Stamford Bridge sets to come alive this weekend with 2,000 fans cheering on for the first time since lockdown. The Blues will be playing host to Leeds United on Saturday with match kickoff at 11 pm.
Frank Lampard has an already established record against Leeds while back in his championship management days. The chapter could be added this weekend to see the side take the top spot in the Premier League.
From the Spygate controversy to the Championship playoffs, Lampard’s meeting with Leeds over the recent past has been something to look forward to. The Blues head into the match as the favorites having won seven on their last eight Premier League matches across all competitions. Their current winning streak stretches to 15 matches within the 90 minutes.
Only league leaders Tottenham have prevented the Blues from making it eight wins since October 24. The side bounced back from their goalless draw against Chelsea to a resounding 4-0 win over Sevilla in the Champions League. Olivier Giroud lit up the stage while netting a hat-trick and another goal to top it off.
Leeds United are proving an underdog for the Big Six with the power to break through the defences. However, Chelsea has only lost three home matches against promoted oppositions in the Premier League era. The last top four flight trips to London have ended in a defeat for the side.
Chelsea vs Leeds United Head to Head
Both sides have one game against each other with Chelsea taking home the win while Leeds without a win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Sevilla 0-4 Chelsea
Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham
Rennes 1-2 Chelsea
Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 4-1 Sheffield United
Everton 0-1 Leeds United
Leeds 0-0 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 4-1 Leeds United
Leeds United 1-4 Leicester City
Aston Villa 0-3 Leeds United
Chelsea Team News
Lampard has a fully fit squad for selection this weekend with only Chilwell with a minor injury. We expect returns of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount, Ng’olo Kante, Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma after sitting out in midweek. Giroud is pushing for a start, especially after netting four goals.
Leeds United Team News
After a groin injury, Bielsa could count on Diego Llorente, but he might have to start on the bench. Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton also expect to make a return to the starting XI.
Prediction and Odds
We expect an exciting showdown this weekend between Lampard and Bielsa, but Chelsea can make it a win.
Goals Over 2.5
Away: No Score