Matchday 35 is upon us and the first of the last four games remaining this season with Chelsea enjoying an eight-point cushion to sixth-place Wolves — assuming Manchester City’s UEFA ban isn’t overturned, a top-five finish will be enough to qualify for the Champions League.
In the 34 Chelsea games played in the Premier League so far this season, we’ve seen 109 goals. Only Manchester City can better that number (120). At the other end of the goals-spectrum are Sheffield United. Only 68 goals have been scored in their games, divided almost equally for and against. Something’s got to give.
If Crystal Palace, who are closest to Sheffield United with only 73 total goals occurring in their games, are any indication, the match may tilt towards Chelsea’s paradigm. We just had a 5-goal roller coaster against them, and we already drew with Sheffield United 2-2 earlier this season.
Without N’Golo Kanté, Chelsea’s prospects of keeping down the scoreline are dim. He’s joined by young duo Billy Gilmour and Fikayo Tomori on the sidelines. Mateo Kovačić may be back fit enough to play — he’s been back to training this week following a small Achilles tweak.