Chelsea – Leeds: Live analysis, how to watch, videos

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Chelsea – Leeds was played in front of 2,000 Blues fans at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (Watch live at 3 pm ET, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), as Frank Lampard and Co., went top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 victory over Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites.

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Saturday’s showdown at the Bridge was the first time a limited number of Chelsea fans saw their side in-person since the 2019-20 season shutdown in March. Stamford Bridge will be one of 10 stadiums — five of which will host fixtures this weekend — to welcome spectators back inside the ground.

Our own Joe Prince-Wright is on-site to see the game and will report back on the atmosphere and the action on and off the pitch.

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Here is everything you need to know for Chelsea – Leeds this Saturday with team news, odds, stream link and more.


Live analysis from Joe Prince-Wright, on-site at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea – Leeds


Analysis: It was wonderful to be at Stamford Bridge as a small sliver of normality returned. Uplifting to have 2,000 fans and great to have a superb game to watch. Thanks for joining me, you lovely souls, and I’ll speak to you from a stadium over here soon.


Post-game reaction from Stamford Bridge: Frank Lampard says he will maybe have a ‘large glass of wine’ and enjoyed hearing Chelsea’s fans sing ‘we are top of the league’ at the end.

Frank Lampard confirms that Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech has injured his hamstring, and had this to say about them being top: “It’s early December and there’s a long way to go. But we are a progression. When you bring in new players, have young players and you’re trying to integrate… Whether it’s this season we get to the heights we want, I don’t know. But we are moving in the right direction. I’m really pleased. It’s work on the training ground and staff behind the scenes. At our level, at Chelsea, people will always question us. Our job is to not get caught up in the chat. We have to keep our feet on the ground. There’s a long, long way to go. At the minute we’re in a patch.”

Olivier Giroud, with his perfectly manicured beard, talking to Sky Sports: “Well, we really wanted to win for [the fans] and carry on the good momentum. Honestly, we were not surprised to face this team because we knew their qualities. We conceded early and wanted to bounce back straight away. They [Leeds] were one of the best teams I have faced since a few months. Physically they run everywhere. It was so hard. It’s a great feeling to win tonight and they drew against Man City and lost just to Liverpool. They really impress me. They are a good team.”

Marcelo Bielsa says fans ‘had an influence’ on the game and it is hard to argue with him. He also said Chelsea are ‘an important team’ as Chelsea went top of the table with that win.


SCENES AT STAMFORD BRIDGE. FANS. CELEBRATING: Lovely, lovely scenes at the full time whistle. Lampard and Silva lead the celebrations.

Soak this in, Chelsea fans. ‘One. Step. Beyonddddd’


GOALLLL! USMNT’s Christian Pulisic has his first Premier League goal of the season, scoring in stoppage time to seal the 3-1 win. Chelsea top of the table!


4 minutes stoppage time: Chelsea being roared over the finish line by their fans. Reece James just made a great tackle and clearance. Home advantage has returned.


Sub, 80th minute: Giroud gets a huge ovation from the fans, and his teammates, as he leaves the pitch after another goal and great all-round center forward display.


74th minute: Chelsea should be so far ahead here. Giroud (twice) and Werner should have scored. They could have scored six. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s fans continue to taunt Ayling and Llorente mercilessly.


62nd minute: GOALLL! Zouma heads home moments after Werner and Mount were denied by great blocks. Chelsea deserve this lead.


57th minute: Raphinha has a shot from a corner blocked and then blazes the rebound over. He should score there. Moments later Harrison comes off and Ayling tells him to walk instead of run to give Leeds a rest. Llorente is now being heckled by the fans after going down easily and yelling out.


52nd minute: Leeds still look lively on the break, but Pulisic wriggles free. The USMNT star has a shot deflected and it is easily saved. The crowd are really getting into this now.


50th minute: Fairly quiet start to the second half. Aside from Raphinha going down under very little contact right by the Chelsea fans. Let’s just say they gave the Leeds winger ‘a piece of their mind’ as the boos rang down.


Half time: Really good first half here at Stamford Bridge. Leeds dangerous and took the lead via Bamford’s cool finish, but Chelsea have had so many chances and should be ahead. Olivier Giroud made it 1-1, and he is on fire.

So, so nice to have fans back inside the stadiums. We’ve had banter chucked at the Leeds players, a goal wildly celebrated, the usual repertoire of chants and even though there are only 2,000 fans, it sounds and feels like a lot more!


Sub: Christian Pulisic is on! Moments after the goal is scored, Hakim Ziyech goes down with a hamstring injury. Big blow for Chelsea. USMNT fans will be happy to see Pulisic come off the bench and play for over an hour.


26th minute: GOALLL! Chelsea level. They deserve that. Giroud flicks home at the near post. He can’t stop scoring. The crowd here goes wild. 1-1. First goal Chelsea’s fans have seen in person since March 8.


