Kick-off: 1230, 13/03/2021
Stadium: Elland Road
TV: BT Sport
Chelsea remain unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel and have the chance to take another step towards a top-four finish when they face Leeds in Saturday’s early Premier League game.
Six wins from their last eight matches have put the Blues firmly on track for a Champions League place and their next four matches are all against bottom-half teams.
Leeds have failed to score in three of their last four games and an away win to nil at 11/5 is our opening Leeds vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds
Hopes of a top-half finish for Leeds in their first season back in the Premier League have been dented by four defeats in their last five games.
Monday night’s 2-0 loss at West Ham was the latest and again suggested Leeds are not quite ready to challenge the top teams on a regular basis.
Eight of their 11 wins this season have been against teams currently in the bottom half, while they are yet to win at home against a team above them.
They at least created several chances against West Ham but had two goals disallowed in the opening moments and Patrick Bamford squandered two glorious second-half opportunities.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa said: “When they attacked they managed to score two goals.
“We are a team that needs to defend well. If we do not defend well we lose the equilibrium.”
The Leeds defence has only kept a clean sheet in the first half on 11 occasions though, which is the worst record in the Premier League.
Looking at the Leeds vs Chelsea odds, we’re backing the visitors to be leading at both half-time and full-time at 17/10.
Last Leeds line-up: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Llorente, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Bamford, Roberts, Costa, Raphinha.
Leeds midfielder Jamie Shackleton is fit again after missing the last three games due to a groin strain and is expected to be included in the squad.
Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo came through unscathed after returning from injury on Monday night’s, but Pascal Struijk (knock) and Pablo Hernandez (muscle strain) remain unavailable.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea’s mean-spirited defence under Tuchel continues to set new standards in west London.
The former Paris St Germain boss has now become the first manager to secure five clean sheets in his first five home Premier League games.
Chelsea boast nine clean sheets in Tuchel’s 11 matches in charge, and only Maurizio Sarri with 12 games has enjoyed a longer unbeaten start to life in London.
Monday’s 2-0 win against Everton was another impressive performance as a Ben Godfrey own goal and Jorginho’s penalty secured a victory that could prove pivotal to the Champions League qualification race.
Kai Havertz was the star of the show in a false nine role at Stamford Bridge, with the Germany playmaker twice denied a goal before winning Chelsea’s penalty.
It will be a long way back for Leeds if they fall behind against this defence and Chelsea are content to keep control of the game once ahead, having failed to score more than two goals in a match under Tuchel.
With that in mind, our final Leeds vs Chelsea prediction is the first 45 minutes to be the highest scoring half at 21/10.
Last Chelsea line-up: Mendy, Alonso, Christensen, Zouma, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Werner.
Tammy Abraham will miss out for Chelsea with continued ankle problems. Thiago Silva is also out, with a recurrence of his recent thigh injury.
West Ham 2-0 LEEDS
CHELSEA 2-0 Everton – Ben Godfrey (og), Jorginho (pen)
Head-to-head: Chelsea 3-1 Leeds, Leeds 1-5 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Leeds, Leeds 1-1 Chelsea
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