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Leeds United v Chelsea Live Commentary & Result, 13/03/2021, Premier League | Goal.com



Both sets of players are on the field at Elland Road and kick-off is now just a few moments away in this first of four Premier League fixtures today.

Leeds United have lost just one of their last nine Premier League home games against Chelsea (W5 D3), with this the first such meeting since a 1-1 draw in December 2003. Chelsea are looking to secure their first league double over Leeds since the 1988-89 campaign in the second tier.

Chelsea show six changes from their win against Everton earlier in the week, as well as a change of formation. Chilwell, Rudiger, Kante, Mount, Ziyech and Pulisic return to the line-up, having all been named among the subs last time out, which only highlights the strength in depth available to Tuchel. Werner is among those to make way, possibly with next week’s clash against Atletico Madrid in mind.

Bielsa has made three changes to Leeds’ starting line-up following the loss to West Ham five days ago. Captain Liam Cooper misses out today through injury, so in comes Struijk alongside Llorente in the heart of the back four. Klich and Costa drop to the bench, meanwhile, with Alioski and Harrison recalled to the XI. Bamford is making his 100th appearance for the club.

Subs: Marcos Alonso, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Timo Werner, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mateo Kovacic, Olivier Giroud, Emerson Palmieri, Kurt Zouma.

CHELSEA XI (4-2-3-1): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta (c), Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Ben Chilwell; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho; Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic; Kai Havertz.

Subs: Robin Koch, Rodrigo Moreno, Helder Costa, Jamie Shackleton, Jack Jenkins, Gaetano Berardi, Ian Poveda, Mateusz Klich, Kiko Casilla.

LEEDS XI (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling (c), Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk, Ezgjan Alioski; Kalvin Phillips; Raphinha, Tyler Roberts, Stuart Dallas, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.

Chelsea remain unbeaten in 11 matches under Thomas Tuchel following their 2-0 win over Everton on Monday. That includes a run of six wins and three draws in the Premier League under the German coach, seeing them climb into the top four.

Leeds have lost four of their last five league matches, most recently going down 2-0 to West Ham on Monday. Marcelo Bielsa’s side may have struggled for form in recent weeks, but they enter this game just three points off the top half.

Welcome to our live text coverage of the Premier League meeting between Leeds United and Chelsea at Elland Road.



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