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Huddersfield 1 Chelsea 3: live reaction as Antonio Conte's side breeze to victory

The Premier League title was all but conceded by Antonio Conte on Saturday and yet three days later, Chelsea played like champions all over again with a demolition of one of the league’s newly-promoted teams and a sign that they are at least able to pick themselves up and continue the pursuit. It was a victory that was never once in doubt, and beginning with a goal from Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those at fault against West Ham, they never looked back against a Huddersfield Town who looked frankly overwhelmed from the very start. Antonio Conte made changes to his side, without the injured Alvaro Morata, and they looked like a team who were responding to a manager who had told them that three defeats to Burnley, Crystal Palace and most recently West Ham was simply not good enough.     They dominated Huddersfield, although they were allowed to do so, and although they had the run of the pitch, the ruthlessness was impressive when Eden Hazard created the first for Bakayoko and then Willian and Pedro added the second and third. In injury-time at the end of the game there was a fine goal from substitute Laurent Depoitre – it turned out to be the last action of the game – and it was very late for Huddersfield to have their first serious attempt on goal. By then Conte had replaced Hazard, N’golo Kante and finally Andreas Christensen eventually bringing on the 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu to play at centre-back. Yet even so it had taken that long for Huddersfield to put a decent ball into the area for one of their strikers, first Steve Mounie and then his replacement Depoitre. Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) Before the victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend, Huddersfield were on a streak of four defeats in a row and they are next back at home for the visits of Stoke and Burnley after Christmas, in a league where fortunes can change very quickly. It certainly felt like a world away from the day in October that Manchester United were beaten in West Yorkshire, lacking all of the intensity and determination that gets shock results like that. It was a cold and wet night and yet it was never intimidating for the home side who had all the time they needed on the ball and barely put a foot wrong as a consequence. Chelsea made light work of Huddersfield Credit: GETTY IMAGES Their record at home to the traditional big sides has been respectable, the drubbing from Arsenal excepted, yet the Huddersfield approach to taking on the champions was a puzzle from the start: no pressing of any note, and just a nine man wall behind the ball that dropped ever deeper. It meant that there was no tempo to the home side and no possibility of the home crowd to get behind David Wagner’s players who did not muster a single attempt on target in the first half and barely had a period of possession to speak of. Instead they spent a lot of time nervously watching Chelsea switch play from one side to the other, probing away until a breakthrough was inevitable. Average touch positions (0 min) The champions switched their formation and it was bad news for Michy Batshuayi for whom there was no place even without Alvaro Morata in the team. Instead Eden Hazard occupied the centre-forward territory and at the back Conte left out Gary Cahill for Antonio Rudiger, presumably with the defeat to West Ham on Saturday still fresh in his mind. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea It was so easy for Chelsea in the first half it was hard to judge how that might have improved the team. They ran the game for the entirety of the 45 minutes and without pressure on their possession broke through on 23 minutes when the Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl slipped over as he cleared the ball and it went in the direction of Victor Moses. Even from that point there was much to do, with the winger directing a header into Hazard, and the ruthlessness with which Chelsea exploited the space was remarkable. Hazard flicked the ball to Willian, back in the team, and he played in Bakayoko down the left who got the ball over Lossl and in. There was an attempt by Chris Lowe to get the ball out the goalmouth but he could not get his feet right in time and ended up needing treatment himself. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) It got little better for Huddersfield, standing off their opponents and letting Cesar Azpilicueta switch the play on 43 minutes to the left where Marcos Alonso was given the time to cross to the back post for WIllian to head in unchallenged. They should have had here by half-time but Lossl blocked Pedro’s shot from Hazard’s ball out to him in the right channel. Wagner did try to change his side at half-time, bringing on the 35-year-old Dean Whitehead in midfield in what seemed like an attempt to retain possession for longer than they had managed until that point. It was an inauspicious start to the second half for the home side with a third goal within five minutes – yet another cross from Alonso, poorly defended by Christopher Schindler and right into the path of Pedro who buried his chance. