Having got some difficult tests out the way early, Chelsea now head into a favourable run of games that starts away at Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.
With a 1-0 win at Everton to kick things off, and then a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge last weekend, the Blues will be looking to build on a strong start to the campaign.
They will of course be without head coach Thomas Tuchel after he was sent off in the tense affair with Spurs last time out. The German will watch on from the stands.
Chelsea’s opponents this weekend, Leeds, struggled last season as they survived relegation by the finest of margins. But this time around they’ve come out the blocks firing as they too have four points on the board after two games played.
It may not be as easy of a clash as many would expect then, especially given the match is at Elland Road, renowned for its loud and proud atmosphere. Leeds will look to spoil Chelsea’s party and so Thomas Tuchel’s side will need to be on good form come Sunday.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Leeds vs Chelsea, including all the team news, the kick-off time, what TV channel it’s on, and how to watch it live.
Is Leeds vs Chelsea on TV and how can I watch it?
Kicking off at 2pm on Sunday 21 August 2022, Leeds vs Chelsea is indeed on UK television as it will be the first game aired for the Sky Sports ‘Super Sunday’ coverage.
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with build-up and pre-match analysis starting at 1pm.
If you’re unable to tune in at 2pm on Sunday, highlights will be readily available on the Sky Sports app about 15-30 minutes after the final whistle, and then on the Sky Sports YouTube channel later in the day.
Highlights and analysis will also be on BBC Match of the Day 2, which will air on BBC One, Sunday 21 August at 10.30pm.
What is the team news ahead of Leeds vs Chelsea?
Chelsea have two key players unavailable for the clash, but other than that manager Thomas Tuchel has a fully fit squad to select from – despite having to sit in the stands due to a red card against Tottenham.
N’Golo Kante has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, with Chelsea manager Tuchel revealing the Frenchman is ‘feeling it pretty strongly’. He’s likely to leave a large void to fill given how important of a figure he’s been for so many seasons.
Fellow midfield man Mateo Kovacic is also set to miss out as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. Tuchel said: “Unfortunately, with his knee, there has been a reaction. We decided to take a step back to increase treatment time and reduce the stress that comes from training.”
Leeds meanwhile are suffering from a whole host of injury problems, just like they did last campaign.
Defensive quartet Stuart Dallas (thigh), Luke Ayling (knee), Junior Firpo (knee) and Liam Cooper (achilles) are all sidelined for the fixture, leaving manager Jesse Marsch very short of options.
Marsch says key player Patrick Bamford has been feeling a tightness in his adductor, and so he will face a late fitness test. Attacker Joe Gelhardt will also have a late assessment for a dead leg.
How to sign up to Sky Sports and Now TV
You’ll need a Sky subscription to watch Sky Sports and there are different options to choose from. For brand new customers you can get Sky TV and Sky Sports for £44 a month for 18 months instead of £51/month. The price includes a Netflix subscription and there’s a £20 setup fee.
If you’re a current Sky customer the cheapest option will cost you £15 extra a month in the 2 for 1 Football Channel Offer and is perfect for fans who only want football. If you want to go all out and have access to all 8 Sky Sports channels including Premier League, F1 and more then that will be an extra £25 a month on top of your current contract.
If you’re already in contract with another provider then you can also sign up to access Sky Sports through a Now TV membership. There are two options to choose from - a monthly subscription which is £33 a month, or a single day subscription which is £11.
On the Now TV website, it will show a sports membership and another option. A daily subscription grants you 24-hour access to 11 sky sports channels, whereas a monthly subscription will allow you to watch all Sky channels whenever you wish, on up to three devices at any given time.
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