Chelsea are looking to get back to winning ways as they play hosts to Leeds United on Saturday. The Blues have endured a rough spell of matches lately winning just one of their last four competitive matches, including a 3-2 defeat to West Ham last weekend. This poor run of results have seen them surrender their top spot in the league table and a win could be imperative this weekend, as they look to regain their place at the top.
As for Leeds United, they have won only two of their last six matches in the Premier League. But at the same time, they have endured one defeat during this period, and are currently in 15th place in the league table. They will have the opportunity to push for a mid-table spot this weekend, although the visitors will be more than happy with just a point.
Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to make any changes to his tried and tested 3-4-2-1 formation that offers his side the defensive solidity and security in possession, two vital aspects for any team taking on the intensely motivated Leeds United team. However, the Blues must find a way to become more effective in the attack, while Tuchel will demand more defensive solidity from his team, having conceded six goals in the last two matches.
Marcelo Bielsa should also persist with his 4-1-4-1 formation that can effortlessly shift into a three-man backline if required. The right-back Luke Ayling can drop in alongside the centre-backs while Junior Firpo operates as an out and out wide attacker during the offensive phases of the game.
Chelsea will continue to miss out on the services of key midfielders Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante. They are joined by Ben Chilwell in the club’s list of absentees. Jorginho remains a doubt as well, although we are expecting the Italian to return to full fitness by the weekend.
Leeds United, meanwhile, were dealt two massive blows on the weekend, with Kalvin Phillips and captain Liam Cooper picking up hamstring injuries against Brentford. The two are set to be sidelined for a while, while Patrick Bamford might not be fit enough to start either, being the third casualty in the draw last weekend.
Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Ziyech; Lukaku
Leeds United: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Struijk, Firpo; Forshaw; Raphinha, Klich, Dallas, James; Roberts
Chelsea 2-0 Leeds United
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