Huddersfield vs Chelsea
2018/19 English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 11th August 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Kirklees Stadium (Huddersfield).
Huddersfield start their second year in English Premier League season against a Chelsea side looking to prove a point.
The Terriers were drawn in the relegation battle throughout the last season and only escaped drop by a narrow 4 point.
With summer recruitments far and few, David Wagner and his men are once again relegation favorites.
Huddersfield had a good pre-season and the wins against Lyon, Bologna and RB Leipzig could give the team confidence here.
Chelsea on the other hand, are starting a new era under Maurizio Sarri in a big to build a title challenging team.
The pre-season has not be great for the Blues and further ended up losing the Community shield to Manchester City last week.
It is fair to say that this Blues team look unsettled at this point, mainly due to a number of key players joining late in the preseason training due to their involvement in the FIFA World Cup.
Huddersfield Team News
David Wagener has no major injury worries expect that of midfielder Danny Williams.
Huddersfield Predicted Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Lossl – Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Handergjonaj – Hogg, Mooy – Diakhaby, Pritchard, Parra – Mounie.
Chelsea Team News
William and Hazard have only played a few minutes during the pre-season and their match fitness is questionable ahead of the season opener.
Thibaut Courtois is expected to complete his move to Real Madrid this weekend, thus Willy Caballero will start on goal until the Blues finalize Kepa Arrizabalaga’s transfer from Bilbao.
The summer signing Jorginho is expected to start alongside Fabregas and Ross Barkley in the midfield.
Chelsea Predicted Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Caballero – Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta – Fabregas , Barkley, Jorginho – Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Morata.
Huddersfield vs Chelsea Head-to-head
- Chelsea won 3-1 when the teams met at the Kirklees Stadium last season.
- But the Terriers found some relief with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge later that season.
- The Belgian striker Laurent Depoitre scored both goals for Huddersfield last season.
- Both games saw over 1.5 goals in the second half.
Huddersfield vs Chelsea Prediction
Chelsea are expected to go without Hazard and William which could leave the short in the attacking front.
The Terriers have the momentum from three consecutive wins against top sides during pre-season and they are expected to exploit the loop holes in Blues’ squad.
Last season, we saw Chelsea starting with a 2-3 defeat to Burnley, so the Terriers have every reason to bank on an upset here.
Huddersfield vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Huddersfield +1.5 Asian handicap for 5/11 (1.47) odd.
Value is in trying the Both teams to Score bet for 1/1 (2.00).