class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Looking watertight at the back, Al Hain-Cole is backing Lampard's men to ease to victory over a Whites team currently struggling for cutting edge
Chelsea have the chance to go top of the Premier League when they welcome Leeds United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Blues are two points adrift of both Tottenham and Liverpool in third place, with that duo not in action until Sunday.
Chelsea vs Leeds Latest Odds
Having not lost any of their last 15 fixtures within 90 minutes, they are 8/15 (1.53) favourites with bet365 to leapfrog both into first place by coming out on top here.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men have won three of their five league games on the road this campaign and can be backed at 21/4 (6.25) to pull off a shock victory in West London.
Three of the hosts’ last five home games have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them being forced to settle for a single point yet again.
Chelsea vs Leeds Team News
Olivier Giroud’s four-goal haul against Sevilla in Wednesday’s Champions League win may put him in contention for the hosts, who have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Jack Harrison will be assessed after picking up a slight knock in last weekend’s win over Everton, while Diego Llorente, Pablo Hernandez, Adam Forshaw, Jamie Shackleton and Jay-Roy Grot are all ruled out.
Chelsea vs Leeds Preview
While they announced their long-awaited return to the Premier League with an entertaining 4-3 defeat at Anfield, the Whites have actually been far less enterprising in front of goal recently – scoring just three times in their last four fixtures.
This lack of cutting edge doesn’t bode well for a match against Frank Lampard’s team, which has really shored things up at the back since the integration of Thiago Silva and particularly Edouard Mendy into the lineup.
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Indeed, they have conceded just two goals in 10 matches in all competitions, while hitting the net 22 times in their eight most recent fixtures.
Chelsea vs Leeds Tips and Predictions
With all this in mind, odds of 21/10 (3.10) seem extremely generous on Chelsea recording their eighth victory in nine matches while keeping a ninth clean sheet in 11 when Leeds visit Stamford Bridge.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.