’t optimistic the 36-year-old would make a quick recovery.
In his words, “It is hard to give a diagnosis because I saw him only very quickly in the dressing room with a big strap around his muscle,” he said. “We will have to wait until tomorrow so we can confirm it but I think for Sunday he is a big doubt and I don’t think that he can play.”
Andreas Christensen should step into the starting XI. Christensen looks good when thrown on against Spurs and looks far more comfortable in the middle of a three-man defence than in a back four, especially when you compare the game to his previous appearances.
With Kurt Zouma also struggling with a knock picked up in training, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger should complete the back three.
Reece James and Marcos Alonso filled the two wing-back roles against Tottenham on Thursday evening. Yet given Chelsea should dominate the ball this afternoon, it makes sense for Callum Hudson-Odoi to drop back into the right wing-back position he occupied in Tuchel’s opening two games at the helm.
N’Golo Kante returned from a month-long injury lay-off in midweek and may be handed a start against the Blades to build up his match fitness. Jorginho should keep his place in the team.
The plethora of attacking options available to Tuchel means the German is having to make difficult decisions ahead of every game.
Mason Mount was Chelsea’s man-of-the-match against Tottenham and should retain his spot. Alongside the England international may be Hakim Ziyech, who will be fresh having sat out the Blues’ last two victories.
In the attack, Tammy Abraham appears to have gotten the nod ahead of Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud.
The 23-year-old forward has started only one of Tuchel’s matches in charge, and in that he was brought off after 45 minutes. But his smart movement in the penalty area may prove key to breaking through the visiting defence.
Chelsea predicted side (3-4-3) :
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Ziyech, Abraham, Mount,