15th minute: There was an announcement asking fans to sit down and stop standing persistently, as that is part of the COVID-19 protocols allowing fans back into stadiums.


9th minute: HOW!? Just how has that not gone in. Timo Werner somehow clears a flicked effort which is going in, for Chelsea, off the line and he then hits the crossbar from a yard out with the rebound. Meslier is then getting some abuse from the Chelsea fan behind the goal, as they claim his mom doesn’t love him. Bit harsh. But the players can hear every bit of banter now, and it feels sort of like a small high school football match.


3rd minute: GOALLL! Leeds 1-0 up. Kalvin Phillips is free down the left and plays a great ball to former Chelsea academy star Patrick Bamford who rounds Edouard Mendy and slots home. Hmmm. The home fans have gone quiet as Leeds’ players celebrate in the far corner.


2nd minute: Wow. What a start. With 40 seconds on the clock, Hakim Ziyech has a shot saved at the near post. Moments later Giroud nods inches wide. Great start for Chelsea.


Kick off: This has been lovely. Chants from the Chelsea fans for their players. Boos for the Leeds players. They are making a lot of noise.


Pre-game shenanigans: Hello from the Bridge, where there is a real buzz in the air. Fans are back for the first time in nine months, and my goodness, it is great to have some atmosphere in these famous stadiums. 2,000 lucky Chelsea fans have tickets to see this, and this is probably the game of the weekend for the neutral as both teams love to but on a show. I’ll keep you updated from here at Stamford Bridge on this emotional day! Fans! We have them!


Pre-game stats: Chelsea have done well to sit third in the Premier League table, two points back of leaders Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, after 10 games — Lampard’s side is unbeaten in its last eight league games, since losing to the Reds on matchweek 2, though they have drawn as many games (4) as they have won during that period. 12th-place Leeds, meanwhile, have already endured a wild roller-coaster start to the campaign — as many losses and wins (4 each) as games in which they conceded three or more goals (they have conceded four goals three times already).


Team news: Chelsea – Leeds (INJURY REPORT)


What they’re saying: Chelsea – Leeds

Frank Lampard, on squad rotation: “I said it at the start of the season to the players. Most of the big teams in the Premier League have big squads. For example, Tottenham had (Gareth) Bale on the bench at the weekend and Dele Alli wasn’t there. It has to be seen as a strength not a weakness. It has to be seen as a strength when players are not playing a lot. … I have to leave out four or five players per game. If I speak about all the permutations of all of them and considered the risk of it, then I wouldn’t be able to make a decision or do the job.”

Marcelo Bielsa, on summer signing Raphinha: “He’s adapted very quickly to the Premier League. Victor Orta anticipated that he had the characteristics to play in this league, so he was correct in choosing him. He, of course, is a player who worries the opposing defense.”


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Chelsea (-189) | Leeds (+325) | Draw (+475)

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Prediction: Chelsea – Leeds

Chelsea struggled to create scoring chances against an organized, deep-sitting Tottenham side last weekend, which is good news for the Blues because Leeds will do anything and everything but defend deep in their own half. Provided Chelsea can play their way through the middle-third pressure — or, simply target Timo Werner in the channels over and over again — they’ll find far more jot in the final third this week. Chelsea 3-2 Leeds.


How to watch Chelsea – Leeds: stream and start time

Kickoff: 3 pm ET Saturday
TV: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com

Manchester United vs Leeds, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream, videos

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Manchester United welcomes Leeds to Old Trafford on Wednesday as a stung foe heads to Manchester days after a managerial change (watch live, 3pm ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

Leeds fired Jesse Marsch on Monday, and fellow American boss Chris Armas will be among the men guiding the club as it seeks a new boss and a way out of the relegation scrap.

Marsch helped Leeds bound out of the bottom three last season but the club has struggled of late and enters this Premier League midweek match in 17th only by virtue of tiebreakers.

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Man United, meanwhile, has won four-straight across all competitions ahead of two-straight matches against Leeds (the second, at Elland Road, is Sunday).

The Red Devils can pull level with second-place Man City on points with a win on Tuesday

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester United vs Leeds.

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How to watch Manchester United vs Leeds live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET, Wednesday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & star players

Marcus Rashford had scored in six of United’s last seven Premier League matches and he’s zipped up the PL goals list as one of just six players with at least 10 goals this season.

One player Rashford is likely to pass is fellow 10-goal man Rodrigo, who will not play for Leeds. The visitors will be looking to new signings Georginio Rutter and Weston McKennie to help lead the way, while Wilfried Gnonto and Jack Harrison seem likely to keep pestering opponents with pace.


Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Antony (lower leg). OUT: Mason Greenwood (suspension), Anthony Martial (undisclosed), Scott McTominay (other), Casemiro (suspension), Christian Eriksen (ankle), Donny van de Beek (knee)

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Sonny Perkins (ankle). OUT: Stuart Dallas (thigh), Adam Forshaw (groin), Archie Gray (ankle), Rodrigo (ankle/foot)

Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League is back with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.


Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

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Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle, while Liverpool is struggling to stay in the Champions League scrap. Chelsea has some work to do while surprising Fulham, Brentford and Brighton are hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns.


Who are the candidates for relegation?

Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton currently occupy the relegation places.

But Leicester, West Ham, Wolves, and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three after a topsy-turvy season so far.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – February 5

Premier League schedule
NBC’s Premier League scoreboard page


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Southampton vs Wolves: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Southampton host Wolves in a huge relegation six-pointer in the Premier League and all of the pressure is on the hosts.

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After a dreadful run of form which has seen new manager Nathan Jones lose six of his first seven Premier League games in charge, including a 3-0 drubbing at Brentford last week, Southampton sit bottom of the table. However, they are just three points from safety and badly need a win to unite their fanbase, players and coaching staff.

Wolves are looking so much better under new manager Julen Lopetegui as they hammered Liverpool 3-0 last time out to move further away from the bottom three. Lopetegui has won three of his six Premier League games in charge but they remain just two points off the relegation zone.

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Here’s everything you need for Southampton vs Wolves.


How to watch Southampton vs Wolves live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & in-form players to watch

Saints are in freefall and if they lose this game it feels like Nathan Jones will lose his job. The Welsh coach went on a bizarre rant following their shellacking at Brentford and said he has pandered to others and hasn’t done his job properly ever since he arrived at Southampton in November. The owners are backing him, for now, but in midweek they admitted results have to improve. After spending big on deadline day to bring in forwards Paul Onuachu and Kamaldeen Sulemana, now is the time for Southampton to drag themselves off the bottom. If not, they could have a third manager of the season very soon.

Wolves were brilliant against Liverpool and have found a great system for the players they have with the 4-4-2 working wonders. Lopetegui is famed for having a solid foundation defensively but the big change has been Wolves being much better on the counter and finally finishing off chances. After bringing in Sarabia, Cunha, Lemina and Dawson in January they have added experience and quality in key areas and it seems to have given the entire club a lift.


Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

Kyle Walker-Peters should be fully fit after a recent hamstring issue, while Alex McCarthy remains a doubt and Valentino Livramento and Juan Larios are definitely out. Onuachu and Sulemana should start, while Nathan Jones has favored a 3-5-2 formation in recent weeks so it will be intriguing to see if he persists with that despite fan unrest towards his tactics.

Wolves team news, injuries, lineup options

Chiquinho, Sasa Kalajdzic and Boubacar Traore remain out, while Pedro Neto will miss this game. Mario Lemina is a doubt, while Hwang Hee-chan is out after suffering a thigh injury. Adama Traore, Daniel Podence and Joao Moutinho could come into the starting lineup given these injuries.



 

West Ham vs Chelsea: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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West Ham host Chelsea on Saturday in a massive London derby as both teams aim to kick-start their respective campaigns.

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The Hammers have improved in recent weeks as they beat Everton and drew at Newcastle last time out. David Moyes’ men are still hovering just above the relegation zone but it looks like they will now kick on in the second half of the season and they usually fare well against their bitter London rivals Chelsea.

As for the Blues, they have won just once in their last six Premier League games but they are becoming very tough to beat, and score against, under Graham Potter. Three shutouts in a row have them on a three-game unbeaten run and now they have all of their January additions on board, expect Chelsea to climb closer to the top four.

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Here’s everything you need for West Ham vs Chelsea.


How to watch West Ham vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 7:30am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & in-form players to watch

The Hammers are slowly getting back to their best and Nayef Aguerd has been in fine form at center back and is now fully fit after arriving in the summer. Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta and Michail Antonio have been among the goals in recent games and there is a menacing look to West Ham on the counter.

Chelsea’s new signing Enzo Fernandez made a great impact on his debut against Fulham last time out, while Badiashile has also impressed at center back, while Mudryk and Madueke are both getting up to speed on the wing. Joao Felix will finally be available again after he missed the last three games due to his red card on debut.


West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

Kurt Zouma (thigh) and Maxwel Cornet (calf) remain out, while Gianluca Scamacca is battling back from a knee injury. Alphonse Areola and Thilo Kehrer are struggling with hamstring issues. It will be intriguing to see if Moyes starts with January signing Danny Ings up top in this game or if he continues with Michail Antonio as the focal point.

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja remain out, while Wesley Fofana and Mateo Kovacic are close to being available. Denis Zakaria and Edouard Mendy are out too, but Joao Felix is back from suspension which gives Potter a very lively option up top and it would be no surprise if the Portuguese stars starts this game.