Chelsea v Huddersfield Town Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Chelsea v Huddersfield

Premier League: Sat, 02/02  Stadium: Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea to be winning at HT/FT seems almost a certainty, and is 8/13 with Bet365. The same firm is also offering Chelsea to win 2-0 at 5/1, or if they can click into gear 6/1 on a 3-0 victory. Ladbrokes have Chelsea to win to nil at 7/10, which looks a sensible choice given Huddersfield’s inability to find the net with any great regularity.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Chelsea v Huddersfield Town

Bottom placed Huddersfield Town visit Champions League chasing Chelsea on Saturday, on what looks to be on paper another mismatch for the increasingly doomed looking away side.

 

Midweek woe for Chelsea

Neither team comes into the fixture off the back of a positive round of midweek games, with Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri in particular under huge pressure going into this game. An embarrassing 4-0 away defeat to Bournemouth was one of Chelsea’s worst ever losses in the Premier League era, both in terms of scoreline and performance. The last time they had suffered a defeat by four or more goals was way back in the 1996-97 season, where a Patrik Berger inspired Liverpool routed them 5-1 at Anfield. The visit of Huddersfield in theory could not have come at a better time for the Blues, as they look to put their midweek nightmare behind them against a team with only two PL wins to their name all season.

 

Sarri under real pressure

The build-up to the game has been dominated by speculation around Sarri’s future, given Chelsea’s general policy of not being adverse to get rid of manager’s during the course of the season. ‘Sarriball’ has quickly worn thin with fans and pundits alike, with the team struggling to score goals or to play consistently with any fluidity. Sarri’s major summer signing, Italian midfielder Jorginho, has become a lightning rod for fans’ discontent, with the ponderous playmaker failing to truly adapt to the demands of the PL. Combined with forcing the popular title and World Cup winning N’Golo Kante out of his prefered central midfield role, it is no wonder that patience and sympathy for Sarri and his trusted lieutenant Jorginho is wearing thin amongst the supporters. An unthinkable defeat against the bottom club would surely force the club to act, with the Italian as short as 2/1 with some bookmakers to be the next managerial casualty.

 

New manager, same result for Huddersfield

Tuesday’s home defeat against Everton marked new manager’s Jan Siwert’s first game in charge, but sadly not a change in fortune for the relegation candidates. A familiar story of failing to find the net from some decent chances created consigned them to their seventeenth defeat of the season, and left them thirteen points from safety. It is difficult to see what is left to be salvaged from this season other than pride, as they remain marooned on eleven points, which if they remain stuck on would represent the joint worse ever points total in a single season.

 

Team news

New signing Gonzalo Higuain was withdrawn after 65 ineffective minutes against Bournemouth, and it will be interesting to see if Sarri hands him a third start in little under a week, recall Oliver Giroud, or go back to Eden Hazard as a false number nine. Elsewhere the likes of Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be pushing for starting places.

 

For Huddersfield, key midfielder Aaron Mooy came off the bench in the 1-0 defeat to Everton after nearly two months out with a knee injury and will be pushing for a recall to the starting XI. With no new signings on transfer deadline day, their options remain severely limited, particularly in attack.

 

Chelsea to win surely?

With the second tightest defence at home to fall back on against the league’s lowest scorers, Chelsea will feel they can get back on track after a disastrous midweek result. Huddersfield simply lack the personnel to trouble most defences. They have failed to score in four of their last five games, so it should be a case of damage limitation for them.

Chelsea to be winning at HT/FT seems almost a certainty, and is 8/13 with Bet365. The same firm is also offering Chelsea to win 2-0 at 5/1, or if they can click into gear 6/1 on a 3-0 victory. Ladbrokes have Chelsea to win to nil at 7/10, which looks a sensible choice given Huddersfield’s inability to find the net with any great regularity.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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