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These two clubs seem to be going in very different directions at the moment and as Chelsea celebrate reaching their first Champions League quarter-final for seven years, Sheffield United find themselves in disarray having parted company with long-term boss Chris Wilder and are destined for Championship football next season.
This competition is their only chance at some success this year, though they go into this tie as massive underdogs to this tie, with only Bournemouth at longer odds to go on to win the entire competition.
The Blades would have been hoping for a manager bounce last weekend when they faced Champions League chasing Leicester, though a 5-0 defeat quashed that theory pretty swiftly and they’ll need something special if they want to qualify from this tie.
Chelsea To Win And Under 2.5 Goals
Thomas Tuchel’s team have been relentless under his reign so far, going 13 matches unbeaten and conceding just two goals in that time, with neither coming here at Stamford Bridge.
One of those goals did come against the Blades however, though that was more down to a lapse in concentration from Antonio Rudiger who ended up just passing the ball into his own net.
David McGoldrick has been a real thorn in Chelsea’s side since the start of last season, though the Irish striker is ruled out here and it’s hard to see how Sheffield United are going to get on the scoresheet.
We’d expect some rotation from the hosts coming off a big win midweek, though with the squad depth they have there are very few weak links.
Thiago Silva will likely not be risked and will use the international break to facilitate his rehabilitation, while the likes of Mason Mount and Jorginho could return to the side having been suspended for the European clash.
The Blues have a strong record in this competition, especially at this stage having progressed in seven of their last eight quarter-final ties, with all but two of those coming against fellow Premier League opposition and with the kind of momentum they’ve built up over the last couple of months, we’d expect nothing less than a home win.
All but one of Chelsea’s wins under current management have seen under 2.5 goals, and while the ‘magic of the cup’ always means there’s a chance for the visitors, there’s very little to suggest they can cause the Blues enough trouble at the back to get on the scoresheet, and at an exceptionally long price the match result and total goals looks to hold extreme value.