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PREVIEW: CHELSEA (A)

7 May 2018

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Huddersfield Town’s final away Premier League game of the 2017/18 season is on Wednesday 9 May 2018 as the Terriers travel to the Capital to face Chelsea.

The match, which kicks off at 7.45pm at Stamford Bridge, will be shown live on Sky Sports.

David Wagner’s side comes into the game off the back of a valiant performance at the Etihad Stadium, drawing 0-0 with Manchester City – the only side to stop the Cityzens scoring at home in the Premier League this season.

Wednesday’s opponent, Chelsea, come into the game off the back of a 1-0 win over Champions League finalists Liverpool.

The Blues currently sit in fifth, just two points outside the Champions League places, whilst Town sits in 16th, three points ahead of the relegation zone.

When the two sides met earlier this season at the John Smith’s Stadium, Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners with Laurent Depoitre scoring a consolation goal for the Terriers.

FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE – FORM

Victor Moses

Form: 5.3

Moses has been a key part of Chelsea’s success so far this season. The wing-back has scored three goals in 27 league appearances and has two league assists to his name. He’s been directly involved in three goals in the Club’s last three games.

César Azpilicueta

Form: 4.8

The ever-dependable Spanish full-back is the Club’s Vice Captain and has led the team out on numerous occasions this season. The ever-present stalwart has helped the Blues to 15 clean sheets so far this campaign and has setup two goals in his last three games.

Olivier Giroud

Form: 4.3

The January signing from Arsenal scored in Chelsea’s last Premier League win (1-0 over Liverpool) and has battled Morata for a spot in the starting XI. The striker has scored seven goals this season (three for Chelsea).

Chelsea’s Last Premier League XI vs Liverpool

GK: Thibaut Courtois

LWB: Marcos Alonso
CB: César Azpilicueta
CB: Gary Cahill
CB: Antonio Rüdiger
RWB: Victor Moses

CM: Cesc Fàbregas
CM: N'Golo Kanté
CM: Tiemoué Bakayoko

FW: Eden Hazard
FW: Olivier Giroud

TEAM NEWS: CHELSEA

Antonio Conte recalled Marcos Alonso back to his starting XI after he served his three match ban, whilst Danny Drinkwater is also fit after returning from a groin problem.

Chelsea’s Manager is only without David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu for Wednesday’s match.

FPL INJURY TABLE

David Luiz (Knee, 13 May), Ethan Ampadu (Ankle, Unknown), Álvaro Morata (Knock, 75%)

TEAM NEWS: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

David Wagner will address the press on Tuesday ahead of the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

FPL INJURY TABLE

Elias Kachunga (Ankle), Danny Williams (Ankle), Michael Hefele (Knee), Tom Ince (Hamstring)

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KIT

The Terriers will wear the red and black 'flash' kit at Stamford Bridge in midweek.

There are still some sizes left in this replica kit in retail outlets and online; click HERE to have a look!

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Match Reports

REPORT: CHELSEA 1-1 TOWN

9 May 2018

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Nerves were jangled, nails are no longer; but not one person associated with Huddersfield Town will care in the slightest, as in the end Premier League survival was achieved in the most dramatic of circumstances.

The Terriers withstood relentless Chelsea pressure throughout large quantities of the encounter, and it would take yet another enormous defensive effort to grind out that much-needed point. Laurent Depoitre sent the away fans crazy mid-way through the second-half, only for Marcos Alonso to equalise in the most fortuitous style. Jonas Lössl made a truly outstanding save late on to deny Christensen's looping header from dropping in at the far-post which went great lengths to confirming Town's status as a Premier League on the night without having to seal the deal on the final day against Arsenal.

In the search to replicate Sunday's battling performance against Manchester City, Town's starting XI witnessed 3 alterations, as Philip Billing, Rajiv van La Parra and Laurent Depoitre were called upon from the off in west London. Florent Hadergjonaj, Alex Pritchard and Steve Mounié dropped to the bench, on which there was a spot for the returning Tom Ince, who missed Sunday's stalemate through injury. In terms of milestones, Jonathan Hogg's selection meant that the midfielder would start his 150th Huddersfield Town appearance.

