It's the Blues against the Blades this weekend, and we begin our preview of the game by taking a closer look at all the noteworthy numbers regarding Chelsea and Sheffield United...
Chris Wilder’s side were unbeaten against Chelsea last season. Their most recent defeat to Chelsea was when they were last in the top-flight in 2006/07. On that occasion, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side won both home and away, 5-0 on aggregate.
The Blues and the Blades meet for the fifth time at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. Fifteen goals have been scored in the previous four, an average of 3.75 per game.
Dave Bassett was in charge the last occasion Sheffield Utd left Stamford Bridge with three points, in October 1992. Goals from Adrian Littlejohn and Brian Deane secured the 2-1 win. Andy Townsend scored for Chelsea.
Sheffield United have not kept a clean sheet at the Bridge for 98 years. The Blades have conceded in all our home 31 league and cup games since.
Biggest league win for each team
Chelsea 6-1 Sheffield Utd 1961/62
Sheffield Utd 4-0 Chelsea 1930/31
Sheffield Utd’s biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 4-1 in 1946/47
Last season’s corresponding match
CHELSEA 2 SHEFFIELD UNITED 2
Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 31.08.19, 3pm
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Tomori, Zouma, Emerson; Barkley (Willian 60), Jorginho, Kovacic (Gilmour 83); Pulisic, Abraham (Batshuayi 83), Mount
Unused subs Caballero, Christensen, Alonso, Giroud
Injured Hudson-Odoi, James, Loftus-Cheek, Kanté, Pedro, Rüdiger
Head coach Frank Lampard
Scorer Abraham 19, 43
Sheffield United (3-5-2) Henderson; Basham (Osborn 83), Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood (c), L Freeman (Mousset 79), Stevens; C Robinson, McBurnie (McGoldrick 62)
Unused subs Moore, Stearman, Besic, Sharp
Manager Chris Wilder
Booked McBurnie 45
Scorers Robinson 46, Zouma own goal 89
Referee Stuart Attwell
Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten run to eight games since we were eliminated on penalties to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup. Our only defeat in 90 minutes this season (12 games) was against Liverpool when we played the last 50 minutes with 10 men.
Frank Lampard’s side have won seven and lost one (Liverpool) of our past nine Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have scored with 18.8 per cent of our efforts on goal (16/85), the third highest success rate in the Premier League this season.
Frank Lampard’s side have kept five consecutive clean sheets for the first time since September/October 2010, when Petr Cech was in goal.
Edouard Mendy has kept six clean sheets in his seven appearances for the Blues and has only conceded one goal which was on his debut against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
Mendy is seeking to be the first Chelsea keeper to keep four clean sheets in their first four league games for the club. Mendy has joined Cech and Neil Sullivan as the only Chelsea players in our history who have kept three clean sheets in their first three league appearances.
Premier League scorers:
Jorginho 3 (3 pens), Werner 3, Zouma 3, Abraham 1, Chilwell 1, Havertz 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Mount 1, Ziyech 1
Sheffield United stats
Premier League: Ninth
FA Cup: Quarter-finals
League Cup: Third round
Top scorer all competitions: Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie 6
Most appearances: Baldock 38, Basham 38, Norwood 38, Stevens 38
Most goals: McBurnie 6, Mousset 6, Fleck 5, Lundstram 5
Most assists: Mousset 4, Stevens 4, Baldock 3, Lundstram 3
Most clean sheets: Henderson 13
Since beating Chelsea 3-0 in July, the Blades have won one point in the Premier League from a possible 30.
One point from their first seven Premier League games in a season is their joint-worst start (with 1975/76) to a league campaign in their history.
Sheffield United’s most recent and only Premier League away win in 2020 came at Crystal Palace on 1 February.
Since Project Restart, Sheffield Utd have failed to score in more Premier League games than any other team (nine).
Two of David McGoldrick’s three Premier League goals have been scored against Chelsea.
Chris Wilder has won 99 of his 202 games in charge of the club in all competitions.
Sheffield United Premier League scorers
Berge 1 (pen), McGoldrick 1, Sharp 1 (pen)
Chris Wilder’s managerial record against Chelsea
Sheffield United’s last Premier League game
Saturday 31 October
Sheffield United 0 Manchester City 1
Team 5-3-2: Ramsdale; Baldock, Basham, Egan (c), Stevens, Lowe (McGoldrick 81); Berge, Ampadu (Norwood 65), Osborn (Lundstram 55); McBurnie, Brewster
Sheffield United’s summer moves
Ethan Ampadu - Chelsea, loan
Jayden Bogle - Derby County
Rhian Brewster - Liverpool
Oliver Burke - West Brom
Wes Foderingham - Rangers
Max Lowe - Derby County
Aaron Ramsdale - Bournemouth
Luke Freeman - Nottingham Forest, loan
Callum Robinson - West Brom
There are no suspensions.
Ethan Ampadu is ineligible to play against his parent club.
In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea: Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Chilwell 1, Christensen 1, James 1, Havertz 1, Kante 1
Sheffield Utd: Lundstram 3, Berge 2, Baldock 1, Egan 1, McBurnie 1, Stevens 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Jon Moss
VAR: Kevin Friend
Jon Moss is the official for his second Blues game this season after West Brom in September. His only other Blues game in 2020 was against Norwich at Stamford Bridge in July.