Chelsea travel to face Leeds at Elland Road tonight needing a win to help get the club’s form heading back in the right direction.
A last-gasp header from Conor Coady gave Wolves a 2-2 at Stamford Bridge over the weekend, as Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead. Thomas Tuchel have won just two of their last seven Premier League matches.
With Arsenal just a point behind the Blues and Tottenham four points further back, a top-four finish is not yet a certainty for Chelsea. With an FA Cup final to come on Saturday, a positive performance and result tonight would come at an ideal time.
They face a Leeds side though who are desperately in need of points themselves. Leeds sit in the relegation zone with three matches to go and it is sure to be an incredible atmosphere in front of their home fans.
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36 mins: Just because things weren’t miserable enough for Leeds, Harrison has gone down off the ball.
Firpo is getting ready to come on, looks like Harrison’s night could be over. Another huge blow for the home side.
34 mins: Leeds aren’t getting a touch now – going to be a long night at this rate.
And it’s very nearly 2-0! James clips a lovely cross into the box, Lukaku on the end of it and powers the header towards the far corner. Just wide. Meslier didn’t move.
James Robson at Elland Road
That might be offside, but it was a quality finish from Lukaku and another sign of his confidence returning.
31 mins: Lukaku has the ball in the back of the net but it won’t count.
Ball played over the top, he’s too strong for Llorente and then lifts the ball perfectly over Meslier and into the corner.
He was just beyond the last defender though.
James Robson at Elland Road
Tuchel didn’t want to tempt fate when asked about the danger of Leeds being reckless tonight.
He said: “I know what you are referring to because we see it in their last games: big physicality, they take huge risk in challenges which is fair enough. But I don’t feel comfortable in predicting this in our game.”
Loftus-Cheek is coming on and Chelsea will have to hope the injury to Kovacic doesn’t rule him out on Saturday.
29 mins: Rudiger kicks the ball out, as Kovacic goes down. He hasn’t recovered from that challenge.
Loftus-Cheek is ready to come on for the visitors to replace the Croatian.
27 mins: It’s a terrible challenge from James, in an area of the pitch were his side were under no pressure. Entirely pointless and it’s really cost his side.
Home fans furious, as is Jesse Marsch. They can have no complaints.
25 mins: Loose touch from Kovacic, James decides to throw himself into the challenge.
Gets the ball but the follow through is really high, catches Kovacic and it certainly is a dangerous tackle. That won’t be overturned.
LEEDS DOWN TO TEN AGAIN!
Dan James has been shown a straight red – it’s an absolute disaster for the hosts.
22 mins: Mount not exactly a popular man at Elland Road… even less so as he walks over to the fans to retrieve a ball.
Not sure that will be bothering him too much, after another goal against Leeds.