Sheffield United could move off the bottom of the table if they can become the first team to defeat Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea on Sunday night
Sheffield United’s unlikely relegation Great Escape continues on Sunday night, as they welcome Chelsea to Bramall Lane, looking for their fifth win in their last seven games.
The Blades still remain bottom of the Premier League, but are just a point behind West Brom thanks to beating the Baggies earlier this week, giving them some much-needed confidence in their fight against the drop.
Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten and hasn’t conceded a goal as Chelsea manager yet, and got his first taste of a derby win in midweek, as the Blues eased past Tottenham thanks to Jorginho’s penalty. His new 3-5-2 formation has worked nicely so far, and Chelsea have dominated possession against all comers so far.
They haven’t looked the most dangerous from open play though, and Chris Wilder will be hoping his once-again patched up back three can keep the likes of Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud at bay.
Ethan Ampadu is on loan from Chelsea, and won’t be able to play against his parent club, meaning Phil Jagielka could deputise.
Ben Osborn and Enda Stevens have returned to training this week and Wilder is hoping both are available for selection, as his injury worries show signs of easing. George Baldock, Jack O’Connell, Jack Robinson and Sander Berge are the only definite absentees.
Chelsea’s treatment room is almost deserted right now, with only Thiago Silva definitely missing the trip to the Steel City after lasting only 35 minutes against Spurs. Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz didn’t feature in that game after picking up knocks in training and are rated at 50/50.
Sheffield United take on Chelsea at Bramall Lane on Sunday, February 7th. Kick-off is at 7.15pm