Chelsea’s disjointed Premier League campaign continues on Saturday as relegation-battling Leeds United touch down at Stamford Bridge.
It’s still mind-boggling how Graham Potter is still in charge of the Blues, who, despite splashing out north of £300 million in January, cannot beat anyone.
Last weekend’s disheartening 2-0 defeat away to cross-city rivals Tottenham Hotspur, highlighted by Thiago Silva’s injury, rounded off a disastrous February.
Chelsea cannot forget last month soon enough after netting just one goal in five matches across all competitions (D2, L3) despite landing three new forwards in the winter transfer window.
Equally proactive in the last transfer campaign, albeit for different reasons, visiting Leeds cannot catch a break, even though they’ve shown some positive signs lately.
Newly-appointed boss Javi Garcia got his managerial tenure at Elland Road off to a flying start, claiming an all-important 1-0 home win over fellow relegation contenders Southampton last time out.
But the Whites immediately slumped away to Fulham in midweek FA Cup action, going down 2-0 at Craven Cottage, though it’s worth noting they attempted 16 shots, including six on target, in that game.
Winter arrivals Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke and David Datro Fofana have done nothing to galvanise Chelsea’s lacklustre frontline, with the Blues failing to score multiple goals in their last nine league outings.
The fact Manchester City’s Erling Braut Haaland (27) alone has netted more Premier League goals than the entire Potter’s side (23) this season speaks volumes.
But Leeds’ visit to west London could help Chelsea turn the corner, as they’ve won their last five top-flight H2Hs as hosts, including two since the visitors’ Premier League return in 2020 by an aggregate score of 6-3.
After putting the brakes on Leeds’ underwhelming ten-game winless streak in the Premier League on his debut, Garcia’s next assignment is to help his side find their feet on the road.
Alongside Nottingham Forest and West Ham United, the Whites have collected a league joint-low six points away from home this term (W1, D3, L8) and are winless on their last six top-flight travels.
Since Leeds’ only Premier League win on hostile turf in 2022/23 came at Liverpool in October, the visitors may not be intimidated by their hosts’ household status.
Chelsea vs Leeds United Potential Line-ups
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Arrizabalaga; James, W. Fofana, Badiashile, Chilwell; Fernandez, Zakaria; Madueke, Felix, Sterling; Havertz.
Leeds United (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Wober, Firpo; Adams, McKennie; Harrison, Aaronson, Gnonto; Bamford.
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Chelsea vs Leeds United Prediction
Given both sides’ scandalous runs of form, we’d go with a scoring draw.
Chelsea 1-1 Leeds United
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