Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Following back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Everton, Chelsea will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they take on Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon. The Blues produced much better showings at home than on the travels and it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to beat the Blades on Matchday 17. Raheem Sterling is pushing for a recall to the starting XI, while all Chilwell, Fofana, and Chalobah remain in the recovery room.
The Blades, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Brentford and they managed to get one, with James McAtee scoring the only goal of the match. Sheffield United, though, have already suffered six defeats on the road this term and we do not believe that they are capable of claiming a major scalp in Saturday’s encounter. Jack Robinson is banned for the match, while all Rhian Brewster, Chris Basham, Thomas Davies, and Daniel Jebbison miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Thiago Silva):
Brazilian defender Thiago Silva is one of the highest rated defenders in world football. Having emerged from Fluminense youth ranks, the 31-year-old defender established himself as a world-class performer while plying his trade for AC Milan from 2009 to 2012.
Having largely contributed to Rossonerri’s title winning campaign in 2010-11, Thiago Silva moved to Paris Saint-Germain together with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a reported fee worth €42 million, which made him then second-most expensive defender in football history after Rio Ferdinand.
Silva was an immediate success at the French club, helping Les Parisiens win four consecutive Ligue 1 titles in the process. Heavily linked with a move away from Parc des Princes, fan favourite Thiago Silva remains a key figure at Paris Saint-Germain and a leader of the new wave under head coach Unai Emery. Having already surpassed the 100-game mark for the French giants, Thiago Silva is slowly writing his name in the history books of Paris Saint-Germain.
Highlighted Team (Sheffield United):
Sheffield United are a professional football club that compete in the Championship. The Blades finished the 2016/2017 League One campaign in top position in the standings, with the team collecting exactly 100 points in the process. Sheffield United last competed in the Premier League in the 2006/2007 season and they were more than unfortunate not to secure the top flight survival.
The Blades finished the season in 18th place in the process and it has to be noted that they were level on points with Wigan Athletic, who managed to avoid the relegation to the English second tier. Sheffield United welcome their rivals at Bramal Lane, the stadium which was opened on April 30, 1855. The current capacity of the venue is 32.702.
The club have numerous rivalries, but the most notable one is the rivalry with their city neighbors Sheffield Wednesday. The two teams face each other in the Steel City derby and it has to be noted that United share rivalry with the likes of Barnsley, Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United as well.