Wednesday evening's visit to the Bridge was the first League visit for over 46 years- and the 'Flash' kit wearing Terriers were backed by over 2,000 fans in perfect footballing conditions- the majority travelling to the game via the official coaches for just £1 courtesy of Town's Main Club sponsor, OPE Sports.

Antonio Conte's men still had an important issue of their own to settle; the prospect of Champions League football next term. In the usual 3-4-3 set-up, play shifted from left to right with purpose. Early chances certainly set the hearts racing, as firstly Alvaro Morata's header lacked efficient power to trouble Jonas Lössl, with Marcos Alonso trying his luck from the other flank which duly forced Town's Danish shot stopper to react smartly down low.

Chelsea were on a high after defeating European finalists Liverpool in the match played after Town's Manchester outing on Sunday, and the Blues had an edge to their play; Willian the next man to fire goalwards, but the Brazilian couldn't find the corner.
Willian looked to turn provider just minutes later. Laurent Depoitre's attempted clearance from a corner fell straight back to the winger, who in turn wickedly delivered the ball across the face of goal. Antonio Rudiger lurked at the far post, but the German defender wasn't able to stretch far enough to prod home.

In truth, the Fulham Road Club had flew out of the traps, seeking an early advantage. The linesman's flag on the far-side came to Town's rescue, as Rudiger once again lingered around the far-post aiming to bundle home. Although the former Stuttgart man somehow placed wide from a yard out, offside had been given due to a clever Town defensive line.

Despite the Blues' pressure, the Terrier work rate was continuing to be of an exceptional standard. Every second ball was challenged, the midfield duo of Kante and Fabregas were hunted at every opportunity, and the desire to chase and work the field position was giving the tremendous away following lots to get their teeth into.

Adding to that, the defensive effort in the first 25 minutes had shown major similarities of that from Sunday. And as the confidence grew, Laurent Depoitre raced away one-on-one with Christensen. The Belgian aimed to find chief support Philip Billing overlapping to the right, and as Lolo played the pass, Marcos Alonso timely recovered to cut it out and therefore bring to a halt a very promising opening.

Back came Chelsea. A tactic that Conte's outfit employed throughout the first-half was hitting the striker- in this case Morata- with an early cross from deep; Jonas Lössl was more than equal to the Spaniard's tame headers on multiple occasions as time ticked by.

Arguably the best chance of the encounter was fluffed by Morata. Rajiv van La Parra was muscled out of possession just yards inside the Town half, and slick interplay between Willian and Kante eventually set the former Real Madrid man on his way to goal.
With only Lössl to beat, having used a neat swivel to turn away from several Red shirted defenders, Morata took the ball round to the by-line but ultimately failed to squeeze in from a muchly narrowed angle- a huge let-off if ever there was one, with an offside not even being brought into question.

That action would be the last major play of the period to great relief of the raucous travelling support and of course David Wagner. Successive Premier League fixtures firmly poised at the interval whilst facing yet another of the elite Clubs; another huge 45 in store to hold out for outright safety.

Antonio Rudiger refused to shy away from making his presence felt at set-piece scenarios. The centre-half rose highest to meet Willian's right-sided free-kick, which fortunately sailed way over the bar.

Rudiger may not have taken his chance; but Laurent Depoitre did quite the opposite at the other end to send those in the small corner of Stamford Bridge into scenes of sheer delight.

The Belgian barnstormed his way through to latch onto Aaron Mooy's lofted through ball, and after a strong coming together with Chelsea 'keeper Willy Caballero, the ball fell kindly for Town's number 20 to coolly slot home into an empty net to hand his side a lead of priceless proportions- a first goal of 2018 for Lolo, with his last arriving in a pre-Christmas 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Town's lead would go on to be short-lived; albeit via a huge slice of fortune. Zanka's attempted clearance struck Marcos Alonso clean in the face, and the resulting rebound cannoned into the back of the net despite the best outstretched efforts of Jonas Lössl. Game well and truly on, and it was indeed a nail-biter as Chelsea's dominance began to unfold.

