Chelsea vs Leeds: Video highlights, analysis, odds, prediction


Chelsea vs Leeds: The Blues bounced back from an unexpected hiccup last weekend, but Marcelo Bielsa and Co. gave them a scare at Stamford Bridge. on Saturday (Watch live at 10 am ET, on Peacock Premium).


The Blues needed to get back on track after some shoddy defensive displays, while Leeds are scrapping at the wrong end of the table as injuries hit him hard.

There is no love lost between Chelsea and Leeds historically, and this was an intense tactical battle between Thomas Tuchel and Marcelo Bielsa on the sidelines, let alone among the players on the pitch and the fans in the stands.

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Here is everything you need from Chelsea vs Leeds as this five-goal thriller had it all.

Chelsea vs Leeds, live analysis! – By Joe Prince-Wright at Stamford Bridge

Analysis and reaction from players and managers on the way…

Thomas Tuchel admits that Chelsea were ‘lucky’ to win but praises their fighting spirit. Tuchel loved the ‘intense’ clash and called the comebacks from 1-0 and 2-1 down to win ‘impressive’ as the Chelsea boss seems happy enough.

Marcelo Bielsa believes Leeds deserved a draw, at least, for their performance. You can’t really argue with that. He adds that this display gives Leeds hope heading into a more winnable run of fixtures coming up. “We recovered the version of our team that allows us to compete with the best.”

Here are my thoughts from the press box here at Stamford Bridge.

FULL TIME: That was not pretty, but Chelsea get the win that keeps them in the title hunt. That is harsh on Leeds, who probably deserved a point. Huge brawl at the final whistle too. Mayhem.

GOALL!!! Another penalty kick as Klich caught Rudiger in the box and Jorginho slots home his second penalty of the game to put Chelsea 3-2 up. Wild scenes here at the Bridge in the 94th minute. This game has had it all.

GOALLLL! Leeds equalize with seven minutes to go. The substitute Joe Gelhardt taps home. What a cross from Tyler Roberts. Leeds deserve that equalizer! 2-2.

Leeds having a real go here after going behind. Raphinha and Roberts go close, and Chelsea are struggling to create chances or get the ball.

“You’re not singing anymore!” is the chant from the Chelsea fans to the Leeds supporters. Getting lively here on the pitch and in the stands.

PENALTY KICK, GOAL! Rudiger wants a penalty kick after Raphinha caught him as he lunged in, and after a VAR check, referee Chris Kavanagh awards a spot kick. Jorginho sends Meslier the wrong way. 2-1 to Chelsea!

Bright start to the second half here at Chelsea. Leeds pushing to go back ahead. Dan James got free, but Thiago Silva got his angles correct to cut out the danger. He used all of his experience there.

HALF TIME: What an open, entertaining game here at Chelsea. Leeds needed that half time whistle to blow, as Chelsea were well on top after falling behind. 1-1. Game on!

SAVE! Right on half time Chelsea almost took the lead, as Kai Havertz was played in but Illan Meslier did well to save with his feet. Chelsea have finally got going.

Chelsea’s players look rattled after that Leeds goal, and Reece James launched into a tackle that could have earned him more than a yellow card. Frustration in the air here at Stamford Bridge.

GOALLLL! Leeds are ahead. Marcos Alonso took out Daniel James with a silly lunging tackle in the box and Raphinha calmly slotted home the penalty. A quick VAR check confirmed the decision on the pitch. Leeds actually deserve the lead.

Raphinha almost catches out Mendy with a cheeky free kick to the near post, but the Chelsea goalkeeper saves well.

Lively start in the rain here in London (I know, you’re shocked it’s raining here too…) as Leeds have gone close through Raphinha, while Timo Werner is causing Luke Ayling plenty of problems. No big chances yet, though.

Hello from west London! Thank you for joining me on this rather pleasant early December afternoon in England’s capital city. So, what on earth are we going to see from Chelsea today?

Plenty of goals in their recent games, and plenty of defensive mistakes too which is very unlike them under Thomas Tuchel. Marcelo Bielsa is missing some key players, but there is a whiff of an upset in the air here…

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup (INJURY REPORT)

OUT: N’Golo Kante (knee), Ben Chilwell (knee) (knee), Mateo Kovacic (hamstring), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring)

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup

OUT: Robin Koch (illness), Patrick Bamford (ankle), Kalvin Phillips (thigh), Rodrigo (heel), Liam Cooper (hamstring), Pascal Struijk (hip)


The 3-2 defeat to West Ham United came as a bit of a surprise given that Chelsea were unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games, though not completely out of nowhere after slumping to disappointing 1-1 draws against Burnley and Manchester United. With seven points dropped across their last five fixtures, Chelsea’s three-point lead atop the Premier League table has disappeared, as they find themselves 3rd, two points back of Manchester City and one behind Liverpool, heading into matchweek 16. Notably, the clean sheets have been harder to come by during the downturn, with just one in five games compared to seven in their first 10 games.

