Preview - Huddersfield vs Chelsea 11 August 18

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Match Day 1
Huddersfield vs Chelsea
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: John Smiths Stadium

Huddersfield: 
Last five matches form: W L D D L
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.74
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.53
Top Scorer 17/18: Steve MouniƩ (7)

Chelsea:
Last five matches form: W W W D L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.63
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.00
Top Scorer 17/18: Eden Hazard (12)

Maurizio Sarri takes charge of Chelsea for a competitive game for the first time as he takes the Blues to Huddersfield to take on David Wagner's battling side on Match day 1 in the Premier League.

Huddersfield achieved their main objective of surviving in the Premier League last season, finishing four points clear of the relegation zone in the end despite a nerve jangling run in.

Chelsea's league performance must go down as a big disappointment as they finished fifth, missing out on the Champions League. Much better will be expected this term.

Huddersfield's only injury doubt comes in the centre of the park, with Danny Williams unavailable.

Deadline week signings Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacevic are unlikely to deemed ready to line up for Chelsea. Big summer acquisition Jorginho can be expected to start though, whilst Eden Hazard is likely to be a late decision following his efforts at the World Cup.

Chelsea won this fixture 3-1 last season and will be looking to get their season off to a flyer with another three points here.

We would be confident of a Chelsea win should Hazard be included in the starting line-up. Even without him though the Stamford Bridge men look to have a big edge when it comes to quality and should start their campaign with a win.


Prediction: Huddersfield 0 - 2 Chelsea

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots:  5 - 7
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession: 40% - 60%

Christopher Schindler and Terence Kongolo were booked for the home side, with referee Chris Kavanagh also taking the name of David Luiz of Chelsea.

A thoroughly comprehensive win for Chelsea this as the gulf in quality between the sides was in evidence from the off.

N'Golo Kante shone once again throughout, seeming to be here, there and everywhere at times, and it was the Frenchman who grabbed the opening goal of the game. Willian finding time and space down the left to cross and pick out Kante at the back post. Kante not making the best of connections in hitting his volley into the ground but it looped up and in to the far side of the goal.

Huddersfield really should have been level soon after. Steve Mounie in acres of space at the far post and seeming certain to score, only for his header to clip the inside of the post and stay out. Great chance, and they wouldn't get a better one.

Chelsea doubled their lead before the break. Jorginho playing in Marcos Alonso - via a clever Ross Barkley flick. Alonso then having his legs taken away by Christophe Schindler just as he was about to shoot. Penalty kick. Jorginho stepping up to calmly convert into the bottom right corner for a goal on his Premier League debut.

Chelsea continued to look threatening in the second half, and even more so following the introduction of substitute Eden Hazard. It was the Belgian magician who set up the third goal in the 81st minute. Bursting towards the edge of the box in trademark style and as he drew the defenders towards him, slotting in Pedro on the right-hand side of the box. Lovely deft finish over the keeper from Pedro.

Excellent start for Maurizio Sarri who seems to have quickly instilled his philosophy on this Chelsea squad.



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