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Key events

8 mins: Aaronson almost slips a pass through for James to latch onto. The American looks brought for Leeds once more. I saw him play on the opening day when he showed great promise.

6 mins: Loftus-Cheek receives the ball in space inside the box but he takes too many touches when a shot seems the best option. In the end he is closed down, resulting in a Chelsea corner. Maybe a more confident player in front of goal would have fired a shot off. A golden opportunity missed.

Struijk is on the deck after coming off worse following a challenge with Loftus-Cheek. The Leeds defender catches an elbow from his opponent who does not try very hard to get the ball. There is no booking for Loftus-Cheek but Marsch and Tuchel share a few words.

4 mins: Leeds look up for the battle today. They are putting Chelsea under pressure wherever they are on the pitch. James has their first shot in anger of the day but it flies very high and well wide.

A well-worked move concludes with Harrison stinging Mendy’s palms soon after.

2 mins: A very good chance for Sterling. The forward finds space on the left, collects a pass and drives into the area, before cutting inside and taking aim but his shot goes the wrong side of the post.

Kick-off

Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!

The players are in the tunnel and Elland Road is rocking.

Bright sunshine and a light breeze in Leeds. Do playing conditions get any better?

Marsch: “I think this team is different to the one at the end of last season. We are disciplined and we know how we want to play. We are confident.”

Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink does not think Raheem Sterling was well respected at City. He claims that Pep Guardiola was always thinking about letting the winger go, rather than making him an integral part of the team. Micah Richards, a man who knows City inside and out, disagrees.

I think it is actually four on the bench.

@Will_Unwin is that 5 English players in the team, 2 on the bench and a Welsh chap as well for Chelsea?

— Baldfat Limey (@baldfatlimey) August 21, 2022

Brian Deane is in the middle of the pitch at Elland Road and has been forced to discuss scoring the first ever Premier League goal 30 years ago. I am sure he has a few other anecdotes to trot out.

Brian Deane in 1992, the year football was invented.
Brian Deane scores against Manchester United in 1992, the year football was invented. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Cucurella starts for Chelsea. Sid Lowe has a look at the Spaniard’s journey to Chelsea.

Connor Gallagher gets a start for Chelsea and Loftus-Cheek will have another outing at right wing-back.

Patrick Bamford misses out through injury. It’s a blow to Leeds because his replacement James is very much a different player down the middle.

Starting lineups

Leeds: Meslier; Kristensen, Koch, Llorente, Struijk; Marc Roca, Adams; Aaronson, Rodrigo, Harrison; James

Subs: Klaesson, Hjelde, Drameh, Klich, Forshaw, Summerville, Sinisterra, Gelhardt

Chelsea: Mendy; James, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly; Loftus-Cheek, Gallagher, Jorginho, Cucurella; Mount, Havertz, Sterling

Subs: Arrizabalaga, Ampadu, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Chilwell, Chukwuemeka, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Ziyech

Preamble

It’s the Ken Bates derby! Leeds and Chelsea arrive at the third weekend of the season unbeaten on four points. The two clubs have seen big changes over the summer; Jesse Marsch enjoyed finally being able to put his imprint on the squad he inherited from Marcelo Bielsa. They play to the American’s style and look reinvigorated after the Argentinian’s spell put them in trouble last season and only a final-day win ensured survival.

Leeds last beat Chelsea in the Premier League way back in 2002 but there is a new-found optimism around Elland Road. The place was bouncing after they downed Wolves on the opening day and they will be eager to see their team test themselves against a supposed title-challenger, especially after they lost all 12 meetings with the top six last season.

Chelsea were pegged back by Spurs last weekend and the match ended with some argy-bargy between the two managers. Thomas Tuchel showed he is up for the fight and a summer spending spree, which is set to continue, is getting all the fans pretty ruddy giddy. Following the slip up against Spurs, Tuchel will be eager to get back on track against a team still finding their feet.

Kick-off: 2pm





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