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Split opinion as pundits predict Sheffield United against Chelsea this evening

Sheffield United welcome Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea to a bitterly cold South Yorkshire this evening looking for three points.

The Blades, buoyed by their 2-1 win against West Brom in midweek, are looking to get off the bottom of the table for the first time this season, with a win potentially enough to see them leapfrog the Baggies.

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However, Chelsea represent a stern task. The Blues dispatched United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, although United did do well last term, drawing 2-2 and winning 3-0 at Bramall Lane in the summer.

As is the norm in the modern game, a few pundits have been having their say on the result. And there’s mixed results.

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Here’s what Mark Lawrenson, Michael Owen, and Sky’s Jones Knows page had to say about Sheffield United v Chelsea this evening.

Mark Lawrenson

“The Blades have shown a willingness to go for it in the closing stages of games and it has paid off – all three of those wins came thanks to a goal in the last 20 minutes,” Lawro said.

“Sheffield United have won three of their past five Premier League games, which is pretty good – but they are still bottom of the table, 11 points from safety, which shows the size of their survival task,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

Hard work is giving Chris Wilder’s side a chance in the first place, but I think in games like this it is Chelsea’s quality that will show through – especially when their players are still trying to impress new Blues manager Thomas Tuchel. 2-0 Chelsea.”

Michael Owen

“United have been impressive in recent weeks, however, Chelsea are growing in confidence and I think Tuchel may be the man to unlock the potential of fellow countryman Timo Werner.

“I reckon the German could notch here in an away win. 2-0 Chelsea.”

Sky’s Jones Knows

“I’m expecting the axis of Chris Basham and Jayden Bogle down the Blades’ right to expose Alonso when Chris Wilder’s men get the territory.

“We’ve not seen Tuchel’s team come under any significant pressure defensively in his first three matches in charge either – but we might here. And, with Thiago Silva missing, they can be got at. 1-0 Blades.” (Sky)

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