Chelsea VS Leeds United – LIVE Reddit Soccer 11/05/2022
Facing a second daunting Premier League clash with a London club in the space of a few days, relegation-threatened Leeds United play host to Chelsea at Elland Road on Wednesday evening. The Whites went down 2-1 to Arsenal after a first-half implosion at the weekend, while Thomas Tuchel’s side were pegged back in dramatic fashion by Wolverhampton Wanderers to draw 2-2.
The travelling Leeds faithful were surely expecting a drubbing at the Emirates Stadium after a catastrophic first half in the capital, with Eddie Nketiah striking twice within the opening 10 minutes and Luke Ayling being sent for an early bath after a horror tackle on Gabriel Martinelli. Raphinha would have likely talked his way into a red card without his teammates’ intervention, although Arsenal failed to properly capitalise and even conceded to Diego Llorente’s header, but there was to be no dramatic fightback for the 10 men of Leeds.
Jesse Marsch’s fast start to life at Elland Road has been brought crashing down to earth with losses to Manchester City and Arsenal, which has left the Whites’ survival fate out of their own hands as they sit below the dotted line in 18th with just three games left to play. Leeds dropped into the relegation zone after Everton – who still have a game in hand – came up trumps at Leicester City, and fixtures with an in-form Brighton & Hove Albion and improving Brentford side are far from simple for the Whites to navigate.
Furthermore, Leeds have now gone 10 games without a clean sheet at Elland Road since shutting out Crystal Palace in November – not since 1966 have they suffered a longer such streak – but Chelsea are hardly adept at holding onto a lead.
Thomas Tuchel placing his faith in Romelu Lukaku from the first whistle finally paid dividends during the visit of Wolves, as the Belgian confidently dispatched a penalty before curling home a sublime effort from the edge of the box to put the Blues in cruise control.
However, with new owner Todd Boehly watching on from the stands, Chelsea capitulated in the final few moments to drop points again, as Francisco Trincao restored parity before Conor Coady headed home to spark wild celebrations in the away end.
From defending their European crown and threatening an early title charge to winning just one of their last five in the Premier League, an out-of-sorts Chelsea are just about clinging onto third place, but the gap to Arsenal has now been cut to just one point amid the Gunners’ four-game winning streak.
The announcement of the takeover clearly did not galvanise the Blues at the weekend, as Tuchel has now overseen a three-game winless run in the top flight and has witnessed his side drop 20 points from winning positions this season – not reassuring statistics before the impending FA Cup final showdown with Liverpool.
Chelsea were made to work for their 3-2 success against Leeds at Stamford Bridge back in December but eventually got over the line, and it has been nearly 20 years since the Whites last got the better of the Blues in any competition, but the Blues are certainly not the mentality monsters at present.
Chelsea and Leeds United will be gunning to bounce back to winning ways when they take on each other at Elland Road in the Premier League this week. As we enter the final phase of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, Chelsea are fighting to seal a top-four finish while Leeds United are battling for survival as the two sides lock horns on Wednesday night at Elland Road.
After enjoying a brief positive phase following Jesse Marsch’s appointment as Marcelo Bielsa’s replacement, Leeds United find themselves staring at the barrel in the relegation zone. With Burnley and Everton racking up positive results, the Whites have dropped to 18th place in the table, failing to win their last three matches, losing each of their previous two to Manchester City and Arsenal.
But with Burnley level on points and Everton just a point above, there is still a chance for Leeds to pull off a great escape. However, things will not get any easier for them as they face Chelsea in their next assignment. Although, they can have some hope going into the contest as the west London club are not going through the best of moments themselves.
Chelsea have won just one of their last five league outings and are without a victory in their previous three, most recently being held to a 2-2 draw by Wolves. And with the FA Cup final against Liverpool coming up this weekend, Thomas Tuchel’s side could have their eyes on that game, which Leeds might look to capitalise on.
Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League table, with Arsenal just a point below them in fourth, while Tottenham are five points behind in fifth. The Blues still need four points from three games to confirm a top-four berth. But with home games against Leicester City and Watford coming up after the Leeds encounter, it should help them get over the line.
Chelsea and Leeds United were involved in a thriller in the reverse fixture, with the Blues securing a 3-2 win courtesy of a stoppage-time penalty from Jorginho. Ahead of their latest game on Wednesday, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at both teams.
Leeds United could welcome back captain Liam Cooper for the game, but Luke Ayling is ruled out for the rest of the season due to suspension after his sending off against Arsenal last time out. Meanwhile, Patrick Bamford, Tyler Roberts, Crysencio Summerville, Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw are out with injuries.
Jesse Marsch will likely set his team up in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Chelsea, with Illan Meslier lining up in goal and looking to redeem himself following an erroneous display last time out against Arsenal. The returning Cooper should partner Diego Llorente at the heart of the Leeds defence while Jamie Shackleton replaces Ayling at right-back. Junior Firpo should continue on the left side.