Sheffield United’s FA Cup run has been the one bright spot in what has been an extremely difficult campaign, but they head into Sunday’s quarter-final tie against Chelsea off the back of a heavy 5-0 defeat to Leicester.
Caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom will need to lift his players following such a disappointing result and it doesn’t help they will be facing a team high in confidence after Thomas Tuchel’s team won against Atletico Madrid during the week.
In terms of team news, David McGoldrick (knee), Sander Berge (thigh), John Egan (foot), Jack O’Connell (knee), Jack Rodwell and Jack Robinson have all been ruled out for the Blades. Ethan Ampadu is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Sheffield United’s Predicted XI To Face Chelsea:
Ramsdale, Baldock, Basham, Jagielka, Bryan, Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Osborn, Sharp, McBurnie
Chelsea could have Andreas Christensen available again after illness, while Thiago Silva (thigh) and Tammy Abraham (ankle) are out of contention.
Chelsea’s Predicted XI:
Kepa, Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Giroud, Pulisic
The bookmakers have made Chelsea the heavy favourites with William Hill pricing them at 1/4 odds-on to win. A draw after 90 minutes is 11/2 with Betfair while a victory for the Blades is 12/1 at Bet 365.
Predicted Score – 3-0 to Chelsea