Seven Chelsea players who started the Club World Cup loss to Corinthians in Japan on Sunday shook off their jet lag to line-up in the Capital One Cup quarter-final against Leeds tonight.
Only substitutes Ashley Cole and Eden Hazard and the suspended Gary Cahill and Ramires failed to make the cut, with the likes of Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres joined in the starting 11 by starting debutant Marko Marin.
Leeds made three changes to their side from the one which beat Ipswich 2-0 on Saturday, with regular cup goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown starting in place of PaddyKenny and Jason Pearce and Michael Brown taking the field instead of Alan Tate and David Norris.
It's been reported that the Dubai-based company that wants to buy Leeds United has invested £2m in the club this summer. There are further claims that figure could actually be nearer £6m.
The transfer of £2m is understood to have taken place during the summer when Leeds were rebuilding their squad and talks between the board at Elland Road and GFH Capital ( a private equity firm owned by a Bahraini investment bank) were gathering speed.
For almost 5 months now United have been in negotiations with GFH Capital over a £52m buy-out of the club. Though speculations over the financial state of the parent company has raised concerns about the viability of the takeover.
Former England and Leeds United star Danny Mills will deliver a coaching masterclass at Elland Road later. Danny is looking for aspiring coaches to take part in the event which will combine mentoring sessions for those wanting to break into the football industry away from the playing side.
Advice on how to break into administration, community and media will all be on hand and eager coaches will benefit from FA accredited sessions. The event is part of a wider leadership programme, which aims at getting talented individuals working within the game at all levels.
Leeds United have won their High Court action over who should pay for policing of matches at their Elland Road stadium.Read the full story ›
Leeds United have won their High Court action over who should pay for policing of matches at their Elland Road stadium.
The Championship side asked for a decision on which of the services deployed by West Yorkshire Police for the last three seasons were special police services, and whether it was entitled to be repaid for services wrongly categorised.
The litigation involved policing in the extended footprint of land around the stadium which is not owned or leased by the club - who claimed this fell within the scope of a constable's normal common law obligations to maintain public order.
"More generally, it seems wrong to discount the majority of well-behaved fans who come to Elland Road, whether club supporters or visitors, all of whom retain their status as members of the public. In that capacity, they too are entitled to expect police protection. In any event, I consider that there would be insuperable difficulties in seeking to sub-divide people, in public highways and other spaces, when trying to assess to whose benefit such duties were carried out. They are intended to keep the Queen's peace in the interests of the general public."
A dispute over who should pay for policing of matches at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium will be decided today. The Championship side has asked London's High Court for a decision on which of the services deployed by West Yorkshire Police for the last three seasons were special police
services, whether it was entitled to be repaid for services it says were wrongly categorised. The litigation involves policing in the extended footprint of land around the stadium that is not owned or leased by the club. Earlier this month, Michael Beloff QC told Mr Justice Eady that the club was
content to pay for services within the stadium or on land privately owned, leased or controlled by it. But it claimed that policing on the public highway, on land not owned or controlled by it, for the purposes of maintaining public order, did not constitute special police services.
A bronze statue of the legendary former England and Leeds United manager Don Revie has been unveiled at Elland Road 40 years after the team last won the FA Cup
The 8ft (2.5m) statue by Barnsley sculptor Graham Ibbeson was revealed this morning by players from the 1972 cup-winning team.
Leeds United's players have swapped their strip for overalls and joined forces with the council to keep to the streets clean.Read the full story ›