Leeds vs Chelsea LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Premier League fixture today


Chelsea travel to Leeds United in the early kick-off in the Premier League looking to bolster their push for a top four finish in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

A competition the Blues remain firmly involved in, with Thomas Tuchel’s side holding a 1-0 advantage over La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid ahead of Wednesday’s second leg, though their priority would appear to still be the Premier League, with the recent win over Everton cementing their top four credentials and revealing Kai Havertz’s quality. While Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be desperate to bounce back and move up the table after successive defeats to Aston Villa and a 2-0 loss last time out against West Ham.

It promises to be an intriguing game at Elland Road with both managers eager to play positive, entertaining football. The German tactician has shuffled his squad nicely since replacing Frank Lampard, but the difficulty in keeping everybody happy has been seen with Christian Pulisic’s lack of involvement, especially from the start, but Tuchel is adamant the United States star remains under consideration: “He is in my plans, he is an important player. I hope he stays patient, all of my players are competitors and want to play every single minute and this is what they show every day, the hunger and desire and this is what Christian shows. In the beginning he was a little unlucky because we knew how much of an impact he could have off the bench and we used this power and strength from him.”

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Leeds have some defensive issues, with Liam Cooper out through injury. Pascal Struijk replaces him in Marcelo Bielsaa’s starting XI.

And Thomas Tuchel mixes things up again, bringing in Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic to support Kai Havertz, who appears to be acting as the focal point up front.

Leeds vs Chelsea team news

Leeds XI: Meslier, Ayling, Llorente, Struijk, Alioski, Phillips, Raphinha, Roberts, Dallas, Harrison, Bamford

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic

Leeds vs Chelsea team news

Pascal Struijk, Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw are all still unavailable for Leeds, but Jamie Shackleton returns to the set-up following a muscle injury.

Chelsea have no new injury concerns but Tammy Abraham remains sidelined due to an ankle injury.

Leeds vs Chelsea prediction

Chelsea’s unbeaten run under Tuchel will definitely be tested by Bielsa’s ever-exciting Leeds side, but you would expect the Blues to come through unscathed. Leeds 0-2 Chelsea.

Leeds vs Chelsea predicted line-ups

LEE – Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips, Helder Costa, Roberts, Klich, Raphinha; Bamford

CHE – Mendy; James, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Werner;Giroud

Leeds vs Chelsea odds

Leeds – 15/4

Draw – 3/1

Chelsea – 7/10

Leeds vs Chelsea: Tuchel backs Pulisic

Thomas Tuchel has spoken about Christian Pulisic’s lack of involvement so far in his time at Stamford Bridge, providing context to the American’s role in his pre-match press conference:

He is in my plans, he is an important player. I hope he stays patient, all of my players are competitors and want to play every single minute and this is what they show every day, the hunger and desire and this is what Christian shows. In the beginning he was a little unlucky because we knew how much of an impact he could have off the bench and we used this power and strength from him.

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