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On December 19th Leeds welcomes Chelsea at the Elland Road in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Blues return disappointed after Club World Cup crash. Neil Warnock’s team welcomes Rafa Benitez side on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.
Leeds goes twelfth in the Championship with thirty two points after twenty two rounds, having nine wins, five draws and right defeats this season. Their present form has seen four wins and one loss in their last five games. Leeds have won their last game against Ipswich with the score 2-0. In the previous round of Capital One Cup or League Cup they passed Southampton with the score 3-0.
Leeds forward Ross McCormack has scored six goals in previous eight League Cup games. They have beaten Oxford United, Everton and Southampton to get to the semi-finals.
Chelsea is third in the EPL standings with twenty nine points after sixteen games. They have won eight, drawn five and lost three matches. The Blues have three wins and two losses in the last five games in all competitions. They have lost Club World Cup title to Corinthians. The Brazilian side has won the final with the score 1-0. In the League Cup Chelsea passed Wolves 6-0 and Man Utd in extra time with the score 5-4.
Rafa Benitez’s team has won only three of their last ten games in all competitions. Also, the Blues has not lost any of their last eleven games away from home, winning nine of them.
Leeds head coach Neil Warnock will be thankful to have limited fitness concerns with his squad. Leeds’ goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown will miss this tie due to injury. So, Paddy Kenny will likely play for the hosts. Captain Lee Peltier is under doubt due to shoulder damage.
It passed only 24 hours after the Blues arrived back in England after their Club World Cup final defeat to Corinthians. Rafa Benitez does not have too many injuries. Oriol Romeu has a knee injury and will miss the majority of the season. John Terry and Daniel Sturridge remain sidelined and could return in a week or two. Gary Cahill and John Obi Mikel are suspended.
Leeds line-up: Kenny, Byram, Lees, Pearce, Drury, Austin, White, Brown, Diouf, Becchio, McCormack.
Last three matches:
Leeds 2 – Ipswich Town 0;
Derby County 3 – Leeds 1;
Huddersfield Town 2 – Leeds 4.
Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Torres.
Last three matches:
Corinthians 1 – Chelsea FC 0;
Monterrey 1 – Chelsea FC 3;
Sunderland 1 – Chelsea FC 3.