Everything you need to know about this weekend’s game against Sheffield United, as well as Frank Lampard’s press conference to preview it…
When and where
The match takes place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 31 August. Kick-off is 3pm UK time.
Frank Lampard’s press conference
Frank Lampard will be speaking to the media at Cobham on Friday from around 1.15pm UK time.
Here are some of the possible discussion points…
The boss will likely provide an update on those of his players who have been injured recently, including Pedro, N’Golo Kante and Toni Rudiger.
Following his fantastic start to the season and now a call-up to the England squad, the name of Mason Mount is likely to be brought up by the journalists present. The midfielder also took a knock at Carrow Road so an update on his fitness could be provided by the boss.
Sheffield United challenge
Like Norwich, Lampard knows the Blades well from the Championship last season and he could explain what makes them dangerous opponents for us.
Champions League draw reaction
We find out our Champions League group stage opponents on Thursday evening and Lampard is likely to be asked for his reaction to the draw.
Latest Chelsea team news
Lampard is hopeful to have Toni Rudiger back for the Blades’ visit, but Pedro and N’Golo Kante are doubts with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively. The boss spoke about their fitness after the Norwich game.
Long-term absentees Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James remain out.
Latest Sheffield United team news
The Blades are without Kean Bryan, who went off injured during their midweek Carabao Cup win over Blackburn. John Fleck is a doubt.
Chelsea vs Sheffield United head to head record
The Blues and the Blades meet for the fourth time at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, and first since 2006/07.
Dave Bassett was in charge the last occasion Sheffield Utd left Stamford Bridge with three points in October 1992. Goals from Adrian Littlejohn and Brian Deane secured the 2-1 win.
Sheffield United have not kept a clean sheet at the Bridge since October 1922, almost 97 years ago. The Blades have conceded in all 30 league and cup games since.
How to Watch?
As the game is a Saturday 3pm kick-off, it is not being broadcast live in the UK, but highlights will be available on the Fifth Stand App and this website from two hours after the final whistle.
How to Listen live?
Chelsea TV will be providing live audio commentary on the Fifth Stand App and this website, and there will also be live text commentary on those platforms.
Who is the referee and who is in charge of VAR?
Referee: Stuart Attwell
VAR: Tim Robinson
Attwell was the official for just one of our Premier League games last season – away to Brighton in December.