By Craig Scott

12th Mar, 2021 | 8:50pm

Vinnie Jones predicts Leeds clash v Chelsea

Vinnie Jones predicts Leeds United to hold in-form Chelsea to a draw at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds have struggled as of late, losing four of their last five Premier League matches while Chelsea, buoyed by the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as their manager, have gone nine matches without suffering defeat.

Leeds versus Chelsea used to be a massive fixture in England’s top-flight and former Whites and Blues star Jones claims they’re still huge rivals.

Writing on the EasyOdds website, Jones said: “Leeds started well at West Ham in midweek. They had the ball in the back of the net twice early doors – and looked unlucky not to be in front. They lost momentum and were punished by a really good Hammers side.

“Anyway, a decent start from Leeds might put Chelsea on the back-foot in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off – so I’m going for a draw between these massive rivals. Yes, folks, massive rivals – if you don’t believe me just Youtube their matches from the seventies!”

Still a massive game?

Leeds have not played Chelsea in the league at Elland Road since 2003 and while it used to be a match between two clubs who couldn’t stand each other, it’s hard to see how the atmosphere can be replicated on Saturday.

There won’t be any fans to build an atmosphere so it’s hardly going to feel like a heated match between two rivals unless you see players who know the clubs and know the history, like Kalvin Phillips for Leeds and Mason Mount for Chelsea, going at it hammer and tongs.

Anyway, form suggests that Chelsea will win this match.

Tuchel’s been able to do what Frank Lampard struggled at by getting the best out of the big-money players at Stamford Bridge and shoring up the defence.

Leeds’ attack is one that can threaten any defence in the Premier League but this weekend they’ll be facing one of the best defences England has to offer.

Can they break it down? It’ll be though but if players like Raphinha and Patrick Bamford are at their best then we think they could.

Unfortunately, Chelsea’s attack is improving too and our defence isn’t, as seen against West Ham last time out.

In other Leeds United news, this yet-to-be-seen Under-23s ace has been spotted in first-team training ahead of playing Chelsea.