Chelsea 3-1 Leeds United - as it happened: Whites fall at Stamford Bridge as Marcelo Bielsa admits to 'fair' result

Leeds United travel to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday night under the lights - follow every kick live below.

Saturday, 5th December 2020, 11:45 pm

Marcelo Bielsa and his men travel to the capital to renew rivalries with old foe Frank Lampard as the pair face off for the first time in the top flight. The Whites head into the fixture following an impressinve win over Everton while Chelsea are unbeaten in 15 matches across all competitions.

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Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa and Chelsea's Frank Lampard go head-to-head this evening.

Chelsea v Leeds United - LIVE BLOG

Last updated: Saturday, 05 December, 2020, 19:50

  • Leeds travel to Chelsea in the Premier League
  • The Whites have 14 points from 10 games
  • Bielsa’s men defeated Everton last time out
  • Lampard has seen his side avoid defeat in 15 outings
  • Follow every kick of top flight action below
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  • Chelsea 3-1 Leeds United (FT)

Welcome to today’s live blog as Leeds United travel to Chelsea in Premier League action.

It’s the first game with fans for the Whites since March this evening, with around 2,000 home supporters heading to Stamford Bridge under the new guidelines.

If you’re not tuning in on TV, though, we’re here tonight to take you through the action with every single kick - so stay tuned!

Early Leeds United team news

Leeds United have three absentees for the trip to face Chelsea tonight.

Pablo Hernandez, Jamie Shackleton and long-term injury worry Adam Forshaw (hip) are all still sidelined.

There was good news pre-match for Marcelo Bielsa, however, who has seen defender Diego Llorente return to training this week.

The Argentinian admits though that he would like the defender to pick up development minutes before any first team involvement unless his hand is forced.

Early Chelsea team news

Blues boss Frank Lampard has a fully-fit senior squad to choose from in London.

Olivier Giroud's impressive four-goal haul in midweek against Sevilla in Champions League action has handed the Chelsea manager a headache over team selection up front.

He must decide whether to hand the forward a first Premier League start of the season or stick with his preferred choice in Tammy Abraham.

Leeds United predicted line-up

There is one major headache that we know about for Marcelo Bielsa this evening - does he stick with Alioski or twist with Rodrigo?

Defender Robin Koch was missing from the club’s pre-match training video, which caused tongues to wag on social media.

He did, however, post on his social media channels this morning looking ahead to the game.

Assuming the German international is fit, we believe Bielsa will stick with the same starting line-up from Goodison Park, which would see record signing Rodrigo left on the bench once more.

YEP predicted XI: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Harrison, Raphinha, Bamford.

Something to get you in the mood...

Leeds arrive in London


Leeds unchanged, Giroud starts

As predicted, Marcelo Bielsa goes with the same line-up at Stamford Bridge following last week’s victory over Everton.

Frank Lampard has opted to start Olivier Giroud in place of Tammy Abraham after his four-goal showing in midweek.

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