The former Premier League champions, Chelsea are about to set off their league campaign as they take on Huddersfield Town in an away fixture at John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.
Reportedly, The Blues from the West London will be keen on starting fresh with their newly appointed manager and ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. They have had a mixed kind of period ahead of their campaign including the friendlies and a few signings. This summarizes their success in holding the Belgian superstar Eden Hazard but losing his international teammate Thibaut Courtois. But they have successfully finalized the deal to sign the Spanish young goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalega for a whopping amount of £72 million. Apart from that they also have landed fomer Napoli midfielder Jorginho, who has also shown his composure in the friendlies. So, an opening victory for Chelsea can boost up the dreams for the new season indeed.
On the other hand, Huddersfield Town will be looking forward to finishing in the top half of the table at the end of the season. So, when it comes to facing a heavyweight team like Chelsea in their opening fixture, no matter whether it is their home or away, they will be optimistic to settle down for a draw at least.
Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea Team News:
Chelsea have had fairly a good business in the transfer market prior to the season and the most highlighting evidence of that they have managed to retain the service of the Belgian sensation Eden Hazard, who has been highly speculated a move to the white side of the Madrid since the beginning of the transfer window.
But on the other hand, they had to let their first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois leave for Real Madrid. Apart from the signings of Jorginho and Kepa, they have reached an agreement to land the Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan deal. Reportedly, the new manager Maurizio Sarri has shown his intentions of switching to the 4-3-3 tradition erasing the previous Italian’s 3-4-3.
With the eye-catching performances, few of the underrated Chelsea players can get the opportunity to expose their skills. The list includes the young talent Callum Hudson-Odoi, the former Everton star Ross Barkley. Tammy Abraham has also been retained at the club. So, he can also gain some experiences as the manager will certainly shuffle his squad.
On the other hand, Huddersfield Town will be looking forward to line-up their squad in-2-3-1 formation with Mounie alone up in the front and including their club record signing Terence Kongolo at the left-full-back position.
Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea Possible Line-ups:
Huddersfield Town vs Chelsea Key Players:
For Huddersfield Town, their manager David Wagner will certainly be looking forward to the service of his striker Steve Mounie, who has already shown potential in the previous season. Apart from that, the 21-year-old Alex Pritchard can also have an impact in the game.
On the other hand, for Chelsea, undoubtedly the winger Eden Hazard will be the key man. Apart from that the youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi also can have a late impact in the game. The Brazilian Willian also makes his name on the list.
Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea Last Meeting:
In the last season, Chelsea had met Huddersfield town twice in the Premier League. In the first away fixture, Chelsea overtrumped their opponent with a dominating 3-1 victory but in the reverse fixture, they settled down for a 1-1 draw at the end of the season.
Huddersfield Town Latest Form (All Competitions): L-D-W-W-W
Chelsea Latest Form (All Competitions): W-W-L-L-W
Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea Betting Odds (Bet365):
Huddersfield Town – 6.50
Draw – 4.00
Chelsea – 1.61
Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea Live Streaming Link:
The game is scheduled for Saturday, 11th August 2018 from 7:30 PM IST and will be telecast on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select HD1 for Indian viewers. However, for online streaming links send us a message on our official Facebook page.