The Blues changed shape, and really began to thoroughly test out that defensive rearguard. Terence Kongolo heroically flung himself in between the arriving cavalry of Morata and Giroud to clear and ensure that neither front-man could tuck home from close range.

Terence's defensive companion Christopher Schindler followed suit to dive in-front of a powerful Eden Hazard effort, allowing substitute Florent Hadergjonaj to clear his lines once more.

Town would still always have a sniff of a chance on the break, as Chelsea pushed forward. Philip Billing rifled wide, ahead of Laurent Depoitre being pulled up for a questionable foul on Rudiger as the goal-scorer was adjudged to have unfairly beaten his marker whilst in the opposition penalty area.

Every single Huddersfield Town supporter would have been on the edge of their seats, and the minutes would have seemed like a lifetime no doubt. Willian flashed a pacey cross to the front-post, as Oliver Giroud made a quick dash.
The Frenchman, signed from Arsenal in January, missed by a whisker under pressure from Zanka.

If the heart rates hadn't been racing at that particular moment, then the hearts would have been beating out of the chest thanks to an almighty goal-mouth scramble.

Neither side could make a clean contact, and as Andreas Christensen eventually managed to force goal-wards, it took an astonishing Jonas Lössl hand to claw onto the post and deny his compatriot from giving the Blues the lead.

As the duration neared, the men in Red and Black were giving every ounce that they had in the tank. Six added on minutes didn't help the nerves, but Town's steely credentials just presided to see out the clash with that elusive point.

The anxiousness was finally put to rest, as Town held on to draw one apiece, sparking wild celebrations on full-time and most of all; ensuring that PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL WILL GRACE THE JOHN SMITH'S STADIUM NEXT SEASON.

TOWN (5-3-2): Jonas Lössl; Chris Löwe (Florent Hadergjonaj, 62'), Terence Kongolo, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Zanka, Tommy Smith (c) (Scott Malone, 85'); Aaron Mooy, Jonathan Hogg, Philip Billing; Rajiv van La Parra (Alex Pritchard, 53'), Laurent Depoitre

UNUSED SUBS: Joel Coleman, Scott Malone, Collin Quaner, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié

CHELSEA (3-4-3): Willy Caballero; Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen,Cesar Azpilicueta; Marcos Alonso, NGolo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Davide Zappacosta (Olivier Giroud, 55'); Pedro (Eden Hazard, 59'), Alvaro Morata, Willian

UNUSED SUBS: Eduardo, Gary Cahill, Victor Moses, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ross Barkley,

REFEREE: Lee Mason

ATTENDANCE: 38, 910

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CHELSEA (A) & MAN CITY (A) DATES CONFIRMED

4 April 2018

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Town’s final two Premier League away games rescheduled

- Dates confirmed for matches at Stamford Bridge and Etihad Stadium
- Chelsea (A) will take place on Wednesday 9 May 2018
- Town’s match at Manchester City will be shown live on Sky Sports

Dates have been confirmed for Huddersfield Town’s Premier League away games against Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Terriers’ game against the current Premier League Champions was due to be played on Saturday 21 April, however following Chelsea’s progression in the Emirates FA Cup, the Club’s Semi-Final game will now be played on that weekend.

That means that the match at Stamford Bridge will now take place at 7.45pm on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

Please note that this year’s Pedal for Pounds 9 ride ‘The Last Goal Post’ will still take place.

Huddersfield Town’s away game against Manchester City has also been selected for live TV broadcast.

The game, which will be shown live on Sky Sports, will now take place on Sunday 6 May 2018 and will kick-off at 1.30pm.

Ticket and travel information for both the rearranged fixtures will appear on htafc.com at a later date.

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