Chelsea vs Leeds: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Chelsea will be looking to respond after last weekend’s defeat to West Ham when they welcome Leeds to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

Thomas Tuchel’s men lost for just the second time this season at the London Stadium last time out, conceding more than one goal in a game for the first time in this league campaign.

They host a Leeds side who moved six points clear of the relegation zone with a last-gasp 2-2 draw with Brentford last weekend as the returning Patrick Bamford struck in the dying embers of the game.

Here’s everything you need to know about the match.

When is kick off? Saturday 11 December, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Stamford Bridge
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, BBC Final Score (UK), fuboTV (US)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube channel, BBC Match of the Day (UK)
Referee? Chris Kavanagh
VAR? Mike Dean

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Kovacic has tested positive for COVID-19 / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

The treatment room is swelling at Cobham, with Mateo Kovacic the latest to rejoin the growing list of absentees after testing positive for COVID-19 this week.

Jorginho also missed the trip to face Zenit with a back injury, while Trevoh Chalobah is unlikely to feature against Leeds. N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell also won’t feature.

You can read a predicted lineup for Chelsea here.

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Struijk could make his return this weekend / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Just as Leeds seemed to be getting over their injury woes, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper were forced off in the draw with Brentford, with the former set to be missing for up to two months.

Bamford also appeared to injure his hamstring while celebrating his stoppage-time goal and faces a fortnight out.

Meanwhile, Pascal Struijk could return for Bielsa’s side, although Robin Koch is unlikely to feature.

You can read Leeds’ predicted lineup here.

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Chelsea defeated Leeds under Frank Lampard last season / DANIEL LEAL/GettyImages

Meetings between these two sides have been rare in recent years, with just three encounters since their League Cup clash in 2012.

Chelsea ran out victorious against the Yorkshire outfit on the return of supporters to Stamford Bridge last season, but Tuchel’s only meeting with Bielsa ended in a goalless draw at Elland Road in March.

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Chelsea celebrate against West Ham / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

The margin for error in this season’s title race is razor thin, which means Chelsea cannot afford too many episodes like last weekend.

However, Leeds – and their subsequent injury issues – could provide the perfect conditions for the Blues to return to winning ways in the league

Tuchel has his own injury concerns, but Chelsea’s squad is deep enough to take care of a Leeds side struggling for consistency this term.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Leeds