Leeds United vs Chelsea preview: How to watch, team news, predicted line-ups, kick-off time and ones to watch
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Leeds United host Chelsea at Elland Road as the Whites continue their fight to retain their Premier League status.

The Whites have endured a torrid run of form lately, dropping consecutive matches to Manchester City and Arsenal to drop into the relegation zone for the first time since October.

Thomas Teuchel will look to get his players focused on this match with the FA Cup final on Saturday as the Blues need four points to secure Champions League football next season.

Team news

Leeds United

Liam Cooper is expected to return to the lineup after missing the last home match against Manchester City with a knee injury.

The Whites were dealt a blow to their defense as Luke Ayling picked up a red card against Arsenal and will be lost for the remainder of the season.

Patrick Bamford (foot), Stuart Dallas (broken leg), Adam Forshaw (fractured kneecap), Tyler Roberts (hamstring) and Crysencio Summerville (ankle) are all out.

Chelsea

The midfield duo of Jorginho and N'Golo Kante will face late fitness checks ahead of the trip to Elland Road, casting doubt in their participation.

Predicted line-ups

Leeds United: Meslier; Firpo, Cooper, Llorente, Shackelton; Phillips, Klich; Harrison, Rodrigo, Raphinha; James

Chelsea: Mendy; Sarr, Rüdiger, Christensen; Ñíguez, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Azpilicueta; Ziyech; Lukaku, Werner

Ones to watch

Diego Llorente (Leeds United)

With 122 duels won and 150 recoveries as well as 27 tackles on the season, the Argentine will be a key man in the middle of the park, particularly on the defensive end. 

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Mason Mount (Chelsea)

He's been by far the Blues' best and most dangerous player this season, having scored 15 goals and assists on a further 12, giving him 27 goal involvements, ten more than the next closest.

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Previous meetings

In December, a 94th-minute winner by Jorginho settled a five-goal thriller in Chelsea's favor.

Raphinha put Leeds in front with the game's first penalty after 28 minutes, following Marcos Alonso's mistimed challenge on Daniel James.

Alonso redeemed himself with a pass to Mason Mount, whose first-time finish sent the sides level into halftime.

The Blues took their first lead of the contest after referee Chris Kavanagh reviewed Raphinha's sliding challenge on Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho beating Ilian Meslier from the spot.

Joe Gelhardt seemed to earn the Whites a valuable point, sliding in to send Tyler Roberts' low cross past Edouard Mendy.

Mateusz Klich then hauled down Rudiger and Jorginho converted for a second time from the spot to give the Blues three valuable points.

How to watch

The match will be televised on Sky Sports and Sky Sports Premier League. Coverage begins at 7:30pm UK time with kick off set for 7:45pm.

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