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PREVIEW: Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town – 09/05/2018

Chelsea v Huddersfield Town

Date: 09/05/2018

K/O: 19:45pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge

TV: Sky Sports Main Event

Referee: Lee Mason

As Premier League teams around the country make up for any missed fixtures this midweek, Chelsea welcome Huddersfield Town to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening. Both teams have a lot to play for, so this match is sure to be a tense and fascinating one.

Chelsea will be looking for a fourth consecutive Premier League win on their 500th home match in the competition. Achieving this would bring them level on points with Liverpool going into the final day, as well as potentially above a teetering Spurs, depending on how Newcastle get on at Wembley that same evening.

The visitors on the other hand, know that they could be the final team to escape the jaws of relegation this season, as it looks like Southampton’s loss to Swansea on Tuesday has almost guaranteed safety for the Saints, barring some goal fests on the final day. Huddersfield need to take just one point from the Bridge to keep themselves in the Premier League, which would be a monumental achievement for David Wagner and his team. Doing so would also almost certainly end Swansea’s seven-year spell in the top division.

Team News

Being an important midweek match, both managers will probably have squad rotation in their plans, but expect a strong starting XI from both sides.

Chelsea should see a return from Alvaro Morata after a slight injury, meaning Chelsea should have their full complement.

The return of Tom Ince will be a welcome sight for the Huddersfield fans, while Chris Löwe, Terence Kongolo and Danny Williams are all doubts for the Terriers.

Predicted Starting XI’s

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Christensen, Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Pedro, Hazard, Morata

Huddersfield: Lössl, Kongolo, Schindler, Joergensen, Malone, Mooy, Hogg, Hadergjonaj, Ince, Pritchard, Depoitré

Prediction: Chelsea 2 Huddersfield 0

I believe that Huddersfield have the spirit to potentially cause an upset, but it seems likely that they will have to wait until the final day to secure safety.

Written by Harry Mahon.

Harry Mahon

90maat's team correspondent for Tottenham Hotspur, graduate of Loughborough University and current student at the University of Surrey.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Liverpool 15 10 4 1 34
2 Chelsea 15 10 3 2 33
3 Manchester City 14 10 2 2 32
4 West Ham United 15 8 3 4 27
5 Arsenal 14 7 2 5 23
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 7 1 5 22
7 Manchester United 14 6 3 5 21
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 6 3 6 21
9 Brighton & Hov… 15 4 8 3 20
10 Leicester City 14 5 4 5 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 3 7 4 16
12 Brentford 14 4 4 6 16
13 Aston Villa 14 5 1 8 16
14 Southampton 15 3 7 5 16
15 Everton 14 4 3 7 15
16 Leeds United 14 3 6 5 15
17 Watford 14 4 1 9 13
18 Burnley 14 1 7 6 10
19 Newcastle United 15 1 7 7 10
20 Norwich City 14 2 4 8 10

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