Chelsea look to go top of the table, at least for a matter of hours, when they take on an underperforming Leeds United in the Premier League.
Chelsea hope to continue their upward surge in the Premier League as they take on Leeds United at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. The Blues convincingly won 4-0 against Sevilla in the Champions League and are now unbeaten in 12 straight matches across all competitions- one of their best runs in a few years.
Frank Lampard is surely proving to be the cream of the crop at the club where he spent most of his playing career as he has managed to get the best of a totally new squad in next to no time. A win versus Marcelo Bielsa’s side will send the Blues temporarily to the top of the league, but the Peacocks have been resilient against the best sides of England this season.
Edouard Mendy’s arrival from France has been vital for Lampard and he is certainly proving to be a step above Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Senegalese will keep his place in between the sticks and hope to add to his numerous clean sheets. After seeing some of the fringe players feature ahead of him in the Champions League, the defence will be back to standard.
Reece James and Ben Chilwell will return to their places of right and left fullbacks, respectively. Their ability on the ball will come handy against handling a high-pressing side like Leeds. In the heart of the backline, Thiago Silva will return next to his compatriot Kurt Zouma– both players were afforded a rest on Wednesday.
Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante will play as two deep-lying midfielders. Given that they are both pacey and good on the ball, the midfielders will have to play a crucial role in controlling the engine room. Their dribbling will come handy and might prove to be a game-winning aspect if the west Londoners manage to thwart Leeds.
Kai Havertz is back to the fore after a few weeks out and will likely be handed a start in the attacking midfielder’s role. Beside him will be the in-form Hakim Ziyech and perhaps Christian Pulisic, who may be brought in at the expense of Tammy Abraham. Timo Werner, who has played out-wide lately will lead the line in a more central role than usual.