Chelsea team news and predicted XI vs Leeds United

All the latest news from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea look to return to winning ways against Leeds.

Chelsea look to end their wretched run under Graham Potter as they host relegation-threatened Leeds United at Stamford Bridge this Saturday, with the Blues not having lost a home tie against the Elland Road outfit since 1999.

However, they face a delicate balancing act ahead of their home tie against Borussia Dortmund, in which they will need to overturn a 1-0 defeat. With just three games separating the two games, they would ideally rotate their squad to rest the likes of Reece James and Enzo Fernandez.

However, they have not won in their last six games and scored just once in February, while a defeat to Leeds would move them into the bottom half of the table and could, according to reports, cost Graham Potter his job in west London.

As a result, we expect them to name a strong side to take on the Yorkshire side, in the hope that a win will inspire some confidence heading into the clash with the in-form German outfit, which could in turn help them head into the last 8 of the Champions League.

Read on to find out how we expect the Blues to line up, and the latest team news from Stamford Bridge.

Predicted XI

Team News

The news that standout defender Thiago Silva will be sidelined for some time came as another massive blow to the Blues, with the Brazilian not expected back in the side until April.

He joins a long injury list in west London, with Armando Broja and Edouard Mendy both still sidelined too, while Christian Pulisic remains out with a knee injury.

Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to have recovered from a nasty concussion, however, and Mateo Kovacic from illness, with the pair handing Graham Potter a timely boost. Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante could make a long-awaited return to the matchday squad after missing several months with a hamstring injury.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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