Both sides hit the bar as Chelsea’s unbeaten run continued, but their push for a top-four finish took a minor hit in a 0-0 draw at Leeds.
Chelsea nearly took an early lead in unusual style as Luke Ayling’s clearance fired straight into Diego Llorente and back onto his own crossbar, shortly after Leeds had been denied an eighth-minute opener when Patrick Bamford was ruled just offside in teeing up Tyler Roberts to score.
The hosts struck the woodwork themselves when Roberts’ wonderful effort crashed off the goalframe thanks to a fingertip touch by Edouard Mendy.
The goalkeeper was again in fine form to readjust and keep out Raphinha’s close-range shot 10 minutes after half-time, while Kai Havertz and Antonio Rudiger tested Illan Meslier at the other end of the pitch.
But some wasteful Chelsea finishing, failing to beat the Frenchman despite registering seven shots on target, leaves them three points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham – who have played two games fewer than their London rivals.