Chelsea predicted lineup vs Leeds - Premier League

Tom Gott
Chelsea are in panic mode
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After an unconvincing run of form, Chelsea find themselves desperate for a win over Leeds to keep them ahead in the race for the top four.

Thomas Tuchel's men threw away a two-goal lead to draw with Wolves last time out but could still confirm their spot in next season's Champions League with a win here, assuming Tottenham fail to beat Arsenal in the north London derby on Thursday.

Here's how the boss could set up.

Chelsea predicted lineup vs Leeds (3-4-2-1)

Romelu Lukaku
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GK: Edouard Mendy - Just one clean sheet in the last five games speaks volumes of Chelsea's recent issues.

CB: Andreas Christensen - Was back on the bench at Wolves and will likely start over the visibly exhausted Cesar Azpilicueta. This spot should belong to Trevoh Chalobah, but Tuchel is seemingly determined not to play the youngster.

CB: Thiago Silva - Another exhausted defender, which only adds to the confusion around Chalobah.

CB: Antonio Rudiger - Tuchel's general has just four games left of his Chelsea career and won't want to go out on a sour note.

RM: Reece James - One of the best players in a Chelsea shirt this season and he didn't even play for half of it.

CM: Mateo Kovacic - Kovacic's defensive frailties were exposed against Wolves but his midfield creativity makes him too important to drop.

CM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek - Mystery injuries to Jorginho and N'Golo Kante make it hard to predict either will feature here.

LM: Christian Pulisic - Reports have suggested that Marcus Alonso may not play for Chelsea again after a clash with Tuchel. Ben Chilwell is injured and Saul Niguez hasn't been very good, and with limited defending on the cards here, Pulisic should be alright out on the left.

AM: Mason Mount - Rested against Wolves, expect Mount to return straight to the starting lineup.

AM: Kai Havertz - Havertz has been Chelsea's biggest goal threat for a while now and should start again here.

ST: Romelu Lukaku - Unfortunate that his two-goal haul against Wolves didn't lead to a win. Definitely deserves another start.