Huddersfield v Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 11, 2017
Kirklees Stadium – Premier League
Huddersfield host Chelsea on Sunday looking to build on a good win over Brighton at the weekend. The Blues slipped up against West Ham in their previous game and will be desperate to bounce back in Yorkshire.
The two sides have only met in the FA Cup since the turn of the millennium, playing at Stamford Bridge both times, in 2006 and 2008. Chelsea came out on top in both matches, the most recent being a 3-1 win, with two goals from Frank Lampard and one from Salamon Kalou for the Blues and a Michael Collins finish for the Terriers.
David Wagner has no new injury concerns, with Michele Hefele barely featuring this season due to achilles problems, and Jon Gorenc-Stankovic out since March, but nearing a return. Philip Billing is the Terriers’ only other abcentee, having undergone ankle surgery in October.
Antonio Conte should be able to welcome back Danny Drinkwater, who missed the weekend fixture due to a fever, although David Luiz remains out with a knee problem.
Huddersfield V Chelsea Preview and Predictions
In the past few weeks, Huddersfield’s goal scoring form must have been a concern for Wagner, with just one goal in his side’s last four games. However, against Brighton, the manager’s decision to play Steve Mounie as a lone forward in a 4-2-3-1 formation certainly paid off, with the forward scoring twice.
The Beninese striker looked a threat throughout, doubling his goal tally for the season and is 3/1 to score against Chelsea. Wagner will be pleased with his side’s performance against Brighton, as the time started strong and on the front foot, and this seems to be the way to get at Chelsea, who have conceded early in their past two Premier League games. However, it will take a certain amount of bravery from both the manager and the players to try and outplay the Blues rather than defending deep.
Chelsea’s last game, a 1-0 loss to West Ham, may provide hope for the Terries, as the Blues looked simply incapable of scoring. Perhaps suffering from a hangover from a midweek fixture against Athletic Madrid, Conte’s men were unable to make 70% and 19 shots count against the Hammers.
With Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard Chelsea’s only two players to have scored five or more goals this season, it seems that stopping them blunts the team’s attack. Conte may be tempted to rest some players for the trip to the Kirklees Stadiuim, his side are suffering through a hectic schedule, and still have six games left to play in December. This may mean a run out for Michy Batshuayi or Pedro, who are 3/1 and 4/1 as first goal scorer respectively.
This is a big game for Conte, who admitted after defeat to West Ham that the title race is over, and faces Barcelona in the Champions League. Chelsea will need a win to keep morale up, whereas Huddersfield have no such expectations, at just 9/1 to win, and would be happy with a point on Tuesday.
Huddersfiled to Score between minutes 0-10 at 16/1
Chelsea have been conceding early and Huddersfield’s fast start saw them score in the 12th minute against Brighton.
Cesc Fabregas to assist in 90 mins at 7/4
This is the sort of game that Fabregas lives for, and he will likely have a lot of the ball on Tuesday.