By Craig Scott

11th Mar, 2021 | 3:30pm

Ken Bates: Leeds v Chelsea should be great game if they stick to football

Ex-Leeds United chairman Ken Bates admits he would be happy if the Whites or Chelsea win when they meet in the Premier League at Elland Road on Saturday.

Bates owned both clubs, spending 21 years at the top of the food chain at Chelsea before buying Leeds in 2005 when the club was facing financial oblivion.

The 89-year-old is hardly remembered fondly among Leeds fans with the club entering administration under his watch and suffering relegation to the third-tier for the first time in the club’s history.

But Bates clearly still has a soft spot for his previous clubs, including Leeds.

Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: “I would like them both to win and get three points. They’ve been great rivals. If they stick to the football it should be a great afternoon.

“I always look out for Chelsea and Leeds results. Then after I’ve had another drink I look out for Oldham, Wigan and Partick Thistle.”

Very tough afternoon

Thomas Tuchel has done a great job since taking charge at Chelsea, who know look solid contenders to finish in the top-four of the Premier League.

Frank Lampard, much to the delight of Leeds fans, struggled in charge of the Blues this season and it’s clear that there’s been an improvement since his exit.

Chelsea are unbeaten in nine Premier League matches dating back to January 19, when they were beaten by Leicester.

Leeds could only wish to be as consistent with Marcelo Bielsa’s side being almost impossible to predict this season in the Premier League.

Leeds versus Chelsea has always been a great fixture in England’s top-flight and Saturday’s match will be the first in the league between the two sides at Elland Road since December 2003.

Jermaine Pennant scored for the Whites on that day as they drew 1-1 with Chelsea, who equalised in the 70th minute through Damien Duff.

In other Leeds United news, Chelsea are very likely to be without this key player on Saturday.