A struggling Leeds United host Chelsea in the rescheduled matchday 33 fixture of the Premier League 2021-22 season at Elland Road in the early hours of Thursday, May 12. The match will kick-off at 12:00 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
With the FA Cup final looming, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is expected to make a few changes in the starting XI. This could see the likes of Malang Sarr and Saul Niguez being drafted into the team.
Leeds United, on the other hand, are fighting to avoid relegation and only a win could help them achieve that.
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Leeds United: 4.60
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Leeds United vs Chelsea recent form
Leeds United have struggled to produce positive results to an extent that they have managed a solitary win in their last five matches. In fact, since the turn of the year, the team has registered a mere five wins in 18 games across all competitions.
Of late, they have lost to Arsenal (1-2), Manchester City (0-4) and have drawn against Southampton (1-1).
Chelsea, on the other hand, seemed to have lost the plot in recent games. The Blues, currently sitting third in the standings, have won just one of their last five games. During the period, they have lost to Arsenal and Everton and have drawn against Manchester United Wolves.
Leeds United: L, L, D, W, D
Chelsea: D, L, D, W, L
Leeds United vs Chelsea head-to-head
Since their first-ever meeting in 1927, Leeds United and Chelsea have played a total of 105 matches, with the former winning 39 and the latter coming out on top on 36 occasions. A whopping 30 matches have been drawn.
Taking only the Premier League games into consideration, the dominance shifts to the Blues from London, who have won 10 of the 27 Premier League matches between the two. Leeds, on their part, have won eight while nine matches have been drawn.
Leeds United vs Chelsea prediction and football betting tips for Premier League 2021-22
The Leeds United game couldn’t have come at a better time for Chelsea. Since the lead between them and the fourth-placed Arsenal has trimmed down to a solitary point, it’s really important for Chelsea to win the remaining matches to at least finish in the top three.
For Leeds, it’s a battle for survival, but given their current run of form, the job seems like an uphill task for them.
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