Both Oli McBurnie and Ravel Morrison could make their first Premier League starts for Sheffield United at Chelsea.

The Blades travel to Stamford Bridge this Saturday for a 3pm kickoff looking to bounce back from defeat in their last game.

After drawing at Bournemouth in the opening match and then beating Crystal Palace at home, Leicester City left Bramall Lane with all three points at the weekend.

The South Yorkshire side have since taken to the pitch as they took a break from league action to host Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup. Manager Chris Wilder made ten changes, but they still won 2-1.

Among those who started were McBurnie and Morrison – who were among ten new signings made by Wilder this summer following promotion.

Why the duo might start for Sheffield United at Chelsea

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Wilder praised McBurnie last Saturday as the striker came off the bench to score in the 2-1 loss to Leicester.

As a club record signing, the Scotland international will be expected to become a key player for the Blades. Following the win over Blackburn, Wilder suggested McBurnie may keep his place in the starting XI.

“Oli was always going to play 45 minutes. He’s in contention to play on Saturday,” the 51-year-old told BBC Radio Sheffield.

As for Morrison, Wilder is hoping he’s the coach to finally get the best out of the midfielder. After being touted for greatness in the Manchester United academy, the 26-year-old is starting to show glimpses of that potential once again.

“For me, you’ve already seen he’s already going to make a really big contribution for us,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star.

“He’s not far off (peak condition) now. There’s still a little way for him to go. But he’s within touching distance of it now and he’ll bring a lot to the table for us.

“He’s going to get better and better for us, and it was great to have him out there.”

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