Chelsea's Christian Pulisic
Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic could face Sheffield United after a recent hamstring problem


Christian Pulisic will be absent for Chelsea with a hamstring injury sustained in the warm-up against Burnley last weekend.

Injured Sheffield United pair John Fleck and Lys Mousset have stepped up their rehabilitation but won’t feature.

The Blades will also be without loanee Ethan Ampadu, who is ineligible to face his parent club.


Sheffield United just can’t score goals. Since beating Chelsea 3-0 in July, they have only managed four in 10 league games – and two of those were penalties.

They have picked up only one point in that spell, when their performances haven’t actually been that bad – so it is obvious where their problems lie.

In contrast, Chelsea have scored 10 goals in their past three games and have not conceded in any of their past five. That is all very impressive, but I am still not wholly convinced.

They should win on Saturday but I am waiting for them to crack again.

Prediction: 2-0

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  • Sheffield United could keep consecutive league clean sheets against Chelsea for the first time.
  • With four wins from eight meetings, the Blades are one of four clubs to have won more Premier League matches against Chelsea than they have lost (D1, L3).


  • Chelsea are on a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions, winning five and drawing five.
  • They have kept five consecutive clean sheets for the first time since September-October 2010. It is 12 years since they went six competitive games without conceding.
  • Edouard Mendy is only the third goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in each of his first three Chelsea Premier League appearances.
  • Timo Werner has been involved in four goals in his last three Premier League games, scoring three and setting up one.

Sheffield United

  • Sheffield United are on an 11-match winless run in all competitions since a 3-0 home win over Chelsea on 11 July.
  • The Blades could remain winless in their first eight league games for the first time since 1990-91.
  • Only four clubs have had two points or fewer after eight matches of a Premier League season and gone on to avoid relegation.
  • Billy Sharp is one shy of 100 league goals for Sheffield United.
  • Manager Chris Wilder is one win away from his 100th in all competitions for the Blades.

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