Chelsea vs Leeds - the stats

A new month of Premier League fixtures begins this weekend and we continue our preview of Chelsea vs Leeds here with the facts and figures underpinning the game... 


Chelsea vs Leeds head to head

It is 16-and-a-half years since Chelsea last played Leeds in the league. The Yorkshire side were already relegated when the sides met on the final day of the 2003/04 season. Jesper Gronkjaer scored the only goal for a Chelsea side with Frank Lampard in midfield. It was Claudio Ranieri’s final game in charge. A 35-year-old Mike Dean was the referee.
 
Chelsea are seeking a fourth consecutive home league victory against Leeds for the first time since a run of five wins between March 1935 and September 1937.
 
 
Leeds most recent league win at the Bridge was 2-0 in December 1999 which put them top of the Premiership. The Blues finished the game with 10 men after Frank Leboeuf was sent off for stamping Harry Kewell after 68 minutes.
 
Our most recent meeting was our 5-1 League Cup win at Elland Road in 2012/13. All our goals were scored in the second period by Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres.


Biggest league win for each team

Leeds 7-0 Chelsea - 1967/68
Chelsea 7-1 Leeds - 1934/35

Leeds' biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 5-2 in 1969/70

Our last meeting at Stamford Bridge

CHELSEA 1 LEEDS UNITED 0
Premiership, Stamford Bridge, 15.05.2004, 3pm

Chelsea (4-5-1) Cudicini; Melchiot, Gallas, Terry (c) (Huth 85), Bridge; Johnson (Stanic 82), Lampard (Nicolas 90), Makelele, J Cole, Gronkjaer; Gudjohnsen
Unused subs Ambrosio, Crespo
Scorer Gronkjaer 20
Manager Claudio Ranieri

Leeds United (4-5-1) Carson; Richardson, Duberry, Radebe, Harte; Milner, Matteo (c), Kelly, Olembe (Barmby 79), Wilcox (Pennant 59); Smith
Unused subs Allaway, McPhail, Kilgallon
Manager Eddie Gray

Referee Mike Dean
Attendance 41,276

Chelsea stats

Although Saturday’s attendance of 2,000 is the maximum allowed by Government guidelines, it will be the lowest attendance at Stamford Bridge in our history. Our smallest recorded home crowd for a competitive game was 3,000 against Lincoln City in 1906 in Division Two.
 
Frank Lampard’s side are looking to extend our unbeaten run (excluding penalty shoot-outs) to 16 games in all competitions since our defeat to Liverpool on 20 September when we played the last 50 minutes with 10 men.

Since the Liverpool defeat, we are unbeaten in eight Premier League matches (four wins, four draws), with only Tottenham on a longer current run in the competition (nine).

Chelsea have won eight and drawn two of our past 11 home Premier League matches since losing 2-0 to Manchester United in February.

The Blues have lost just one of our past 57 home Premier League games against newly-promoted sides (a 0-1 defeat to Bournemouth in December 2015).

Frank Lampard’s side have yet to lose when his side were leading this season.

Olivier Giroud’s four-goal haul against Sevilla took him to 13 goals in 1,072 minutes since Project Restart – a goal every 82 minutes.

Edouard Mendy is leading the race for the Premier League Golden Glove with five clean sheets, closely followed by Rui Patricio, Lukasz Fabianski, Hugo Lloris, Emiliano Martinez, Alex McCarthy and Leeds' Illan Meslier.

Premier League scorers

Werner 4, Abraham 3, Jorginho 3 (3 pens), Zouma 3, Chilwell 2, Havertz 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Mount 1, Thiago Silva 1, Ziyech 1, own-goals 1

Milestones

The following Chelsea milestones could be reached against Leeds

Reece James – 50th appearance in all competitions
Mateo Kovacic - 50th Premier League start
Emerson - 50th start in all competitions

Against Sevilla the following milestones were achieved

Jorginho - 100th start in all competitions
Olivier Giroud – 50th start in all competitions


Leeds stats

Last season
Championship:  Winners
FA Cup:  Third round
League Cup:  Second round
Top scorer all competitions: Patrick Bamford 16
 
This season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Six on 10
Most goals: Bamford 7, Klich 2, Costa 2
Most assists: Harrison 3, Klich 3, Costa 2
Most clean sheets: Meslier 4
 
Ayling, Bamford, Dallas, Klich, Koch and Meslier have started every one of Leeds United’s 10 Premier League games this season.
 
Leeds have won three (Sheffield Utd, Aston Villa and Everton) of their five away matches, having won just three in total when they were last in the Premier League in 2003/04. The other two were defeats at Liverpool and Crystal Palace.

Since Marcelo Bielsa took charge of Leeds in 2018, Leeds have kept 42 clean sheets in 102 league games - more than any other side in England's top four divisions.

Leeds United have created more chances from open play (103) than any other team in the Premier League so far this season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have had 100 shots in total in their five league games against Everton, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Wolves and Manchester City.

Leeds have won one of their last 21 away league games against London sides, beating QPR 3-1 in December 2017.

Full-back Luke Ayling has made more tackles than any other defender in the Premier League this season (30). 

Patrick Bamford was a Chelsea player between 2012 and 2017 and although he didn’t play in our first team he did make 133 appearances and scored 48 goals combined for six clubs (MK Dons, Derby, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Burnley) on loan, before moving to Middlesbrough on a permanent deal in January 2017.

Only Son Heung-min and Jamie Vardy (both seven) have scored more away Premier League goals than Patrick Bamford this season, with six of his seven strikes in the competition so far coming on the road.

Leeds Premier League scorers

Bamford 7, Klich 2 (1 pen), Costa 2, Dallas 1, Harrison 1, Raphinha 1, Rodrigo 1

Marcelo Bielsa has a 54.1 per cent win record, which is better than Don Revie (53.2 per cent) and any other Leeds manager.

He has never faced Chelsea before.

Leeds' last Premier League game

Leeds were unchanged from their previous game against Arsenal.

Saturday 28 November
Everton 0 Leeds 1
Team 4-4-1-1: Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Cooper (c), Dallas; Raphinha (Poveda 85), Klich, Phillips, Alioski; Harrison (Costa 89); Bamford (Rodrigo 90+1)
Scorer: Raphinha 79

Who moved to Leeds in the summer

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Helder Costa - Wolves
Cody Drameh - Fulham
Joe Gelhardt - Wigan
Sam Greenwood - Arsenal
Jack Harrison - Man City, loan
Robin Koch - Freiburg
Diego Llorente - Real Sociedad
Illan Meslier - Lorient
Rodrigo Moreno - Valencia
Raphinha - Rennes
Crysencio Summerville - Feyenoord

Discipline

There are no suspensions

In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one match suspension in the competition.

Premier League bookings list

Chelsea: James 2, Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Chilwell 1, Christensen 1, Havertz 1, Kante 1, Mount 1, Ziyech 1, Zouma 1

Leeds: Cooper 3, Dallas 3, Klich 3, Phillips 3, Ayling 2, Bamford 1, Struijk 1

Referee and VAR

Referee: Kevin Friend
VAR: Michael Oliver
 
Kevin Friend is the official for a Chelsea game for the first time this season. His three Blues matches in 2019/20 were all wins at the Bridge against Watford, Everton and Burnley.

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