Huddersfield vs Chelsea preview, betting tips and prediction: Blues to bounce back from weekend disappointment
Chelsea to win with Eden Hazard FGS @ 3/1 with Betfair
Chelsea to win 2-1 @ 15/2 with Betfair
Chelsea to win and BTTS @ 13/5
If anything summed up the unpredictability of the Premier League, even now as the gap between the top six and the rest seemingly gets bigger and bigger, it is what happened on Saturday at the London Stadium. West Ham, who hadn’t won in eight games under David Moyes previously, won 1-0 against a Chelsea side unbeaten in seven. They hadn’t lost domestically in two months.
But now the Blues come into their game against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium with a point to prove. Their hopes of defending their title may well be disappearing, but they must cement third place ahead of the chasing pack at the very least. Huddersfield have been very impressive this season, especially considering it is their debut Premier League campaign, and their good form has been based on making their home a strong place. Saturday’s win over Brighton meant they leapfrogged their opponents and climbed into the top half of the table.
This will undoubtedly be favourites for this game, but Chelsea may find it tough on a cold Tuesday night in West Yorkshire.
The West Ham defeat really came out of the blue for Chelsea because they seemed to have recovered their form in both the Premier League and the Champions League since their last respective defeats. Eden Hazard was looking particularly strong with four goals in the week running up to Saturday, while record signing Alvaro Morata has made a good start with nine league goals to his name. Antonio Conte blamed tiredness after they clinched a spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a draw against Atletico Madrid, but he kept the same team when he usually makes some changes. He really has only himself to blame.
As for Huddersfield, they bounced back from four rather heavy defeats in a row to beat Brighton at home on Saturday. Whilst it is true the Premier League has retained its competitive edge, one win can really change the mood and that is definitely the case for David Wagner’s side. They now sit 11th, two places above the side they beat, Brighton, with a five-point buffer to the relegation zone. It will be tough for them against an angry Chelsea side, but they must be brave to avoid defeat.
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If Conte is claiming his players are tired, he may well make some changes to his side but he has no fresh worries from Saturday. Tiemoue Bakayoko made way for Pedro, and the Spaniard is an option for pace out wide from the start, while Victor Moses replaced Davide Zappacosta. It is still unlikely David Luiz will feature.
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David Wagner made all his substitutions in the last five minutes on Saturday and he too has no new worries. Steve Mounie scored twice on Saturday and he will likely keep his place ahead of Laurent Depoitre as a result.