Sheffield United vs Chelsea Expert EPL Picks 8/31/2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Billy Sharp and Sheffield United (1-1-1, 9th in the English Premier League) travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday where they'll take on Chelsea (1-1-1, 13th in the English Premier League). The probable starting goalies are Dean Henderson for Sheffield United and Kepa Arrizabalaga for Chelsea. The Pensioners are at at -349 while United are at +1142. The O/U has been set at 2.75.
Sheffield United steps onto the field with a mark of 1 victory, 1 draw, and 1 defeat which puts them at 9th in the English Premier League. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 3 goals which has them sitting at 14th in the league. This means that if they are going to win in this matchup, they are going to want to put more pressure on the opposition. Their goal differential is 0, which puts them at 10th in the league. Sheffield United will look to make sure they are sharing the ball as they have compiled a total of 1 assist which has them sitting at 17th in the league. When looking at shots on target, they have compiled a total of 9 which has them sitting at 15th in the league. As a unit, Sheffield United currently has a total of 46 fouls which has them averaging 15.33 fouls per contest. They have compiled a total of 4 points for the 2019 season and they have an average attendance of 30,138.
Billy Sharp is one of the best players to watch for the Blades. The forward from England has competed in 512 contests over the course of his pro soccer career and has played a total of 38,711 mins. In that time, the 33-year-old has connected on 228 goals and has assisted on 54 goals. He has a career average of 75.6 mins per appearance. Sharp has started 512 contests and has committed 561 fouls during that period. When looking at shots on target, Sharp has connected on 559 which has him sitting in 2nd among all players still active and 2nd among forwards. David McGoldrick is another scorer to watch out for on the team from Sheffield United. The 31-year-old from Ireland has scored 100 goals in his career which places him at 17th when compared to all players still active in the English Premier League. He has played 26,552 mins in his career which places him at 9th among active forwards and averages 68.8 mins per game which places him at 194th in the English Premier League. In the time he's played professional soccer, he has produced 393 shots on target which places him at 6th among active forwards.
The goalie for the Blades is Dean Henderson from England. He is 22 years old and has been on the field a total of 8,460 mins protecting the net over the course of his career. Henderson has allowed an average of 0.87 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranked 3rd among active goalies. During his career, he's allowed 82 goals. He's earned a career save % of .766 which has him ranked 2nd among active goalies. For the Blades to get points, Henderson will need to be solid in net.
Chelsea comes into this game with a mark of 1 win, 1 draw, and 1 loss putting them at 13th in the English Premier League. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 4 goals which ranks them 10th in the league. Their goal differential is -3, putting them at 18th in the league. Chelsea will look to make sure they are sharing the ball because they have earned a total of 3 assists which ranks them 9th in the league. When it comes to shots on target, they have earned a total of 20 which ranks them 2nd in the league. As a group, Chelsea has racked up a total of 31 fouls which means they have an average of 10.33 fouls per contest. They have earned a total of 4 points for 2019 and they have an average attendance of 40,629.
Olivier Giroud is one of the standout players to keep an eye on for the Blues. The forward from France has played in 334 contests in the time he's played soccer and has played 22,254 mins. During that period of time, the 32-year-old has a total of 132 goals and has assisted on 47 goals. For his career he is averaging 66.6 minutes per appearance. Giroud has been a starter in 334 contests and has racked up 352 fouls in that time. When looking at shots on target, Giroud has totaled 396 which ranks him 5th when compared to active players and 5th among forwards. Willian is another guy to keep an eye on for the team from Chelsea. The 30-year-old from Brazil has tallied 49 goals in his career which puts him at 54th among active players in the league. He has played 23,254 mins in his career which puts him at 25th among active midfielders and averages 66.3 minutes per game which puts him at 213th in the league. In the time he has played pro soccer, he has earned 218 shots on target which puts him at 14th among active midfielders.
Protecting the goal for the Blues is Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain. He is 24 years old and has totaled 13,445 mins defending the goal in his career. Arrizabalaga has allowed 1.18 goals per 90 minutes in his career which has him ranked 10th out of all active goalies in English Premier League. During his career, he has surrendered 176 goals. His career save % is .713 which has him ranked 14th among active professional goalies. For the Blues to walk away with points, Arrizabalaga will look to be solid in net.
Who will win tonight's EPL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Chelsea (-349)
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