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Chelsea’s convincing 2-0 defeat to Manchester City got Maurizio Sarri’s tenure off to a losing start. The Italian will look to avoid the same fate on his Premier League debut at Huddersfield Town, who themselves would love a major scalp so early in the season.

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David Wagner performed a minor miracle last season by keeping Huddersfield Town in the Premier League and he faces an equally tough task this time around.

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Huddersfield v Chelsea Betting Tips & Preview

Maurizio Sarri gets his first taste of Premier League football at The John Smith's.

Ryan Elliott
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Thu, 9 Aug, 3:57 PM

 

Chelsea’s convincing 2-0 defeat to Manchester City got Maurizio Sarri’s tenure off to a losing start. The Italian will look to avoid the same fate on his Premier League debut at Huddersfield Town, who themselves would love a major scalp so early in the season.

David Wagner performed a minor miracle last season by keeping Huddersfield Town in the Premier League and he faces an equally tough task this time around.

With the speculation surrounding key members of Chelsea’s squad, they will go into this clash without a settled line-up, and of course a new manager, knowing they can still lose players to European teams without the ability to replace them.

Huddersfield may have been the league’s joint-lowest scorers last season, but I have a nagging feeling they will be able to find the back of the net against Chelsea. I can see an open game, so don’t be surprised if there are goals. BTTS at Evens looks generous.

Chelsea are still rightly favourites to win this, but if they do win I’ll be surprised if it’s with the minimum of fuss. The Chelsea players looked a little like strangers to each other during the Community Shield, clearly adjusting to a drastic system change, particularly in defence where they looked pretty awful.

It will be a different type of game on Saturday. Chelsea will be doing the majority of the attacking, but I can’t help but feel they’re fallible at the back. The amount of space they gave Manchester City’s players in the final-third on Sunday was quite alarming, and Wagner will be keen to exploit this.

Chelsea should still win this game, but if they do, backing them to win with 2.5 goals scored in the match may well be the way to go.

If you’re feeling brave, this last one might be of some interest. With Courtois going AWOL to force a move to Real Madrid, Chelsea are left with the terrifying prospect of Willy Caballero and Rob Green as the only two senior goalkeepers on their books.

It’s still unclear who will replace Courtois if he leaves - Stoke’s Jack Butland and Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa being the prime candidates – but it’s unlikely they’ll be ready to immediately walk into the team against Huddersfield, making Caballero the likely starter.

 

Courtois’ fantastic ability to deal with high balls would be sorely missed – particularly as Willy is more of a hindrance when dealing with crosses in the box – which should have big target-man Laurent Depoitre licking his lips.

The striker scored against Caballero the last time Huddersfield faced Chelsea, in their memorable 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge to guarantee survival. Backing Depoitre to score Huddersfield’s first goal against Chelsea might be the smartest thing you do all day!

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