The Premier League 2018/19 campaign gets underway this weekend with last season’s FA Cup winners Chelsea travelling to Huddersfield Town on Saturday at the Kirklees Stadium. Maurizio Sarri’s side are favourites to pick up three points but the Yorkshire side are hopeful of a shock result.
Where and when: Kirklees Stadium, Huddersfield – 11 August, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Huddersfield vs. Chelsea: William Hill
Last time: Huddersfield held the Blues to a surprise 1-1 draw in the closing stages of last season at Stamford Bridge to confirm their survival, but the Blues ran out 3-1 victors in Yorkshire last December.
|Chelsea to win||4/7||Offer|
|Chelsea/Chelsea Half Time/Full Time||6/4||Offer|
|Under 2.5 goals||8/9||Offer|
Huddersfield vs. Chelsea Predictions and Preview
Chelsea will hope to get their Premier League campaign off to a winning start in Saturday afternoon’s action but face a tricky trip to Huddersfield Town.
The Terriers avoided relegation last season by finishing 16th on 37 points but were the joint lowest scorers in the league with a miserly 28 goals.
The Blues did not successfully defend their title and ranked a disappointing fifth, missing out on Champions League football this season.
Despite winning the FA Cup, Antonio Conte has been dismissed and replaced by Maurizio Sarri, formerly of Napoli.
Chelsea are favourites to win this game at odds of 4/7 with a surprise home victory available at 5/1 and the draw priced at 14/5.
This could be a cagey affair with the Terriers defending deep and Chelsea may need patience. Under 2.5 goals is available at 8/9 while fewer than 1.5 goals is at 11/4.
However, if you fancy there to be goals in this one with Sarri known for deploying an expansive style of football, over 2.5 goals is priced at 21/20.
A ‘double chance’ on Huddersfield to battle their way to either a draw or a win is available at 7/5 while a Chelsea win/draw outcome is at 1/6.
If you fancy Sarri’s men to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 6/4.
One to watch for Huddersfield: Steve Mounié was the Terriers top league scorer last season with a respectable return of nine goals in 31 appearances. The Beninese international joined the club from Montpellier a year ago.
One to watch for Chelsea: Eden Hazard looks set to remain at Stamford Bridge this summer after a sparkling World Cup. The Belgian has netted 34 goals across the past two seasons and will hope to continue that form this season.
Long shot: The hosts would love to earn a goalless draw in this fixture after holding Chelsea at the Bridge in May. A scoreless draw in this game is available at odds of 11/1.