Chelsea vs Sheff Utd.
F.A. Cup Soccer/Football Predictions, Tips and Results For Games Played on Sunday 21, March 2021
Following a 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Atlético Madrid in midweek, Chelsea are unbeaten in 13 matches under Thomas Tuchel across all competitions (W9, D4). This represents the longest unbeaten start to a tenure by any manager in the club’s history, with Tuchel bettering Luiz Felipe Scolari’s 12-game unbeaten start in 2008.
Impressively, Chelsea have conceded just 2.23 shots on target per game across Tuchel’s first 13 outings as the Blues’ boss, making them a near-certainty to proceed to the FA Cup semi-finals for a fourth time in five seasons. The Blues’ return of just one goal conceded from three FA Cup games this season is a further plus.
Sheffield United have already emulated their FA Cup run of last season, when the quarter-finals saw a last-gasp goal seal their elimination to the eventual cup winner. That result was their third successive defeat in FA Cup action against opposition in the top-flight at the time played.
All three of those losses detailed above saw the condemning goal arrive beyond the hour mark. Two of those defeats also form the tail end of a three-game winless run in FA Cup away action against a current top-flight team (D1, L2 – 90 mins). Each of that trio produced under 1.5 match goals.
Players to watch: Christian Pulisic assisted Chelsea’s second goal in midweek, while three of his last four goals have come beyond the 70th minute, with two this season between the 90th minute and FT. Opposing forward David McGoldrick opened the scoring in November’s Premier League meeting (L 4-1). He also scored the winner in the Blades’ most recent victory.
Hot stat: The last nine successive FA Cup games at Stamford Bridge have seen the victor beat a handicap (W8, L1).
Prediction: Chelsea  vs  Sheff Utd.