Chelsea will take on Sheffield United at the Stamford Bridge as they look continue their fine from without the club-record signing, Kai Havertz who tested positive for Coronavirus, a couple of days ago.
Sheffield, who are currently sitting at the 20th position on the Premier League table will be looking forward to grabbing their first win of the season as they take on the Frank Lampard's side.
If including only 2020 home league results against non top-four teams of 2019/20, Chelsea are unbeaten in home league action (W7, D2) this calendar year. Three of the five wins in that group to yield a 2+ goal margin saw Chelsea distribute their goals (penalty goals excepted) evenly across halves.
Speaking of penalties, Chelsea bagged two first-half goals from the spot vs Rennes in midweek (both scored by Timo Werner). Furthermore, they have averaged 0.8 penalty goals per match across their last five Premier League (PL) home wins - and 0.6 between the 76th and 90th minutes of play alone!
Overall, Chelsea have averaged 3.33 goals per match across their PL wins attained so far in 2020/21. Each of the Blues' three PL wins this term (D3, L1) have also seen them score exactly two second-half goals from open play, with the goals separated by less than 20 minutes each time.
With just one point this season, defeat for Sheffield United will see them five points adrift of the tally they had after eight games in 2006/07 - the club's only prior 38-game PL relegation campaign. Still tough to beat, four of Sheffield's last five league losses have seen the deciding goal arrive beyond the hour mark.
The beleaguered 'Blades' have also conceded an average of 1.25 goals per match in the 61'-75' period across their last four PL away defeats. Those form the tail-end of five straight PL losses on the road, for a post-COVID hiatus return of just two away points from 27 (D2, L7).
Players to watch: Penalty maestro Jorginho takes the spotlight. His all-time penalty conversion rate stands at 88.46% (PL: 87.50%).
Sander Berge netted the opener for Sheffield United in their last PL away game (L 2-1), making both of his prior goals match openers.
Hot stat: Only two of Chelsea's last 13 PL matches to stand level at HT have stayed that way.