While a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur is nothing to be truly upset about, Chelsea fans certainly felt aggrieved about dropping two points against their London rivals last Sunday. The Blues twice took the lead at Stamford Bridge first through Kalidou Koulibaly and then Reece James, but were eventually pegged back on both occasions with the second equaliser coming in injury time via the head of Harry Kane.
Moments before Kane’s equaliser there was some controversy as the referee and VAR did not deem Cristian Romero pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair as a red card offence. That, plus a potential foul and offside in Tottenham’s first equaliser, led to heated moments between Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte on the touchline and the German was sent off at the end of the match.
But they travel to Elland Road to face a Leeds side above them in the Premier League table. Like Chelsea, Leeds are unbeaten in their opening two matches and sit sixth at the start of their first full season under Jesse Marsch. Leeds made a big call to replace Marcelo Bielsa with Marsch last season but the American secured their safety on the final day of the Premier League and they have built on that.
Starting the season at home to Wolves, Leeds beat Bruno Lage’s men 2-1 thanks to Rodrigo and an own goal from Rayan Ait-Nouri, and they took a two-goal lead against Southampton last weekend. However, they eventually gave up their advantage, conceding twice in nine minutes to eventually draw 2-2.
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Leeds United vs Chelsea match stats
Leeds vs Chelsea has been a historically feisty fixture, with the first match coming to mind when you mention it often being the 1970 FA Cup Final and Replay. While things certainly aren’t that bad, there were still nine cards across the two Premier League games last season including one red.
Reece James opened his account for the season last weekend and has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 24 PremieR League starts, scoring six and providing nine assists. The Englishman also enjoys playing against Leeds, with one goal and two assists in league matches vs the Whites.
11 December 2021 – Chelsea 3-2 Leeds – Premier League
13 March 2021 – Leeds 0-0 Chelsea – Premier League
5 December 2020 – Chelsea 3-1 Leeds – Premier League
19 December 2012 – Leeds 1-5 Chelsea – EFL Cup
Leeds haven’t had any luck against Chelsea since their return to Premier League, losing three of their four meetings so far, with one draw. The Whites’ winless run in this fixture stretches back to a 2-0 win in December 2002, though they have only faced Chelsea eight times since.
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