Chris Sutton predicts tight result in Leeds United clash with Chelsea at Elland Road
Chris Sutton predicts that Chelsea will visit Leeds United and take all three points in a tight affair in the Premier League this weekend.
Both sides ended up drawing their previous games from winning positions and come into the game on Sunday (21 August) level on four points in the league, but the pundit thinks the visitors will edge it 1-0.
Sutton is more impressed by the performance Thomas Tuchel’s men put in at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham than he is by the Whites in allowing Southampton to fight back for a point from 2-0 down.
On his BBC Sport predictions column he said: “Leeds boss Jesse Marsch will have been deeply disappointed to see his side pegged back by Southampton after going two goals up, and I think he might have to deal with another setback here.
“There are still a few question marks over what is going on with Chelsea up front, and they keep getting linked with new players too, but they were excellent against Spurs last week.
“If they play like that at Elland Road, they will win.”
Perhaps there is some reason to Sutton’s argument as Chelsea were good against Spurs, but however well they played, they didn’t win when they should have been out of sight, which Marsch should be drilling into his players all week.
The Whites boss will of course have been majorly disappointed by the way Southampton were allowed back into the game, but a win and a draw on paper is still nothing to be sniffed at whatever the manner of the games.
The Elland Road crowd is also not to be underestimated, and if United can keep 11 players on the pitch this time, unlike last season, they should be able to make this game a real battle.
A single-goal defeat wouldn’t be a major catastrophe at this stage of the season, but if the home side were to do the opposite it would go down as a massive early statement.
Defensively there have been a lot more questions marks than offensively, and not all the new signings have taken to the Premier League at the same pace, but there have been a number of definite positives so far, especially in light of the end of last season.
And once Liam Cooper finally returns will surely give a more accurate picture of how this side can operate, since his organisation and steel at the back makes a world of difference to the players around him.