Leeds vs. Chelsea: The Blues Face Potential Banana Peel at Relegation-Threatened Leeds

May 9, 2022
Benson Chikezie

English Premier League 2021/2022
Matchday 33 (Rescheduled)
Elland Road, Leeds

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Chelsea are in danger of bottling their Champions League qualification spot after a poor run in recent weeks has seen them give up ground to Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham. After another disappointing outing where they threw away a two-goal lead at home to Wolves, they will travel to Elland Road for a crunch tie against Leeds. The must-win match will kick off at 00:00 IST on May 12, and it’s a chance for Leeds to move out of the relegation zone after their loss to Arsenal and Everton’s victory over the weekend.atch at the Bernabèu after the first leg at the Etihad Stadium did not disappoint.

Teams Status

Here is the latest form and team news from Leeds United and Chelsea Football Club:

Leeds United Form and Team News

The Whites find themselves in troubled waters after losing by two goals to one at Arsenal and witnessing fellow strugglers Everton win against Leicester City. They will be more concerned that they have played a game more than Everton, and Chelsea’s visit is not what they hoped for.

Leeds will draw strength from the result of the reverse fixture. Although they lost by three goals to two, an in-form Chelsea side needed a penalty to secure all three points. They have a better chance against a Chelsea side who are laboring to get over the line and have looked out of sorts in recent weeks. They will need all the inspiration they can get from Raphinha, Daniel James, Jack Harrison, and Rodrigo.

Crysencio Summerville, Patrick Bamford, Tyler Roberts, Adam Forshaw, and Stuart Dallas are injured and may not be fit to play when Chelsea visit.

Chelsea Form and Team News

The Blues now have a new owner, and while the leader of the consortium Todd Boehly was in attendance at Stamford Bridge last weekend, Chelsea bottled a two-goal lead as Wolves secured a 2-2 draw in the late stages of the game. They have looked particularly complacent, especially in defensive positions, with all that confidence they began the season with seemingly disappearing into thin air.

With only one win in five matches and Arsenal only one point behind, Chelsea are under pressure to hold on to the third place. They have not lost to Leeds since 2002, over twenty years ago, and will hope to escape this potential banana peel by sheer superior quality alone. Romelu Lukaku scored twice against Wolves and looked to have regained his confidence, which will be important for the team in the coming days.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell are still injured, along with the midfield duo of N’golo Kante and Jorginho, and they may miss the trip to Leeds.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Although they play at home, Leeds are outsiders going into this game, with the odds for a home win at 5.90 on Sportsbet.io, 5.45 on Melbet, and 5.60 on Parimatch. A draw is placed at 3.90, 4.36, and 4.20, respectively, on the three sportsbooks, and a win for Chelsea is at 1.60, 1.655, and 1.62, respectively.

Tipster’s Angle

Chelsea have not lost this fixture since 2002, although Leeds United have not been in the top flight since 2004, only returning in 2020. Thomas Tuchel’s side have not been at their best in recent weeks, with exhaustion and other factors playing a significant role in their decline.

Leeds United are in a relegation battle with Everton and Burnley, and dropping points at this leg of the season will be catastrophic for The Whites. Here are our thoughts on this fixture:

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.18

Two of the most recent meetings between Leeds and Chelsea have had at least four goals each. We expect a similar occurrence in this fixture, especially as both teams have a lot to lose if they fail to produce a favorable result. The outcome for over 1.5 goals is available on the Sportsbet.io sportsbook at 1.18 odds.

Tip: Draw in Either Half @ 1.616

Matches like these are usually unpredictable, especially as both teams currently have defensive struggles. We should expect either half to end on level terms, and both teams will likely approach the match with caution, especially in the first half. An early goal will trigger a response from either side, adding an interesting context to the match. Draw in either half is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.616 odds.


Chelsea barely overcame Leeds in the reverse fixture, and from their recent performances, this fixture is a potentially dangerous one for the London side. Leeds are in a desperate relegation fight and will expectedly bring a fighting spirit. We expect a highly entertaining match at Elland Road.

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