It’s been quite a while since Chelsea visited Elland Road, but the time’s finally come to take on Leeds United on their home turf. The old rivalry will hopefully spur the team on to continue our unbeaten streak and secure a vital three points in the race for top four. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see a striker score a goal this time; stranger things have happened!
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
It’d be ludicrous to change formation at this point given Chelsea’s good form, and the WAGNH community fully agreed in overwhelming fashion, with 86% voting for some flavor of the three at the back setup. No other formation came close, just as Kepa Arrizabalaga (7%) did not come close to unseating Édouard Mendy.
Chelsea’s greatest strength lies in defense right now — something unthinkable just a few short weeks ago — and the back three of Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen and César Azpilicueta are working wonders. It’s still a little early for Thiago Silva (23%) while Kurt Zouma (28%) fights an uphill battle to get a run in the team, even after a good game.
The community favoured a pivot of N’Golo Kanté and Mateo Kovačić though it was a close call this time, with Jorginho (52%) less than ten percentage points behind. Billy Gilmour (7%) remains a distant fourth choice. Ben Chilwell returns into the fray ahead of Marcos Alonso (26%) on the left flank, while Reece James beat out Callum Hudson-Odoi (52%) on the right.
Tammy Abraham (3%) is still out with an ankle injury and Olivier Giroud (14%) continues to fulfill his role as the ace in the hole. Chelsea’s new hope at centre forward therefore lies in Kai Havertz who teams up with Timo Werner and Mason Mount in attack, ahead of Christian Pulisic (44%) and Hakim Ziyech (14%).
Mendy (93%) | Rüdiger (76%), Christensen (84%), Azpilicueta (79%) | Chilwell (71%), Kovačić (62%), Kanté (71%), James (67%) | Werner (58%), Havertz (80%), Mount (85%)
MY PREFERRED CHOICE
I’m completely hyped after that Havertz performance against Everton so it’s all about him starting here. Maybe our calls have been heard and the striking problem is finally solved? One can only hope, but this game might be telling for the future.
The only changes I made to the community’s lineup is starting Hudson-Odoi ahead of Werner, and Jorginho ahead of Kanté.
Mendy | Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta | Chilwell, Jorginho, Kovačić, James | Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Mount