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13 March 2021 12:30 UK/ 13:30 CET Premier League Elland Road

Leeds United will be aiming to make amends for a 2-0 loss to West Ham United when they take on Chelsea at Elland Road on Matchday 28. 

The Whites have been having their ups and downs in the 2020/21 season, and, as a result, they sit in the 11th place in the standings ahead of the visit of Chelsea. 

All Forshaw, Koch, and Shackleton are likely to miss the game with injuries, while Phillips has overcome his injury. As always, Patrick Bamford is likely to lead the line for the hosts.

The Blues, on the other hand, recorded a routine 2-0 win over Everton on Monday, with Kai Havertz producing his best display of the season. 

Thomas Tuchel is doing a great job with the Stamford Bridge outfit, and given Leeds’ display in the defeat to David Moyes’ troops, away win should be considered. Thiago Silva is fit, while Abraham is rated doubtful for the match.

Leeds vs Chelsea: Head to Head
 
Teams Leeds Chelsea played so far 13 matches.
Leeds won 3 direct matches. Chelsea won 7 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.38 goals per Match.

Leeds vs Chelsea: Prediction

Leeds in actual season average scored 1.52 goals per match. In 9 (64.29%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (42.86%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Chelsea average scored 1.83 goals per match in season 2021. In 14 (66.67%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (42.86%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Leeds will again be without the services of Adam Forshaw on Saturday, while Bielsa revealed during Thursday's press conference that Pablo Hernandez and Pascal Struijk are also absent.

Jamie Shackleton is available, though, while Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo Moreno are both fit, having come through the clash with West Ham following recent injuries.

Robin Koch has also recovered from a knee problem, but the defender will not feature in this match, with a return for the Under-23s on Monday evening more likely.

Patrick Bamford and Raphinha will both feature in the final third of the field, and there are also likely to be starts for Jack Harrison and Rodrigo, with Tyler Roberts and Helder Costa potentially dropping out.

As for Chelsea, Tammy Abraham remains a slight doubt with an ankle problem, but the visitors are otherwise in excellent shape, meaning that Tuchel has a number of decisions to make.

There are expected to be changes from the side that started against Everton, with Mason Mount, N'Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and Antonio Rudiger likely to return.

Thiago Silva is also in contention to start, having recently overcome a thigh issue, but Andreas Christensen's form could see the Denmark international keep his spot.

Kai Havertz, meanwhile, impressed against the Toffees in a centre-forward position, and the Germany international could retain his spot in the starting XI on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Dallas; Harrison, Klich, Phillips, Rodrigo, Raphinha; Bamford

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Werner, Havertz, Mount

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