Leeds United vs Chelsea
The latter stages of the Premier League season are fast approaching and this weekend, Gameweek 28 of the 2020/21 campaign will be played. The lunch-time kick-off will be played at Elland Road, where Leeds United will play hosts to indomitable Chelsea.
Leeds United have blown hot and cold all through the season and while they have promised a lot, their profligacy in the final third combined with defensive susceptibility has left them 11th on the Premier League table. While a swift return to the Championship appears to be out of question, the Whites will hope for a top half finish going into the critical juncture of the season.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have recovered well from their debacles under Frank Lampard in the first half of the season. Under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel, the Blues have now gone 11 games without defeat, with their ever-improving defensive output playing a key role in this early success. The latest positive result came in the form of a 2-0 win over Everton on Monday.
The reverse fixture, played at Stamford Bridge back in December, saw Chelsea come from a goal down to beat Leeds United 3-1. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.
Recall Marcelo Bielsa reached his 1000th games for the club recently.
In a tweet, he said; 🎙️ “I go from day to day thinking I’m going to be here for the rest of my life” Marcelo on reaching his 1000th day as #LUFC head coach”
Unlike his counterpart in the Leeds United dugout, Thomas Tuchel has a fresh injury concern hampering his preparations ahead of the trip to Elland Road. On Saturday, the Chelse manager will have to make do without a couple of first-team players.
Tammy Abraham was already unavailable due an ankle injury that still requires some time to heal. The English international has been joined by Thiago Silva on the sidelines, with the veteran Brazilian defender suffering a relapse of the thigh injury he has recently recovered from. Neither player’s absence, though, is a major cause for concern.
Leeds United vs Chelsea probable line-ups
Lineup (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Alioski; Phillips; Raphinha, Dallas, Klich, Harrison; Bamford
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kante, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mount, Werner; Havertz