Chelsea team news: Expected 4-3-3 vs Sheffield United as Christian Pulisic returns

Chelsea will return to domestic action this weekend, with the Blues being paid a visit by Yorkshire club Sheffield United.

The west Londoners – who currently occupy seventh place in the Premier League table – will welcome Chris Wilder’s men to Stamford Bridge in a rich vein of form.

Following a dull 0-0 draw with Manchester United late last month, the high rollers have won their last three matches.

Frank Lampard’s men have been scoring goals for fun as of late, find the back of the net ten times in their clashes with FC Krasnodar, Burnley and Rennes.

Defensively, the Blues have been solid in their last five matches – not conceding a single goal.

So it stands to reason Lampard won’t be tempted to make any drastic changes to his side for the visit of the Blades.

The former Blues midfielder, however, is likely to make at least one change for tomorrow’s match.

USA international Christian Pulisic was forced to miss the midweek win over Rennes with a slight hamstring problem.

The injury, however, is nowhere near as bad as first feared, so much so the £58million man is already back in training.

Should Lampard opt to bring the American back into the starting XI, Mason Mount or Hakim Ziyech could drop to the bench.

Blades boss Wilder is expecting a tough game against the Premier League title hopefuls but insists his troops won’t go to Stamford Bridge looking for a point.

“We are always worried when we don’t get the results but we are doing a lot of things right,” he said.

“It’s the ultimate level of football in this country and the fixture list has been a tough one, but if you have seen the performances we feel a result is around the corner.

“I will keep going and believing to the end, we will keep driving the players forward there is nothing in their body language or me speaking to them – they are hurting, they want to win.

“They all understand they can get results in this division, we can do that, we have that in the bag.

“It will be a shock result but as I keep saying this is Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea, no good moaning about the fixture list let’s enjoy it.

“It is another fabulous chance to play against a fantastic football club.

“The last two games have been difficult in terms of results but encouraging in terms of performances.

“Let’s take the game to them – you know my balance and view is that from my own eyes and a statistical point of view, all our key stats add up and are really good.

“What I am looking at is that we are here to get something from games – we have that ability to do that – we’ve had that over the last two games, all of the games this season, and that’s the hard bit we need to conquer.

“Confidence and belief can change pretty quickly within a game but usually it is a big result and that is what we are after.”

Possible Chelsea starting XI to face Sheffield United (4-3-3): Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho, Pulisic; Ziyech, Abraham, Werner

 

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