Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Sheffield United welcome Chelsea to Bramall Lane this weekend with the Blades very much back in the hunt for a European place. Chris Wilder’s team enjoyed a dramatic victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek, and will feel confident heading into this clash with an in-form Chelsea. Frank Lampard’s team have looked good in recent games and are pushing hard for a third-place finish in the Premier League. Read on to see where the best betting value can be found in what should be an entertaining game.
Sheffield United have injected some real life back into their Premier League campaign in their last three games. After resuming action in June with a goalless draw with Aston Villa, the Blades lost 3-0 to both Newcastle United and Manchester United, before being knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal. July has seen a massive improvement, though. After beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at Bramall Lane, the Blades drew 1-1 away at Burnley. In midweek, they collected a vital three points, with a 1-0 home win over Wolves, thanks to a 93rd minite winner from John Egan. The Blades are back in the hunt for a European spot.
Chelsea have been in fine form in recent games and look to have strengthened their grip on third place in the table, thanks to two consecutive victories. After losing 3-2 at West Ham United on July 1, the Blues have bounced back with a 3-0 win at home to Watford and 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace. They are now on 60 points, one more than fourth placed Leicester City and five more than Manchester United, who are now in fifth. A victory over the Blades would continue the Blues’ good run and give them a very valuable three points as they look to fight off the challenge of Leicester City.
Clashes between the Blades and the Blues have been few and far between over the last 20 years or so. The two sides have met just three times in the 21st century, with all three of those matches coming in the Premier League. United have not won any of those three games, though they snatch a point at Stamford Bridge in August. That day, the game ended 2-2, with Tammy Abraham putting Chelsea into 1-0 and 2-1 leads, only for Callum Robinson and a Kurt Zouma own goal to level matters up. That Zouma goal came in the 89th minute. The Blades also scored in the 93rd minute against Wolves earlier this week. Late goals are something of a theme for the Blades, it seems. Dafabet have odds of 21/20 on a goal being scored on Saturday between the 76th and 90th minutes.
In total, there have been just seven Premier League meetings between the sides. Both teams have won three of those meetings. The home and away record of the teams against each other in the Premier League is also identical, with both teams recording two home wins and one away in that sequence of seven games. There has been one draw, which came earlier this season. Prior to this season, the last time the teams met was in the 2006/07 season. Prior to that, they played in the 1993/94 campaign, so meetings between them have been very rare in recent times.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is a man whom punters should be keeping a close eye on. He is Chelsea’s top Premier League scorer this season, with 14 league goals to his name in 2019/20. He has also provided three assists for his team-mates. He is 16/5 at Dafabet to score first on Saturday, and at 11/10 to score at any time. Lys Mousset is the Blades’ top league scorer, with six goals, and also their top assist provider, with four in the Premier League. Dafabet have him at 15/2 to score first and 14/5 to score at any time.
Our recommended tip for this match comes from Dafabet, who are offering a price of 17/2 on Sheffield United winning to nil. We think that this is a good bet as the Blades have shown that they can handle Chelsea previously this season. Also, while United under Wilder do not score that many goals, they are strong defensively and will feel confident after their dramatic win over Wolves in midweek. We back them to win 1-0 on Saturday, possibly with another late goal. Backing the Blades to reach Europe may also be a good bet now, especially if they manage to win on Saturday.