As for Leeds, things are beginning to turn around after six games without a victory to start the season, but is it happening quickly enough for Bielsa to avoid serious scrutiny and questions about his continued employment? While they have lost only one of their last seven Premier League games, they have also only won two during that same period. Furthermore, the performances have been all over the board, ranging from terrible defending with gung-ho attacking, to risk-averse defending and hardly a peep going forward. Leeds are a side currently without an identity, and a whole host of key first-choice players.

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

Chelsea (-400) | Leeds (+1000) | Draw (+450)

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Prediction – Chelsea vs Leeds

The opening 15 minutes will reveal quite a lot. Leeds will likely be quick out of the starting gate, while Chelsea look to get a stranglehold through possession and quick pressing. Advantage to Chelsea, because that’s right where they want Leeds. Chelsea 2-0 Leeds.

How to watch Chelsea vs Leeds, stream live and start time

Kickoff: 10 am Saturday
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

USMNT projected starting lineup vs Saudi Arabia


The USMNT face Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain in their final warm-up game before the 2022 World Cup kicks off in November and there are plenty of question marks around their best starting lineup.

Especially at center back and up front.

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Following the shocking defeat to Japan (where a 2-0 scoreline in Japan’s favor heavily flattered the USMNT), Gregg Berhalter has plenty to think about as he juggles his roster around ahead of this final audition.

Yes, this final camp before the World Cup has seen the USMNT without six key players (Weah, Steffen, A. Robinson, Carter-Vickers, Richards and Musah) but the most concerning thing is that nobody took the opportunity given to them against Japan. Will anybody step up against Saudi Arabia and cement their spot in the roster, or even the starting lineup?

Below is our projected lineup, plus analysis on what Berhalter should do for the final 90 minutes he has with the team before they kick off their World Cup campaign against Wales on Nov. 21 in Qatar.

USMNT projected starting lineup vs Saudi Arabia (4-3-3)

—– Horvath —–

— Scally — Zimmerman — Palmer-Brown — Dest —

—- Adams —- McKennie —-

—- Reyna —-

— Aaronson — Pepi — Pulisic —

What should Berhalter do?

It’s clear that Gregg Berhalter will make plenty of changes as eight players (six outfield, two goalkeepers) didn’t have any minutes against Japan last time out. That said, he needs key players on this team to find some rhythm playing together less than two months before the World Cup kicks off. This starting lineup should be a mixture between giving players a final chance to impress and letting star players alongside each other as they look to build momentum ahead of the World Cup.


Matt Turner proved he’s the undisputed No. 1 as he excelled against Japan (perhaps the only player to leave that game with any credit) and although Zack Steffen is better with the ball at his feet, Turner appears to have the upper-hand. That leaves Ethan Horvath and Sean Johnson to battle it out for the final goalkeeping spot on the roster. Expect them both to get a chance in this game.


In defense, Erik Palmer-Brown and Mark McKenzie should both get plenty of minutes to make their final claim for a spot on the roster but it may be a surprise to see them line up together. Perhaps they will have 45 minutes each alongside Zimmerman (a guaranteed starter at CB) to see who fares better as a duo?

At full back Joe Scally should get a run out at right back, while Sergino Dest will likely show off his versatility and play left back. The likes of Dest, and others, need the game time given they’re on the fringes of their starting lineup for their club teams. We now what DeAndre Yedlin can do and he is a leader on this team who is going to Qatar no matter what.


In midfield, I’d start Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie together again. They looked awful against Japan which was very surprising. This duo have to get some kind of partnership going and 60 minutes together here could see things click back into place for them. We know what Luca de la Torre and Kellyn Acosta offer, while Johnny Cardoso and Malik Tillman could both get another, longer, chance to push for a spot on the roster.


Gio Reyna playing in a central role as a No. 10 should be something Berhalter prioritizes, while Christian Pulisic is fit and will start (according to Berhalter) so he should start on the left and Brenden Aaronson should start on the right. Getting Aaronson, Reyna and Pulisic used to playing together and interchanging is something that has to be done.

