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Chelsea vs. Sheffield United, Premier League: Confirmed line-ups and live blog

Time to get that first Stamford Bridge win for Lampard!

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FT: It ends 2-2, a fair result all things considered. Sheffield United clearly the better side in the second half. We move onto the next one.

90min: GOAL Sheffield United. A cross from the left is aimed at Lys Mousset, who’s tussling with Kurt Zouma and a touch from Kurt turns the ball into his own net.

87min: Mason Mount has a wayward shot from distance.

83min: Abraham and Kovacic have been replaced by Michy Batshuayi and.. Billy Gilmour! Welcome to senior football, Billy.

79min: There have been no notable chances since Robinson’s, ten minutes ago and Sheffield United are in the ascendancy. Chelsea desperately need to regain momentum.

68min: Jack O’Connell overlaps and crosses for Robinson, much like Basham did towards the end of the first-half. This time, Zouma tracks Robinson’s run and gets there first.

63min: Abraham is in two good counter-attacking scenarios in quick succession. Unfortunately, a concentration lapse sees the first intercepted by Jack O’Connell and a timely interception from John Egan cuts out Abraham’s pass for Willian in the latter.

60min: Willian replaces Barkley, Mount goes central.

54min: Abraham ALMOST with a hattrick there! Azpilicueta does brilliantly to make space for himself and send in a low cross which Tammy connected with, but Henderson redeemed his first-half error by saving his effort.

52min: A spell of Sheffield United pressure ends with Abraham releasing Barkley, whose cross is deflected out.

46min: GOAL Sheffield United. Enda Stevens ‘megs Azpilicueta and crosses to Robinson, who makes no mistake and scores this time around.

45min: Double-goal hero Tammy Abraham gets proceedings in the second half underway.

HT: 2-0 and the Robinson chance apart, quite comfortable. So far, so good (and to quote Dave Mustaine).. so what?

43min: Mason Mount’s turn to have a shot on goal, in similar fashion to Abraham he gets on the end of a long pass and tries to get a shot away from inside the area, but it’s deflected out for a corner.

42min: GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL IT’S TAMMY ABRAHAM AGAIN! Jorginho’s lob to Abraham kindly falls for Tammy after Egan and O’Connell go for the same ball, he finishes in sublime fashion. 2-0.

39min: Robinson with quite the opportunity to level the scores. Chris Basham bombs forward from right-centre-back and finds himself in space to cross. It’s a good one, and finds Callum Robinson but his diving header goes wide.

36min: CLOSE! An exchange involving Pulisic and Abraham sees Kovacic surge into the penalty area and shoot from an acute angle, it’s a well-taken attempt but goes just wide of the far post.

31min: Barkley’s free-kick crashes into the wall.

30min: Pulisic skips away from Freeman and draws a foul from Enda Stevens in front of a crowded penalty area. Free kick to Chelsea.

18min: GOAL! SOUND THE KLAXON FOR TAMMY ABRAHAM HAS SCORED AGAIN! A cross from Azpilicueta is met by Abraham first-time, it doesn’t quite reach Henderson but falls in between him and an onrushing Pulisic. Following a goalmouth scramble, the ball falls to Abraham and he tucks it away. GET IN!

17min: Luke Freeman unleashes from distance and it’s well wide, following a cheap giveaway by Kovacic.

14min: Tomori is the next one to play the ball in behind the opposition defence, and Abraham latches onto it. However, the angle is too acute and Tammy also slightly scuffs his attempt.

7min: Mason Mount tries to recreate his first Chelsea goal by dispossessing George Baldock near the penalty area, but it’s adjudged a foul.

5min: Chelsea’s first entry into the Blades’ penalty area comes in the form of a pin-point long ball from Emerson to Tammy Abraham from deep. John Egan manages to nick it off Abraham.

0min: Sheffield United get us underway.

Fourth Premier League game of the season against a very respectable Sheffield United side. Come on you Blues!

Chelsea starting XI:

Arrizabalaga | Azpilicueta (c), Tomori, Zouma, Emerson | Kovacic, Jorginho | Mount, Barkley, Pulisic | Abraham

Substitutes from: Caballero, Christensen, Alonso, Batshuayi, Giroud, Willian, Gilmour

Sheffield United starting XI:

Henderson | Basham, Egan, O’Connell | Baldock, Freeman, Norwood, Lundstram, Stevens | McBurnie, Robinson

Substitutes from: Moore, Osborn, Besic, Stearman, Sharp, McGoldrick, Mousset

Date / Time: Saturday, August 31, 2019, 15:00 BST; 10am EDT; 7:30pm IST

Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6

Forecast: Breezy but sunny

Referee: Stuart Attwell

On TV: none (UK); NBCSN (USA); none? (India); elsewhere

Streaming: NBC Sports Live, Universo Now (USA); Chelsea TV (int’l — audio only)

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