Despite twice taking the lead away at West Ham, Chelsea ended up losing their last league game. Silva put Chelsea in front in the 28th-minute but a spot-kick allowed West Ham to equalise in the 40th-minute. Before the break, Mount restored Chelsea’s lead after good work from Ziyech but in the second half West Ham scored twice to seal a 3-2 victory. Chelsea have slipped down to 3rf position with that result and need to get back to winning ways this weekend.
Leeds and Brentford put on an entertaining 90-minutes at Elland Road last weekend. A goal from Roberts sent Leeds in at the break 1-0 up but in the second half Brentford scored twice in the space of 7-minutes to go 2-1 up. Leeds needed a response and they got it deep into stoppage time via Bamford who made it 2-2 with virtually the last kick of the game.
Chelsea have won four of their last six encounters with Leeds and both teams have scored in four of those six fixtures. Both teams have also scored in each of Chelsea’s last four outings in all competitions, as well as in four of Leeds’ last six matches. The hosts have won three of their last six matches in league and cup and look strongest in their own backyard.
Lukaku is back from his injury and back amongst the goals have scored for Chelsea in their midweek Champions League tie with Zenit. The big Belgian international was expected to challenge for the golden boot in the Premier League this season but injury means he only has 3-goals to his name so far. However, we’re backing Lukaku to find the back of the net against a leaky Leeds defence on Saturday.
This is also the first of three games over nine days for the deposed Premier League leaders that offer the chance of a reboot. All the top three have home matches this Saturday, though the other two played their final European fixtures a day earlier than the third-placed Blues.
The visitors are winless in their past six matches against Chelsea across all competitions since December 2002, though this is Thomas Tuchel’s first encounter with them at the Bridge. A year ago this month it was Frank Lampard’s Blues who saw off the Yorkshiremen 3-1 despite Cobham graduate Patrick Bamford’s early opener. The Londoners went top of the table (albeit briefly) as a result.
Neither combatant has been in great form. The hosts have taken four points from the last possible nine while for Leeds, who visit Manchester City on Tuesday, it is five. The visitors could drop as low as 17th this weekend.
Tuchel was understandably aggrieved his team conceded six goals and squandered four leading positions in two matches and will be determined to stop the rot on Saturday. The Bavarian identified concerns including a drop in physical commitment below what is required to see out a win.
The Chelsea squad only touched down in England in the early hours of Thursday, while the visitors have been able to prepare all week. It is not the ideal prelude to playing a side averaging more than 2km of sprints in games, the most across Europe’s top leagues.
The Blues will have to match that exertion but also protect the penalty area better against a team whose shot-creation numbers belie their current lowly position. And for 90 minutes: Zenit’s equaliser was the third costly strike conceded in seven games in the final 10 minutes of matches.
Having been knocked off their perch both domestically and continentally in recent weeks, Chelsea’s stellar start to the campaign has since plateaued with just one win from their last four games in all competitions, and even then Watford gave them a good run for their money.
We’re expecting goals in this game as over 2.5 goals have been scored in three of the last six meetings between these two clubs, including this very fixture last season which finished 3-1 in Chelsea’s favour. At least three goals have also been scored in five of the home side’s and three of the visitor’s last six matches in all competitions.
Before throwing away the lead twice in a 3-3 thriller with Zenit St Petersburg – which saw them forced to settle for second in Champions League Group H – Chelsea conceded another trio of goals in the capital as West Ham United ran out 3-2 winners in a pulsating London derby.
Manchester City and Liverpool both took advantage of the Blues’ slip-ups to usurp them in the table, with Chelsea now two points behind the table-topping Citizens and one behind Liverpool as they occupy third spot in the rankings.
The Zenit thriller marked the fifth game in six that Chelsea have managed to net at least two goals, but Tuchel pulled no punches at the final whistle, seemingly angered by his side’s ‘change in behaviour’ when holding onto a slender lead.
Chelsea have also been held to draws by Burnley and Manchester United in their most recent Premier League home games, but not since the days of Guus Hiddink have they played out three consecutive top-flight stalemates on their own turf.
Leeds may not be losing as many games in the Premier League now, but their affinity for stalemates continues to bedevil them, and they had to rely on the last-minute heroics of Patrick Bamford to rescue a point against Brentford at Elland Road.
After Shandon Baptiste and Sergi Canos had cancelled out Tyler Roberts’s opener, Bamford – making his first top-flight appearance in nearly three months due to a serious ankle injury – was in the right place at the right time to prod home and send the home crowd into delirium.
That point has not done much good for Leeds’ prospects of pulling themselves away from danger, though, as the Whites occupy 15th place in the table on 16 points – six clear of Burnley having played a game more than the 18th-placed outfit.
Bielsa’s side have now lost just one of their last seven Premier League matches – although that did come away to a London club in Tottenham Hotspur – and not since 1980 have Leeds managed to get one over the side boasting the tag of European champions.
Leeds did manage to hold Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Elland Road last season, but they lost 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in December 2020 and have only won one of their last 10 meetings with the Blues, which came back in the 2002-03 Premier League season.