Up top, Berhalter has confirmed that Ricardo Pepi will get his chance to start and his physicality and speed should combine very well with the trio underneath him. Expect Josh Sargent to get a good chunk of minutes too, while Jesus Ferreira is the other option up top but maybe we could see Pulisic or Reyna playing up there as a false nine at some point of the game?

Ranking the 2022 World Cup kits


With the 2022 World Cup fast approaching, plenty of World Cup kits are starting to be released and there are some intriguing looks.

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From Mexico’s snazzy away number to Germany going for a solid new look for their home kit and Puma rolling out a very specific and similar look for their national teams, just like they did for their club teams on their away kits, there is a lot to unpack here.

When November rolls around and the World Cup kicks off, which one of these jerseys will you be wearing with pride? And which one will you be wearing because it looks really cool?

Below is our rankings of the World Cup kits which have been released.

Ranking the 2022 World Cup kits

1. Mexico

This is a lovely away kit and will become a classic. Expect these beauties to fly off the shelves and be a jersey that neutrals love just as much as El Tri fans. The home kit is very decent too.

2. Portugal

Absolutely sensational work. The home kit is unique enough but still sticks to Portugal’s bold colors, while the away kit is a classic too.

3. Poland

Oh, wow. This is absolutely beautiful. The away shirt is majestic and the home shirt is classic but with some intriguing detail on the sleeves. Nicely done.

4. Japan

Well, this is another classic. Japan’s home kit is inspired by anime and the design is bold and recognizable. The away kit is fantastic too, especially the long-sleeved version.

5. France

The home and away kits are both lovely and the colors just work together. Well done.

6. Argentina

The home kit is classic. You can’t really mess up the blue and white stripes. Again, another lovely away kit. The purple is perfect and this just looks slick and silky. Much like Lionel Messi’s footwork.

7. Wales

These are beautiful. The right color red on the home shirt and just enough going on without overdoing it. The away shirt is also bold and the collar is lovely. Well done.

8. Brazil

Home kit looks like a classic and the away shirt is pretty decent too, but some people may not like the funky print on the shoulders.

9. England

The blue panels on the home kit are a bit meh but the away kit is a retro beauty.

10. Croatia

They kind of ruined a classic with the home kit. It’s still cool but only having the checkered design on part of the home shirt is weird. The away kit is majestic.

11. Saudi Arabia

Pretty nice designs here. They could have gone with the plain white for the home and plain green for the away, but the snazzy designs work. Especially for the away kit.

12. Netherlands

The home shirt looks kind of velvety? Not the usual bright orange, which will upset some. The blue away kit is sleek and the real winner here.

13. Senegal

This is the best of the Puma jerseys, as Senegal’s away kit is very distinctive and the green is lovely. This big panel on the middle of the kit is something we will get used to seeing a lot of during the World Cup.

14. Ghana

Again, another Puma away kit but this Ghana shirt has plenty of personality.

15. Germany

This is fine. Expect a bit better from Die Mannschaft and it feels like they should have an all white jersey for their home kit.

16. Qatar

The hosts have a simple, clean look. The away shirt has a nice golden pattern on it. Not bad.

17. USA

The home shirt has not been received well by fans, and some players, for being too boring. But the away shirt is pretty nice.

18. Morocco

A bit plain, but like the collar and sleeve trims and the circular pattern around the middle is very cool.

19. Spain

Eh, this could have been so much better. Spain’s home kit looks bland and the away kit is just too much with that pattern.

20. Australia

Not quite sure what to make of this. The same velvety style as the Netherlands home shirt on Australia’s home shirt. Just doesn’t work. The away kit is also just very bland.

21. Belgium

These home kits are just a little too plain and the flame pattern on the shoulder isn’t great and looks like a shirt I’d wear to my midweek bowling league. A missed opportunity. The same applies for the away kit. Belgium’s golden generation won’t look golden this World Cup.

22. Uruguay

Again, another Puma away kit which looks very similar. Uruguay’s iconic sky blue could have been used a lot better on this away shirt.

23. Serbia

Lovely gold in the design and makes the white away kit pop a little.

24. Switzerland

Just very bland. Not a lot going on and the panel in the middle is just a bit of an eyesore.

World Cup 2022 rankings: Who are the favorites?


With less than two months to go until it all kicks off, it is time to update and release the latest 2022 World Cup rankings.

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There are a few clear favorites to win the trophy in Qatar but some of the giants have been handed tougher group stage draws than others which will obviously impact their chances of lifting the famous trophy.

