An encounter at Bramall Lane saw sixth place Sheffield United play at home to third-place Chelsea. Few changes were made to the starting eleven of both sides with David McGoldrick making the starting line-up for Sheffield after missing out during the last match.
For the Chelsea side, Italian Jorginho was called to start after coming on as a substitute for the youngster, Billy Gilmour during their last match against fellow London side, Crystal Palace and Tammy Abraham spearheaded the attack for the Blues in the absence of Oliver Giroud.
Shortly after the match kicked off Sheffield United’s
George Baldock was shown a yellow card by the referee, Andre Marriner after a reckless challenge on Christian Pulisic. In the 18th minute, Sheffield United took the lead courtesy of a goal by David McGoldrick, who tapped in a rebound after the shot from Oliver McBurnie was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga. A minute water break was observed in the 24th minute of the match due to high weather temperature.
The 33rd minute saw Sheffield United increase their lead by going two goals clear off Chelsea, across from Enda Stevens found the head of Olivier McBurnie, who was not to be denied for the second time. Chelsea put on a good fight to get back into the game but a resilient Sheffield ensured that the scores remained the same at the end of the first half.
The second half of the match kicked off with a substitution from Chelsea, which saw Mason Mount come off for Marcos Alonso and defender Andreas Christensen replaced by German international, Antonio Ruediger. Chelsea dominated most of the second half but was once again unable to stop a rioting Sheffield United, who found the back of the net again to make it 3 – 0 courtesy of a swift reaction from David McGoldrick to get a brace.
The result of the game sees Sheffield United solidify their fight for a spot in the Europa league while Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are just one point above the Champions League playoff spot, a draw from Leicester would see them move above the blues due to goal difference and would ensure Chelsea enters the Champions League, through the playoffs.Click here to leave a comment