The English Premier League is so competitive that having a 10-3-2 record isn’t enough to sit in first place. Losing to West Ham United sent Chelsea to third place, but only two points behind Manchester City.
The Blues will play host to a Leeds United team that is in trouble. The Peacocks won only one of their last five games and are dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Chelsea dominates the soccer odds at -325, but Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is called El Loco (Crazy) for a reason. He’s not afraid of anything or anyone.
Chelsea vs Leeds United 2021 English Premier League Fixture 16
Chelsea: No Need to Panic
I knew West Ham United was going to put up a good fight, but I didn’t expect Chelsea to lose. The Blues were up on the scoreboard twice, finished with more shots on target and won possession.
Also, Arthur Masuaku scored West Ham’s winning goal (3-2) with three minutes left on the clock. It seems like Chelsea deserved better luck, but luck doesn’t win championships.
Midweek, the Blues drew 3-3 to Zenit in the UEFA Champions League. They were already qualified for the Round of 16, which is why manager Thomas Tuchel came up with an alternative lineup.
The good news is that Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku scored. Both strikers were having a rough time, but now have regained some confidence. Lukaku is now fully recovered from the ankle injury that sidelined him for several weeks.
Here’s why there’s no need to panic. Chelsea only lost one of its last 15 games in all competitions. We’re talking about the No. 2 top scoring team in the EPL with 35 goals. Plus, no other team has allowed fewer goals than them with nine.
Having Lukaku back definitely increases their betting online value. Winning without a center-forward isn’t easy and they paid a lot of money for him. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t score, Lukaku will always be a distraction to opposing defenses. And that’s where Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech benefit.
N’Golo Kante remains out due to injury, but Jorginho is having another fantastic season.
Chelsea’s predicted lineup: Edouard Mendy; Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Marcos Alonso; Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku.
Leeds Can’t Afford to Lose
Leeds United lost only one of its last five games. However, the Peacocks are closer to the relegation zone than to the top seven. Last season they finished ninth, so top seven it’s not too ambitious.
Most recently, they drew 2-2 to Brentford. Not bad considering Brentford beat Arsenal and West Ham United and drew to Liverpool. They showed a lot of resilience because the tying goal wasn’t until the 95th minute. Patrick Bamford was the scorer.
That Bamford has awakened is very good news for them. He’s far from meeting expectations after having scored only two goals. In the meantime, Raphinha has been leading the attack. The Brazilian has scored six goals.
Their road record isn’t the best at 1-3-3, but recently they’ve shown some improvement. They drew 0-0 to Brighton, put up a good fight against Tottenham despite losing 2-1 and beat Norwich 2-1. Not playing in any international competition has allowed them to focus on the EPL.
According to Las Vegas odds, you could win $465 for every $100 bet on the draw. It would be $975 if you decide to go with Leeds and El Loco.
Leeds United’s predicted lineup: Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper; Stuart Dallas, Kalvin Philipps, Adam Forshaw, Hector Firpo; Raphinha, Daniel James, Patrick Bamford.
Chelsea vs Leeds United Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 104
- Chelsea Victories: 35 (137 goals)
- Leeds United Victories: 39 (145 goals)
- Draws: 30
Last season, they met twice, First, Chelsea beat Leeds United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Bamford opened the can for the visitors, but Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Pulisic scored for the Blues. Giroud and Zouma no longer play for Chelsea.
The second meeting ended with a goalless draw. Leeds beat Chelsea for the last time in the 2002-03 season. Keep in mind that after the 2003-04 season, Leeds spent a lot of time playing in the Championship.
Chelsea vs Leeds United Game Information
- Date: Saturday
- Time: 10 a.m. ET
- Location: Stamford Bridge, London
- Chelsea vs Leeds United Live Stream: fuboTV
Chelsea vs Leeds United Betting Lines
Chelsea vs Leeds United Prediction
I think Bielsa is one of the best managers in the world, but Tuchel is better. He had done a great job establishing a winning mentality in Chelsea’s camp. So good that they rarely lose two games in a row.
Having Lukaku back and Werner motivated makes Chelsea an even more dangerous side. That’s why our football prediction is for the Blues to go over 2½ goals. The visitors will put up a fight, but it won’t be enough.
Score Prediction: Chelsea 3, Leeds United 1