Picking up a much-needed first Premier League win in the Frank Lampard era, Chelsea will be desperate to make it two out of two when they welcome Sheffield United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Eventually leaving a returning Carrow Road with an incredibly hard-fought 3-2 win, that result was just the Blues’ first victory in any contest since the 2019/2020 campaign got underway earlier in the month, including a 4-0 hammering away at Old Trafford on the opening weekend.
On the flip side, while Chelsea might be looking to extend their winning run, Sheffield United are a side looking for an immediate response after suffering their first Premier League defeat at home to Leicester last weekend.
You will be interested to know that with six of the last eight combined matches between Saturday’s opponents seeing both teams find the net within 90 minutes, a similar result can be found at 4/5 with SkyBet.
A tale of two halves at Stamford Bridge
Although new Head Coach Frank Lampard will be overjoyed to pick up his first three points as the new man in charge at Stamford Bridge, there still remains a string of defensive issues in West London.
The former England midfielder saw his side once again ship a pair of goals away at Norwich last weekend and the former champions have already shipped seven goals in their opening three contests, the joint second-worst tally so far this season.
Elsewhere, despite still struggling with some glaring issues at the back, Chelsea’s youthful squad have shown some real promising signs in the final third.
Along with 20-year-old Mason Mount making it two goals in two outings at Carrow Road last weekend, Lampard will be most excited to see Tammy Abraham open his account in clinical fashion.
Scoring two in East Anglia last Saturday, the youngster appears to have battled off competition from Olivier Giroud in the race to be Lampard’s #1 option up top and is pencilled in at 1/1 with Ladbrokes to extend that run this weekend.
Chris Wilder calling on drastic improvements
While the Blades’ energetic approach may have received a string of plaudits following on from their defeat at Bramall Lane against Leicester last weekend, one man who was left far from pleased was Head Coach Chris Wilder.
Labelling his team’s performance against the Foxes as not good enough to receive applause from the home fans, the 51-year-old firmly believed that his side deserved to leave Sheffield empty-handed last Saturday.
“I didn’t think we deserved anything from the game today. Out of possession it was far too comfortable for them and in possession we weren’t brave enough and we turned it over too much.
Unable to fully get going in the final third, one man who could be handed his first Premier League start this weekend is club-record signing Oliver McBurnie.
Making a £20million move from Swansea over the summer, the Scotland international scored his maiden goal coming off the bench on Saturday and can be found at 13/5 with Betfair to make it two in two at Stamford Bridge.