Premier League: Chelsea vs Leeds United preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Premier League: Chelsea vs Leeds United preview, team news, prediction and tips
December 10
Football

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Chelsea and Leeds United will face off in the Premier League matchday 16 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The kick-off is at 17:00 CEST.

Preview

Despite looking as the hot favourites to claim the Premier League and the Champions League titles in the 2021/22 season, Chelsea have lost leading positions in both competitions over the last seven days. First, Thomas Tuchel's men suffered a 3-2 loss at West Ham in the PL last weekend to find themselves in third in the table, two points behind leaders Manchester City and one point adrift of second-placed Liverpool. Then, the Blues were held to a 3-3 draw at Zenit Saint Petersburg in the final CL group-stage matchday to finish in second behind Juventus.

Meanwhile, Leeds' run of one loss, one win and three draws, including a 2-2 stalemate with Brentford last weekend, means that Marcelo Bielsa's side have slipped down to 15th in the Premier League table with 16 points, only six points above the relegation zone.

Team news

Ben Chilwell, Trevoh Chalobah and N'Golo Kante all remain unavailable for the Blues due to injury while Mateo Kovacic has recently tested for Covid-19. Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford, in turn, are set to miss the Whites' trip to London after suffering thigh injuries against Brentford. Robin Koch and Rodrigo, meanwhile, will play no part for the visitors on Saturday due to a heel issue and a cold respectively.

Prediction

While Chelsea's recent dip in form has been mainly caused by injuries, Leeds will be without a number of their key players at Stamford Brige too. Thus, we'd rather back the Blues to return to winning ways against Bielsa's men in this one to keep up with City and Liverpool. On the other hand, we can't realy envisage a goal fest taking place at the Bridge on the weekend since Leeds managed a goalless draw against the Blues in their previous head-to-head meeting in March.

Tip

Chelsea to win and total under 3.5 at 2.12 with 1XBET.


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