Chelsea v Leeds Utd Match Thread - Bielsa Names Unchanged Starting XI

03 Dec 2020 10:50 am, by Ellandback1


Saturday 5th December 20:00 | Stamford Bridge | Live on Sky Sports


Saturday 15th May 2004 was the last time a live crown watched Leeds United play live in the Premier League. This weekend completes the circle as it will be the first time a paying crowd has watched Leeds in the top-flight since then. Leeds will face an in-form Chelsea side as the they look to break their win-less hoodoo in England's Capital, that will have effected them four days shy of their three year anniversary. The last time that Leeds won a game in London was courtesy of a Kemar Roofe hat-trick at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, better known as Loftus Road. When you consider how many London clubs Leeds have faced over this time, the statistic is horrifying.

Marcelo Bielsa has no new injury worries, but must decide whether to keep record signing Rodrigo benched, if not who would he drop? Sources at the club indicate that Diego Llorente is fit. There are calls for Llorente to come into the team, being the most expensive defender at the club, but Marcelo Bielsa does like his players to have had plenty of minutes for the U23s before slotting into the first eleven. Rumours are circulating on social media regarding Robin Koch being injured but are yet to be confirmed by and reliable source. If so, this could accelerate Llorente’s introduction to the first team.





Lampard says he has a fully-fit squad to choose from for Saturday's match and must decide whether Olivier Giroud has earned a rare league start? The Frenchman netted all four goals during Chelsea’s midweek victory against Savilla. The Blues currently sit third in the Premiership, just two points from the top. The only team they have lost to this season are Liverpool back in September. Chelse have undoubted pace and talent going forward and they will be a test for Leeds United’s defence but they could be vulnerable at the back, are Thiago Silva’s old legs up to the constant running of Leeds? A win for the Blues could send them top. A win for Leeds should elevate them to into the top ten.

Chelsea were the victors during the last top-flight meeting between the two clubs back in 2004, their final match under Claudio Ranieri. Leeds have only won two of their 12 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, with the most recent victory coming on 19 December 1999 when Stephen McPhail scored both goals. The only meeting since 2004 was in the League Cup back in 2012. Luciano Becchio gave Leeds a half-time lead and hope of a famous win, but it wasn't to be. Juan Mata fired an equaliser just after the break and Branislav Ivanovic headed the Blues into the lead. Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres would finish off a 5-1 victory for Chelsea.


Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Raphinha, Alioski, Harrison, Bamford

Subs: Casilla, Llorente, Struijk, Rodrigo, Costa, Roberts, Poveda

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NorfolkWhite wrote on 11 Dec 2020 07:57 pm

1964white wrote: Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:13 pm Why Norfolk?
Just from the comments made by the club after the last one. Seemed to indicate they’d done the majority of what they wanted to do this season.

1964white wrote on 06 Dec 2020 08:55 pm

lufc1304 wrote: Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:51 am Absolutely spot on, Ges. They are probably the most impressive side I've seen this season and will be up there challenging all year. We are a work in progress with a team that cost less than Pulisic who started for them on the bench. Great to read some proper perspective amongst the doom. Possibly half of last night's starting 11 won't be in the side next season if we stay up, that's the reality. And putting them up against a billionaire side like Chelsea, Prem big hitters, is always likely to end up being a little one sided. Hate them, despise Fwank but they are a very good side. We're not. Yet!

ALAW
Impressive at times this season however Liverpool are a better side & will retain the PL trophy imo!

SG90 wrote on 06 Dec 2020 06:31 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:15 pm If you compare Fwat Fwank and MB as managers/coaches... it is so lop sided in MB's favour, knowledge wise, skill set wise there is no scale for it....Fwat Fwank knows how to ask for money, get it buy a player at ridiculous amounts of money, says hello and tells him he is starting saturday... I can do that :angel: 8-) ...Lets face it Fwat Fwank left Derby in a worse position then when he started why? No money!
He's the reason why Derby are where they are now, left them in a right mess. Yet their fans worship him for winning a play off semi final and bottling the final. :lol:

Smudge3920 wrote on 06 Dec 2020 06:15 pm

If you compare Fwat Fwank and MB as managers/coaches... it is so lop sided in MB's favour, knowledge wise, skill set wise there is no scale for it....Fwat Fwank knows how to ask for money, get it buy a player at ridiculous amounts of money, says hello and tells him he is starting saturday... I can do that :angel: 8-) ...Lets face it Fwat Fwank left Derby in a worse position then when he started why? No money!

SG90 wrote on 06 Dec 2020 06:10 pm

faaip wrote: Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:52 pm Doesn't say much for us then
Well they should be beating teams with far less resources than them. If they don't win the title, Lampard has failed.