After winning 4-0 in the Europa League against Sevilla on Thursday, Chelsea will welcome fans back to Stamford Bridge with the wind in their sails knowing that victory over Leeds United could take them top of the league.
With 22, Chelsea have scored the joint-most goals in the league this season, while Leeds have the fifth worst defensive record, meaning that Saturday’s match is likely to see plenty of goals.
This is the first time the sides have faced each other in nearly eight years – the previous encounter being a League Cup tie in December 2012 which finished 5-1 to the Blues.
Chelsea’s last league outing was a 0-0 draw with leaders Tottenham Hotspur, but with the Leeds match sandwiched in between two Europa League fixtures, it is possible that manager Frank Lampard will opt for squad rotation in the interest of fitness.
Here we predict Lampard’s XI…
Senegal international Edouard Mendy has the most Premier League clean sheets this season, having looked an assured member of the Chelsea backline since his move from Rennes in the summer. Big-money signing Kepa Arrizabalaga never seemed to have the full backing of Lampard and has not played since mid-October.