Chelsea welcome Sheffield United to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon with Frank Lampard’s men aiming to continue their recent strong defensive form.

The side from west London have won seven of their last nine home league matches and bet365 offer them at 4/11 (1.36) to extend that run on Saturday.

Chris Wilder’s team, meanwhile, have lost nine of their last 10 league clashes and are priced at 15/2 (8.50) with the draw at 4/1 (5.00) .

The hosts will be without Kai Havertz and Billy Gilmour, while Christian Pulisic is being assessed to see if he can return from his thigh injury.

For the visitors, Lys Mousset, Jack O’Connell and John Fleck are all out injured while Ethan Amapadu is unable to face his parent club.

The Blues have undergone a defensive transformation in recent weeks, going from one of the most open teams in the divisionto one of the most solid.

Indeed, five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions is Chelsea’s best run in 10 years and it is no coincidence that it had coincided with the arrival of new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who has conceded just once in the seven games he has featured in since his move from Rennes.

The Blades, for their part, have failed to score in six of their last 10 Premier League matches and while Wilder’s men have been more competitive than their results might suggest, they are surely in for another difficult afternoon this weekend.

Chelsea are offered at evens (2.00) to keep a clean sheet and at 13/10 (2.30) both of which looks like solid options given the respective records of both teams.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

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