By Saikat Mandal

10th Dec, 2021 | 7:40am

Sky Sports expert predicts result of Leeds United clash v Chelsea

Leeds United will face Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

The Whites are undefeated in their last three games in the league, but Sky Sports’ betting expert, Lewis Jones has predicted that the Blues will win the tie 3-1.

Chelsea have conceded six goals in their last two games in all competitions and Leeds should be aiming to exploit their leaky defence.

However, the visitors are missing a host of key players once again.

“They [Chelsea] are approaching a crossroads in their season. Is it just a blip? Or will the drop from their insanely high levels allow Liverpool and Manchester City to stride clear and do battle for the Premier League title? We’ll know more after the Christmas period,” wrote Jones for Sky Sports.

“What is in their favour here is the opponent – and more importantly, who is missing for their opponent. Leeds have lost nine of their 13 matches without Kalvin Phillips. It’s a win percentage that drops from 45 per cent with him in the team to 23 per cent without.

“Plus, Leeds’ style notoriously leaves them very vulnerable to quality individuals and goals can be expected when they play a top-eight side.”

Spot on

This is sheer bad luck for the Whites.

Just when it seemed Leeds are finally getting their full squad back, Marcelo Bielsa will once again be without several key players for this crunch game.

The likes of Liam Cooper, Robin Koch, Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo and Kalvin Phillips are all missing due to injuries.

Jones is absolutely spot on here. Leeds have somehow managed to cope without Bamford, but it remains to be seen how they fare without their talisman midfielder.

The stats don’t lie.

While Leeds will be buoyed by the fact that Chelsea are showing vulnerabilities at the back, the question here is do they believe they can hurt the Blues and get something out of this game?

With Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool to follow next, this phase will prove to be an acid test for Bielsa’s side. Without Phillips, the task gets even harder.

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