Date: Saturday 2nd February 2019
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
After our midweek disaster class in Premier League football, today’s game sees us facing Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge.
Quite how the players will respond to that embarrassment, or the 50 minute lecture they got from Sarri after it, is anyone’s guess. As for Sarri, he’s been quite clear there’s no Plan B and he sees no need for one, so he’s clearly seeing something we’re not because most of us would suggest drastic change is called for.
Huddersfield are bottom of the league and have lost 10 of their last 11 league games, but Bournemouth weren’t exactly on a run of form when they hammered us midweek either – and they managed a draw in this fixture in May, so any thoughts of us romping this one might be misplaced.
Losing this one is almost unthinkable though – almost.
Going into today’s game, Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri says “First of all, I want to do very well the plan A, I think. I don’t want to change something that at the moment doesn’t work very well. First of all, I want to see my football played very well, then we can go to change something.”
Huddersfield Town head coach Jan Siewert meanwhile, says “There is never a good time [to play Chelsea] – this is just the task we are given. For me it was the possibility to observe Chelsea [in midweek], so I know the situation and I know they have difficulties. I saw some situations in which they were vulnerable, but to be honest it will be a totally different game. I know Maurizio Sarri is a fantastic manager and we have to face everything which they give us.”
For Chelsea, Gonzalo Higuain (back) faces a late fitness test so we could end up reverting to Sarri’s favoured false nine if that doesn’t go well.
For Huddersfield, Philip Billing (knee) returns and new signing Karlan Grant could make his debut. Aaron Mooy is available after his return as a substitute midweek.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Higuain, Hazard
HUDDERSFIELD (Possible line-up): Lossl; Smith, Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo; Puncheon, Hogg, Mooy; Kachunga, Mounie, Diakhaby
Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield (9th May 2018)
CURRENT FORM (PL)
- Chelsea have won two of the previous three Premier League meetings
- Huddersfield got a draw in this fixture last May.
- Huddersfield’s last win at Stamford Bridge came in the old Second Division in 1963.
- Chelsea have failed to score in three of their last four league games.
- Huddersfield have gone four matches without a goal in all competitions
- Chelsea haven’t lost three league matches in a row since November 2015.
- Chelsea have kept 10 Premier League clean sheets in 2018-19
- Huddersfield have lost 10 of their past 11 league matches, drawing the other.
- Huddersfield have lost all seven league matches this season against the current top six sides
BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Huddersfield
Sky Sports: Chelsea 3-0 Huddersfield
Sportsmole: Chelsea 3-0 Huddersfield