Given that some of the favorites have also been struggling in recent Nations League games and friendlies with plenty of heavy defeats and strange results, there remains no real frontrunner to win the tournament. That is great news for neutrals.

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Keep an eye out on a few underdogs too, as there are some real opportunities which have opened up depending on what side of the bracket you’re on.

We will updates these rankings before and during the tournament in Qatar, which takes place from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

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Let us know what you think of the rankings below.

Schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
Group stage game kick off times: 5am, 8am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
Location: Qatar
TV channel in EnglishFox
TV channel in Spanish: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock

World Cup Rankings – September 26, 2022

32. Tunisia – Down 1
31. Qatar – Down 4
30. Australia – Up 2
29. Ghana – Even
28. Cameroon – Down 3

27. Saudi Arabia – Up 1
26. Costa Rica – Up 4
25. Wales – Down 5
24. Iran – Even
23. Ecuador – Down 5

22. Morocco – Even
21. Canada – Up 2
20. USA – Down 4
19. Japan – Up 7
18. Poland – Up 3

17. Mexico – Up 2
16. South Korea – Down 1
15. Uruguay – Down 5
14. Serbia – Up 3
13. Senegal – Down 1

12. Switzerland – Up 1
11. Croatia – Up 3
10. Denmark – Up 1
9. England – Down 3
8. Germany – Down 3
7. Spain – Even

6. Netherlands – Up 3
5. Portugal – Up 3
4. France – Even
3. Belgium – Down 1
2. Argentina – Up 1
1. Brazil – Even

UEFA Nations League: Schedule, how to watch, stream, TV, standings


UEFA Nations League champions France will not go back-to-back, and Portugal is behind Spain in its bid to return to the throne room, highlighting the odds that a new Nations League winner will be crowned at the end of third edition of the tournament.

England and Wales are also coming to terms with the concept of relegation to UEFA Nations League B after underwhelming campaigns. Hungary look set to reach the semifinal round, which is a huge surprise as they faced Germany, England and Italy in A3.

France lost to Denmark and just remained in League A as Austria were relegated, with Croatia pipping the Danes to a place in the semifinal round.

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Group A4 is the opposite sort of fight, Belgium and the Netherlands have both played very well but the Dutch triumphed down the stretch (thanks to a 1-0 win as Virgil van Dijk scored the lone goal in Amsterdam) to advance to the semifinal round.

UEFA Nations Leagues B, C, and D also have drama built into the final days as Ukraine and Scotland are jockeying for promotion in B1; Russia’s punishment has left B2 promotion open to Israel, Iceland, and Albania. B4 sees Erling Haaland, Martin Odegaard, and Norway fighting to join League A for the next cycle.

There’s also drama as Kazakhstan and Georgia currently lead their League C groups, with Latvia and Estonia in League D’s best spots.

UEFA Nations League live: How to watch, stream links

When: June 1, 2022 – March 26, 2024
How to watch: Fox Sports Live, Fubo TV

UEFA Nations League A, Group 1

Croatia– 4-1-1, 13 pts [ADVANCED]
Denmark — 4-0-2, 12 pts
France — 1-2-3, 5 pts
Austria — 1-1-4, 4 pts [RELEGATED]

Next fixtures

France 2-0 Austria
Croatia 2-1 Denmark

Denmark 2-0 France
Austria 1-3 Croatia

UEFA Nations League A, Group 2

Portugal — 3-1-1, 10 pts
Spain — 2-2-0, 8 pts
Switzerland — 2-0-3, 6 pts
Czech Republic — 1-1-3, 4 pts

Next fixtures

Czech Republic 0-4 Portugal
Spain 1-2 Switzerland

Portugal vs Spain
Switzerland vs Czech Republic

UEFA Nations League A, Group 3

Hungary — 3-1-1, 10 pts
Italy — 2-2-1, 8 pts
Germany — 1-3-1, 6 pts
England — 0-2-3, 2 pts [RELEGATED]

Next fixtures

Italy 1-0 England
Germany 0-1 Hungary

England vs Germany
Hungary vs Italy

UEFA Nations League A, Group 4

Netherlands — 5-1-0, 16 pts [ADVANCED]
Belgium — 3-1-2, 10 pts
Poland — 2-1-3, 7 pts
Wales — 0-1-5, 1 pt [RELEGATED]

Next fixtures

Poland 0-2 Netherlands
Belgium 2-1 Wales

Netherlands 1-0 Belgium
Wales 0-1 Poland