Chelsea vs. Sheffield United – FA Cup, March 21, 2021

| March 19, 2021 11:35 am PDT

Fresh from qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals, Thomas Tuchel’s men turn their attention to the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend, with struggling Sheffield United up next.

Chelsea welcomes the Blades to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, March 21, as Tuchel aims to extend his unbeaten start as Blues boss.

You can find my Chelsea vs. Sheffield United prediction and pick below. But first, let’s kick things off by taking a look at the betting odds.

Chelsea vs. Sheffield United Odds

Chelsea to Win1.23
The Draw6.00
Sheffield United to Win10.50

As you can see, the top online sportsbooks clearly haven’t sprung any surprises with their odds for this matchup.

Chelsea (1.23) heads into Sunday’s clash as the obvious favorite, leaving Sheff Utd (10.50) as the rank outsider. Ultimately, it is extremely difficult to argue with the bookies’ standpoint here.

Assessing Team Form for Chelsea vs. Sheffield United

Chelsea’s route to the FA Cup quarter-finals:

  • Morecambe (4-0)
  • Luton Town (3-1)
  • Barnsley (1-0)

It could be argued that Chelsea has enjoyed a series of favorable FA Cup ties this season. But despite facing lower-league opponents in every round so far, the Blues have still had to get the job done.

Eyebrows were raised when Frank Lampard was relieved of his duties back in January, with many believing that he deserved more time. However, there is no denying that Tuchel has made a huge impact since arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Not only are the Blues unbeaten under Tuchel in the Premier League (6 wins, 4 draws), but they are also into the last eight in the Champions League. The Blues wrapped up a 3-0 aggregate victory over Atletico Madrid with a 2-0 win on Wednesday, keeping yet another clean sheet in the process.

In fact, since Tuchel took over, clean sheets have been rife. Chelsea has achieved 11 shutouts in 13 games since the German’s arrival – and that doesn’t bode well for low-scoring Sheff Utd.

Funnily enough, the Blades actually scored against the Blues last month, although Antonio Ridger was eventually debited with an owl goal in the 2-1 win for the London club.

Sheffield United’s route to the FA Cup quarter-finals:

  • Bristol Rovers (3-2)
  • Plymouth Argyle (2-1)
  • Bristol City (1-0)

Sheff Utd has also undergone a managerial change recently. But unfortunately, Chris Wilder’s departure didn’t spur the Blades on to achieve anything special against Leicester City last weekend.

The long-standing head coach parted ways with his hometown club after nearly five years at the helm, with caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom overseeing a brutal 5-0 thrashing at the hands of the Foxes last time out.

Looking at the bigger picture – Sheff Utd has only managed to pick up four wins in 29 Premier League games this season. Having suffered 23 defeats, it is no real surprise that the Blades find themselves 14 points from safety.

With relegation from the EPL all but secured, Sheff Utd will no doubt be eager to finish the campaign on a high. A run in the FA Cup would be ideal, although Chelsea is likely to put an end to that dream on Sunday.

At the end of the day, Heckingbottom’s men will need to perform a minor miracle to overcome the in-form Blues.

My Prediction and Recommended Betting Pick

Pick
  • Chelsea to Win
    1.23

If you’re looking for a safe FA Cup bet this weekend, look no further than the Chelsea win here. Yes, the price is nothing to write home about. But I’m expecting Tuchel’s side to win this match with ease.

The Blues have hit some frightening form since Tuchel arrived, and even if the German chooses to rotate his team on Sunday, Chelsea should have more than enough quality to see off struggling Sheff Utd.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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