Preview - Chelsea vs Huddersfield 10 May 2018

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Match Day 37
Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town
Thursday, May 10th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.69
Average goals against per match: 0.94
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (12)

Huddersfield Town:
Last five matches form: L D W L D
Average goals per match: 0.75
Average goals against per match: 1.56
Top Scorer: Steve Mounie (7)

Big midweek action in the Premier League before the 2017/18 reaches its conclusion this coming weekend. Implications at the top and the bottom of the table as fifth placed Chelsea welcome fifth bottom Huddersfield Town to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea arrive in flying form having won each of their past five in all competitions. A 1-0 home win over Liverpool was essential at the weekend if they are to have any chance of reeling in Spurs in the race for fourth place, and Antonio Conté's men will be keen to keep the momentum going here.

Huddersfield similarly arrive on the back of an excellent result at the weekend, having picked up a most unexpected point when holding Manchester City to a goalless draw at the Etihad. Three points clear of the drop, one point from their remaining two fixtures would be enough to see the Terriers stay up.

Chelsea again go without Ethan Ampadu and David Luiz, whilst Alvaro Morata is also reportedly struggling.

Danny Williams and Elias Kachunga are the Huddersfield players definitely ruled out.

Having successfully parked the bus against Manchester City, Huddersfield will be hoping to repeat the dose here, however against a Chelsea side who simply must win, I fancy it may prove too tall an order.
It's the home side to win for me. The Blues won the reverse 3-1 and something similar may be on the cards.

 Prediction: Chelsea 3 - 0 Huddersfield Town


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 22 - 3
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 9 - 0
Possession: 78% - 22%

Referee Lee Mason reached for his pocket just the once at Stamford Bridge, issuing a yellow card to Jonas Lössl of Huddersfield in the 88th minute.

Chelsea may ultimately have come up short in pursuit of the three points required to give themselves a realistic chance of Champions League football next season, but the stats would suggest they couldn't really have done much more, with their total number of shots in the game matching Huddersfield's possession percentage points.

The Blues really should have been in front in the twelfth minute. Antonio Reudiger latching on to a flicked on corner, only to fire wide from around 30 centimetres. One way traffic for the remainder of the first half, but David Wagner's men held firm.

It was however the visitors who took the lead in the 50th minute. A long ball from Aaron Mooy catching out the Chelsea back line to send Laurent Depoitre racing through on goal. Having dinked the ball over the, racing out, Wilfredo Caballero, Depoitre was left to finish into an empty net.

Chelsea were level just 12 minutes later, and a strange goal it was too. Cesar Azpilicueta playing a low ball into the box which was smashed clear by Mathias Jorgensen. Unfortunately for Huddersfield this clearance was smacked straight onto the forehead of Marcos Alonso and rebounded back into the bottom corner.

All Chelsea from there on in, but having picked up a valuable point at Manchester City at the weekend, Huddersfield did the same here.

A big result this at both ends of the table. Chelsea can't now catch Tottenham and whilst they can reel in Liverpool, it would require the Reds to lose at home to Brighton on the final day. Chelsea's chance was always likely to be a slim one though and at least they are alive headed into the closing day.

For Huddersfield this result means that the Terriers will be with us once again in the Premier League next year. Four points clear of safety with just one game to play means it's party time in Huddersfield and a fine achievement all round.

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