Chelsea travels to Elland Road for the first time in almost a decade to face one of its most historic and hated rivals, Leeds. This is set to be a fantastic contest between two fast-paced sides. It’s Marcelo Bielsa’s free flowing attack up against Thomas Tuchel’s impenetrable defense. The Blues are unbeaten under Tuchel, despite being in the midst of their toughest run of matches in years—Leeds would love to ruin that.
How does The Pride of London staff see this match playing out?
Michael DeVito: 0-2 Chelsea
Defense is tough. Maybe some attackers will be in form.
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OIaoluwa Nwobodo: 1-3 Chelsea
Tuchel knows that, like Jurgen Klopp, Bielsa is not going to change how he plays. So, the question becomes: can Tuchel’s side exploit the high line? The Blues have been in good form, and sticking Timo Werner on Leeds’ centerbacks at the halfway line should work like it did against Liverpool.
Varun Dani: 0-4 Chelsea
This might be one of the rare occasions where the Blues score more than two goals under Tuchel. Leeds has lost three of its last four games, failing to score against West Ham, Aston Villa and Wolves. Chelsea boasts one of the best defences in the league right now, so expect Tuchel’s men to systematically rip apart Bielsa’s high line.
Akshat Mehrish: 0-2 Chelsea
Mason Mount continues his fine run of form, N’Golo Kante chases down Leeds’ midfield runners and Kai Havertz finally gets the goal that he deserved last weekend.
Nate Hofmann: 1-2 Chelsea
I’m going to be kicking myself when this ends either 1-1 or 2-2, but at some point, I have to start believing in this team. Leeds finally seems to be hitting that point of no return under Bielsa, where they’ll just slowly bleed out for the rest of the season until there’s nothing but a dry husk left. This seems like a match where fresh legs will be the difference, and that category skews heavily toward the Blues.
Scott Brant: 0-2 Chelsea
Leeds this and Leeds that, they aren’t that special—they are sort of like the game of roulette. If it’s their day, they are going to score four not knowing how many they will concede, but the Blues defense is legit under Tuchel. I think it will be a wild match in which the score line does it no justice.
Jake Brigstock: 2-4 Chelsea
This might look an absurd scoreline, but I’ve got a sneaking suspicion we could be in for a goalfest. Although we’ve been so solid under Tuchel, Leeds could throw caution to the wind against us, and I’d expect them to cause us problems if they do. However, with our quality that we’ve shown in recent games, I think we can achieve what Leeds might set out to do—outscore. Now that I’ve said this, watch for a cagey 1-0 incoming, but our attack has shown signs of clicking lately. This was especially true against Everton, and against a side that doesn’t like to defend too much, this could be a great opportunity for us to score a hatful. As always, come on Chels.
Olly Smith: 3-5 Chelsea
The football has been rather boring under Tuchel, and there is no team that brings out the fast ‘n loose than Leeds, so let’s have it. The Blues don’t concede much now, enter Patrick Bamford. But he’ll be outdone by Mount and the revival of Christian Pulisic, who scored against Leeds last time out, and will spark when he comes on. Five different goal-scorers with Werner, Kurt Zouma and Havertz to also score.
Anthony Gatt: 1-3 Chelsea
This should be a fun game to watch because of the way Leeds plays, it will pose more of attacking threat than what the Blues have seen in previous games. Due to that, Leeds will be easier to break down, and Chelsea will put three past them for three points.
Mike Malley: 1-3 Chelsea
It will be very interesting to see which players Tuchel employs against Leeds with the UCL second leg against Atletico scheduled for Wednesday. I imagine there is going to be some rotation, but most of Chelsea’s players are in decent form because of Tuchel’s early experimentation period, so everyone should be ready to go. The Blues’ defense needs to be wary of the Whites’ attacking prowess, though, as the strike force of Bamford and Raphinha can beat anyone on a bad day.
Abhishek Pancholi: 0-3 Chelsea
Time for Havertz to really turn on the magic, and grab a brace from his nine and three quarters position. Mount will add another to complete the humiliation for Bielsa’s Dirty Leeds.
Gabe Henderson: 0-3 Chelsea
The Blues smash Dirty Leeds thanks to the brilliance of Mount and Werner up top.
Kevin Peacock: 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea’s performance against Everton showed that Tuchel is continuing to evolve the team he took over from Frank Lampard into one that can once again compete with the best. Leeds certainly have a goal in them, but that we only leave them open for a couple of counter attacks that will seal the win for the Blues. Goals from Mason—that one’s for Frank—Mount and Havertz.
Barrett Rouen: 1-2 Chelsea
I just don’t see us keeping a clean sheet. I don’t think we’ve deserved them as often as they have happened. Leeds will score in what will be an emotional match that the Blues do come out the victors in.
Tan Yi Hao: 0-3 Chelsea
Leeds marks the start of a favourable run of fixtures for the Blues which could well solidify their place in the top four. Chelsea will have to start well here, and start well they will.
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