Preview: Leeds United v Chelsea | premier league
Chelsea take on Leeds United in the Premier League on Wednesday night at Elland Road.
Jesse Marsch’s side are sitting in the relegation zone after back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Arsenal.
The Blues won the reverse game at Stamford Bridge despite a goal, with Jorginho’s late penalty securing all three points in a 3-2 victory.
Chelsea have been inconsistent since returning from the international break, winless in their last three games.
The Blues had previously not lost on the road since January before Leeds’ relegation rivals Everton last beat them away, with Tuchel’s men looking to find their way back to winning ways at Elland Road .
Leeds, on the other hand, have lost back-to-back matches to Man City and Arsenal but were unbeaten in five heading into the Champions League.
A point could see Marsch’s side climb out of the relegation zone depending on results elsewhere.
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Chelsea are without long-absent Ben Chilwell, while N’Golo Kante and Jorginho could return after missing the clash against Wolves at the weekend.
“We are fighting for Jorgi and N’Golo”, admitted the Chelsea head coach. “It will be tight, I don’t know if we will get there.”
For Leeds, Marsch has confirmed that Liam Cooper will be available for his side while former Blue Patrick Bamford will remain sidelined.
“I believe, now that he trained yesterday, Liam (Cooper) will be available for tomorrow. Patrick (Bamford) is doing individual work, hopefully as a team by the end of the week,” he said.
Tuchel challenged his players to find their way back to winning ways after the disappointment of conceding a last-minute equalizer against Bruno Lage’s side.
Leeds are desperate for points and the atmosphere at Elland Road will no doubt prove a hostile one for Tuchel’s side, who have looked mentally and physically fatigued in recent weeks.
Although Chelsea need to build momentum to progress to the FA Cup final, Leeds will prove a tough opponent and could frustrate Tuchel’s side again.
Prediction: Leeds United 1-1 Chelsea