New Signings Make Debuts As Hazard Misses Out | Expected Chelsea XI vs Huddersfield

By on August 10, 2018

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Premier League football has returned and Chelsea kick off their 2018/19 campaign when they take on Huddersfield at the John Smiths Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Here is the side I think Maurizio Sarri will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to make his debut after completing a world record £71m move from Athletic Bilbao. The Spanish youngster will replace Thibaut Courtois after he joined Real Madrid with Willy Caballero expected to remain as No.2.

Defence: Sarri has confirmed Cesar Azpilicueta will be captain tomorrow so he’s certain to start at right-back while Marcos Alonso is expected to line-up on the opposite side of defence.

David Luiz appears to be back in favour under Sarri so the Brazilian international could line-up against Huddersfield with Antonio Rudiger favourite to partner Luiz ahead of Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen.

Midfield: New signing Mateo Kovacic is not expected to be in contention as he’s only just started pre-season training following his exploits at the World Cup so Chelsea fans will have to wait a little longer to get a glimpse of the Croatian.

N’Golo Kante has only recently started training after helping France win the World Cup but if Sarri is to risk any of his late arrivals it will probably be the Frenchman.

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Jorginho is expected to make his Premier League debut and has impressed in pre-season since making his move from Napoli while Cesc Fabregas will be hoping to start ahead of Ross Barkley in midfield.

Attack: Olivier Giroud is lacking match practice so Alvaro Morata is expected to lead the line up front and the Spaniard will be looking to impress after a frustrating campaign last season.

Eden Hazard has only just started his pre-season training so the Belgian international isn’t likely to be risked from the start meaning Willian should start in attack amid speculation surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro is favourite to join Willian in attack, although youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed in pre-season so he’ll be hoping to feature at some point against Huddersfield this weekend.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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7 Comments

  1. Giwa

    August 10, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Odoi need to or acquire scoring ability and go for more and more training to rubish everybody in the wings of chelseaf soon. I don’t know if I may hold a conversation with him base on the theory that I have got from Messi in the of scoring goals every year.

  2. isaac

    August 10, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    the simple Truth line on the shoulder of sari to pick that wonder kid called callum hodston odoi he is the magic we have at CFC ,forget about William that one is a shadow of himself ,just partner hazard with him u will see sari ball. u will not forget me as a chealseafc fan

    • sofiti barnett

      August 11, 2018 at 5:07 am

      We are all eager to see saris tactics watch today’s match with some of the players we had last season how they perform regardless of time.

    • Johnowiny

      August 11, 2018 at 5:50 am

      I agree with u Isac let odoi start

  3. sofiti barnett

    August 11, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Chelsea here we come under sari.

  4. john

    August 11, 2018 at 8:58 am

    odoi has apto start. that kid is good but he has to inprove in goalscoring

  5. Nicesuraj Olumoro

    August 11, 2018 at 10:57 am

    One cannot deny the abilities Hudson (Odoi) posses, at the same time one need to realize that William is a very long way better and matured player to the kid. Starting him before William will be some kind of bad thing to do. I think Sarri should start William and Pedro ahead of the kid before introducing the kid in the second half of the game. This will go a long way to bulster every of them game. Cos they are all matured and wouldn’t want a kid to play better than them, so they put everything to see they start ahead of him. #BlueBloodForever #CFCFamily

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