Chelsea journey to Elland Highway this Saturday lunchtime as they face Leeds United within the Premier League for the primary time since December 2003. Thomas Tuchel’s facet go from energy to energy after sweeping apart fellow top-four contenders Everton 2-0 on Monday night at Stamford Bridge.
Following the win in opposition to the Toffees, Tuchel set a Premier League file as he’s the primary supervisor to maintain 5 clear sheets in his first 5 house matches.
In distinction, Marcelo Bielsa’s facet are on a disappointing run of type, having misplaced 4 of their final 5 in England’s high flight, together with their final two in opposition to Aston Villa and West Ham with out scoring.
However Leeds shouldn’t have any relegation fears as they sit 9 factors away from the underside three, whereas they’re solely three factors behind Tenth-placed Arsenal and can nonetheless be eyeing a top-half end.
The reverse fixture again in December at Stamford Bridge noticed Chelsea come out 3-1 winners because of objectives from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic after Patrick Bamford opened the scoring for Leeds early on. This was additionally the primary and solely sport within the Premier League at Stamford Bridge this season which noticed followers return as 2000 had been permitted that night.
In Friday’s press convention Thomas Tuchel dominated out each Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham for Saturday’s sport by way of damage. Silva, who returned to the bench on Monday night in opposition to Everton suffered somewhat setback on the finish of yesterday’s coaching session.
Additionally it is a really related scenario for Abraham who continues to be affected by an ankle damage sustained by a problem from Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles in final month’s house win over the Magpies.
Thomas Tuchel (Picture by Neil Corridor/PA Photos by way of Getty Photos) – Thiago Silva (Picture by NEIL HALL/POOL/AFP by way of Getty Photos)
Tuchel additionally confirmed he has no different damage worries and has had the rarity of a transparent midweek to organize his gamers for the lunchtime journey to Yorkshire.
Mason Mount and Jorginho look to set to begin as they’re each suspended for Wednesday’s return leg in opposition to Atletico Madrid. Ben Chilwell and Reece James are additionally set to occupy the wing-back positions to cope with Leeds’s tempo whereas Kai Havertz is about to proceed within the false 9 position after a person of the match show in opposition to the Toffees.
Marcelo Bielsa has urged in his pre-match press convention at the moment that Pablo Hernandez and Pascal Struijk gained’t play in opposition to Chelsea this weekend. The Argentine has additionally confirmed that Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo are each match, with the England midfielder enjoying your complete sport on Monday in opposition to West Ham.
When requested about some other damage issues, Bielsa replied, “No, Shackleton is obtainable now. Koch additionally, Berardi additionally. The gamers who should not accessible are Forshaw, Pablo, and Pascal.” It’s a huge enhance for Leeds that each Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi have returned to full health.
Thomas Tuchel on Kai Havertz: (Sky Sports activities)
“The place between a 9 and 10 is just about his greatest place. He has the liberty to drop, to change positions. I really feel very assured with him in excessive positions, I don’t need to have him behind the ball.”
Chelsea can set a brand new membership file of 4 consecutive wins in opposition to Leeds United in all competitions.
The Blues can win each league conferences in a season for the primary time since 1989.
Leeds’ solitary victory up to now 9 encounters was 2-0 within the Premier League in 2002.
Thomas Tuchel has grow to be solely the third Chelsea supervisor to stay unbeaten of their first 11 video games in cost. The opposite two are Guus Hiddink (11 video games between December 2015 and February 2016) and Luiz Felipe Scolari (12 video games between August and October 2008).
Leeds are considered one of solely three groups in Europe’s top-five leagues which have each scored and conceded 40 objectives this season.
Kind (all competitions)
Chelsea – WWDWD
Monday eighth March – Chelsea 2-0 Everton
Thursday 4th March – Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea
Sunday twenty eighth February – Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United
Tuesday twenty third February – Atletico Madrid 0-1 Chelsea
Saturday twentieth February – Southampton 1-1 Chelsea
Leeds – LLWLL
Monday eighth March – West Ham United 2-0 Leeds
Saturday twenty seventh February – Leeds 0-1 Aston Villa
Tuesday twenty third February – Leeds 3-0 Southampton
Friday nineteenth February – Wolves 1-0 Leeds
Saturday 14th February – Arsenal 4-2 Leeds
Predicted line ups
Chelsea – 3-4-2-1:Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Havertz, Werner.
Leeds – 4-1-4-1:Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips; Harrison, Roberts, Klich, Raphina; Bamford.
Leeds 0-2 Chelsea
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