Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: A woeful start from Leeds, whose gameplan has presumably gone out of the window in the first few minutes. Lukaku will be relishing the opportunity to bag a few goals tonight. Chelsea look like they are in the mood. Kovacic threatens to walk through the Leeds defence, before a crucial tackle from Phillips puts a stop to the Croatian.
Well that didn’t take long! James (Reece, not Dan) finds some space on the right, drives into the box and lays the ball back to Mount, who comes onto it at pace and his a first-time pearler, which curls into the top corner. Could Meslier have done better at his near post? Probably not, that was right in the postage stamp. A sumptuous finish. Mount holds his hands to his ears to the home faithful. They aren’t exactly impressed.
We’re underway in the 7.30pm kick offs, which include Leeds v Chelsea and Dundee United v Celtic.
Wolves v Manchester City
Wolves: Jose Sa, Boly, Coady, Dendoncker, Jonny, Joao Moutinho, Neves, Ait Nouri, Chiquinho, Pedro Neto, Jimenez.
Subs: Hoever, Marcal, Trincao, Mosquera, Silva, Ruddy, Gomes, Hwang, Cundle.
Man City: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Foden.
Subs: Ake, Gabriel Jesus, Grealish, Steffen, Mahrez, Egan-Riley, Mbete-Tabu, Palmer, Lavia.
City’s well documented defensive problems mean that Fernandinho, 37 years young, starts at centre back tonight. He hasn’t played there since 2020.
Watford manager Roy Hodgson, soon to be former Watford manager Roy Hodgson, did this at Crystal Palace on Saturday; one of the funniest moments of this season for me.
The Hornets named their new manager today. Rob Edwards joins from Forest Green Rovers from next season. Frank Lampard and Everton will be hoping for a simple three points tonight.
It’s a big night for Lewis Bate. The 19-year-old spent 10 years at Chelsea, in the academy, but never featured for the first team. He joined Leeds last summer for £1.5m and tonight is his first Premier League start. His only other Premier League appearance, against West Ham in January, involved him coming on as sub in the 22nd minute before being subbed off just after the hour mark. Eeeesh. The lad must have done something good in training to convince Marsch he is right to face his former club tonight.
I have hundreds of quotes I use at different moments. I try to think how they fit with who I am and how we play football. I love quotes, learning from people of the past. Sports figures, historical figures, whatever. The key is understanding what messages to use at the right time. I use things that resonate with me … there are historical figures, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, presidents like John F Kennedy.
Jesse Marsch has been on fine form prior to Leeds’ big game tonight. Unsurprisingly, it formed the main part of the Fiver tonight.
Leeds v Chelsea
Leeds: Meslier, Llorente, Koch, Cooper, Struijk, Harrison, Raphinha, Bate, Phillips, James, Rodrigo.
Subs: Firpo, Klaesson, Gelhardt, Hjelde, Cresswell, Greenwood, Klich, Shackleton, Gray.
Chelsea: Mendy, Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Pulisic, Lukaku.
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Thiago Silva, Werner, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Ziyech, Azpilicueta, Havertz, Sarr.
Watford v Everton
Watford: Foster, Ngakia, Kabasele, Samir, Masina, Sissoko, Kayembe, Gosling, Sema, Joao Pedro, Kalu.
Subs: Etebo, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Bachmann, Sierralta, Morris, Cukur, Blake, Grieves.
Everton: Pickford, Iwobi, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Mykolenko, Gordon, Doucoure, Delph, Gray, Richarlison.
Subs: Kenny, Allan, Calvert-Lewin, Begovic, Andre Gomes, Davies, Branthwaite,
Leicester v Norwich
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Castagne, Evans, Justin, Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Lookman, Vardy, Barnes.
Subs: Soyuncu, Albrighton, Ward, Iheanacho, Perez, Mendy, Daka, Thomas.
Norwich: Gunn, Aarons, Hanley, Byram, Giannoulis, Gilmour, Rupp, Springett, Lees-Melou, Rashica, Pukki.
Subs: Krul, Gibson, Dowell, Placheta, Tzolis, Sorensen, Williams, Gibbs, Rowe.
Dundee United v Celtic
Dundee Utd: Siegrist, Freeman, Edwards, McMann, Liam Smith, Meekison, McDonald, Levitt, Niskanen, Macleod, Clark.
Subs: Sporle, Mulgrew, Eriksson, Neilson, Mochrie, Graham, Watt, O’Donnell, Cudjoe.
Celtic: Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate, Forrest, Giakoumakis, Abada.
Subs: Furuhashi, Turnbull, McCarthy, Jota, Rogic, Ideguchi, Bain, Maeda, Welsh.
What an evening of association football we have in store for you tonight. You lucky, lucky things. With the exception of Leicester v Norwich, which is a stone-cold dead rubber, all of the Premier League fixtures tonight have something juicy riding on them. Namely, of course, the league title with Manchester City looking to re-establish their three point advantage over Liverpool with a trip to Europe-chasing Wolves.
That’s the late-kick off. The early one is a fixture that screams 1960s: Leeds v Chelsea. Simply put, it is a humungous game at Elland Road, with Leeds’ woeful goal difference meaning they will need to better Burnley and Everton in the final three games of the season – Everton travel to already-doomed Watford tonight. Brighton and Brentford should provide easier tests for Leeds but it is an excellent time to play Chelsea, who are now in danger of spectacularly blowing it. Tuchel has gone into crisis mode.
Elsewhere, we’ll also be reporting on fitba, with Celtic able to wrap up the title tonight at Dundee United. It really is a formality, with the Bhoys leading Rangers by six points and 20 goals with two games remaining, but a draw or win tonight (or if Rangers fail to win) will rubber-stamp the trophy for Ange Postecoglou and co.
Fixtures of concern (all times BST)
Leeds v Chelsea 7.30pm
Leicester v Norwich 7.45pm
Watford v Everton 7.45pm
Wolves v Man City 8.15pm
Dundee United v Celtic 7.30pm
Rangers v Ross County 7.45pm
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Juventus v Inter 8pm