Chelsea will try to respond after last weekend’s defeat to West Ham when they welcome Leeds to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
Thomas Tuchel’s men lost for only the second time this season at London Stadium last time, conceding more than one goal in a match for the first time in this league campaign.
They host a Leeds team that moved six points ahead of the relegation zone with a 2-2 draw against Brentford last weekend when the returning Patrick Bamford struck in the dying heat of the match.
Here is everything you need to know about the match.
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When is kick off? Saturday 11 December, 15:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Stamford BridgeTV channel / livestream? Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, BBC Final Score (UK), fuboTV (US)Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube Channel, BBC Match of the Day (UK)Judge? Chris KavanaghWHERE? Mike Dean
Kovacic has tested positive for COVID-19 / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages
The treatment room swells in Cobham, with Mateo Kovacic as the latest to join the growing list of absentees after testing positive for COVID-19 this week.
Jorginho also missed the trip to face Zenit with a back injury, while Trevoh Chalobah is unlikely to play against Leeds. N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell will not be appearing either.
You can read a predicted lineup for Chelsea here.
Struijk can make his return this weekend / BSR Agency / GettyImages
Just as Leeds seemed to overcome their injury problems, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper were forced out of the draw against Brentford, with the former missing for up to two months.
Bamford also appeared to be injuring his hamstring when he celebrated his stoppage time goal and faces two weeks out.
At the same time, Pascal Struijk can return for Bielsa’s team, although Robin Koch is unlikely to join.
You can read Leeds’ expected line-up here.
Chelsea defeated Leeds under Frank Lampard last season / DANIEL LEAL / GettyImages
Meetings between these two sides have been rare in recent years, with only three meetings since their 2012 League Cup match.
Chelsea emerged victorious against the Yorkshire suit when supporters returned to Stamford Bridge last season, but Tuchel’s only meeting with Bielsa ended in a draw at Elland Road in March.
Chelsea celebrate against West Ham / Alex Pantling / GettyImages
The margin for error in this season’s title race is razor sharp, which means that Chelsea can not afford too many episodes like last weekend.
But Leeds – and their subsequent injury problems – can provide the perfect conditions for the Blues to return to winning ways in the league
Tuchel has his own injury problems, but Chelsea’s squad is deep enough to take care of a Leeds team that is fighting for consistency this term.
Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Leeds
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