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) There was eventually a run-out for Batshuayi who came on as a centre-forward in a game that his team were cruising through. At half-time Huddersfield’s on-pitch announcer had offered the opinion that Chelsea’s players “deserved their half-time hot water bottles” and although it was meant in jest, with a reference to last weekend’s attempt to beat the cold, they really might as well have been playing with them. Finally, at the death, and with Chelsea’s team re-arranged, Depoitre glanced in a header from the cross of his fellow substitute Florent Hadergjonaj, although by then the away team’s thoughts had already turned to home.    10:02PM Hazard and Willian post-match Hazard We have a lot of games in a short period and last year we didn't have this because of Champions League. We can deal with that, we have a lot of players but of course we want to rest a little bit more. Are you out of the title race? Willian We know now it's difficult, 14 points - Hazard butts in: 11 points. We won today. We're back in it! 9:51PM FULL TIME Despite that brief moment of excitement, in the end, this match was easy for Chelsea and the win entirely deserved. They kept Huddersfield subdued throughout and though Conte's side were impressive, Wagner's made it easy. They offered mostly nothing to the game. 9:50PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE SCORED! ALERT THE COASTGUARD! Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) It's a great cross but Depoitre does superbly to steal ahead of Rudiger to power his header beyond the reach of Courtois! 9:47PM 90 mins +2 Great save Courtois! The ball comes off Ampadu's head and the goalkeeper has to react to turn that away.  9:47PM 90 mins +1 A Huddersfield shot! Rejoice! The ball sits nicely for Williams, he has time and lines up a long range effort.. but drags the ball wide, hits his own player and gives away a goal kick. Not good enough. Miss: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Danny Williams, 90 min)   9:45PM 90 mins Batshuayi comes to life in the penalty area - that's where he knows what's going on! He controls a cross from the right, shows quick feet to create space and allow a shot past the goalkeeper at a narrow angle and it's heading into the back of the net... but the referee blows his whistle for handball. It came off Batshuayi's hand, replays show. 9:42PM 87 mins Ampadu is playing as the central defender of the three and has spread some really nice passes out to wide areas. He takes a touch, looks up and spots Moses running down the right wing and chips a 40/50 yard pass which lands at his feet. 9:40PM 84 mins Batshuayi has been caught miles offside twice since coming on, displaying his regrettable tendency to appear unaware of his surroundings.   9:36PM 81 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  Christensen comes off for Ethan Ampadu, a Welsh 17-year-old midfielder. He's dropped into central defence. 9:34PM 79 mins Chelsea are passing the ball around wonderfully, hitting first time passes and moving on to receive the return. The thing is, they're finding the space to play these one-twos so easy to gain that they're able to experiment with flicks and have an extra few miliseconds to pick their next move. 9:31PM 76 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea That's an improvement! And you'll be pleased to know that Huddersfield now have a forward player with an average position in front of the halfway line.  9:30PM 75 mins And the thing is, when Huddersfield do attack quickly, they look dangerous. Ish. They have pace in wide areas, Mooy is a good runner with the ball through the middle and they're keeping Chelsea subdued by pressing them higher now. Depoitre comes on for Mounie and Chelsea are on the attack straight away. Willian delays his pass to Alonso, forcing play out wide and then the Spaniard's cross is blocked. 9:28PM 72 mins N'Golo Kante comes off for Danny Drinkwater. Someone is banging a drum in the Huddersfield crowd, setting a tempo the team cannot dance to because they can't get on the ball. 9:25PM 69 mins Ince hits a shot from 20 yards but gets it all wrong. Chris Lowe goes off for Hadergjonaj.  Chelsea attack at speed but Pedro gets underneath his shot, leaning back, and chips it way into the stand. Huddersfield have switched to a back three but another mistake gets Bakayoko away down the left, he curls an early cross into Hazard, who flicks it (again) to Pedro, who shoots wide (again). Out: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 68 min) And that's the end of Hazard's night. Batshuayi is on. 9:21PM 66 mins This is much better from Huddersfield. They're attacking (finally!) down the channels and are able to link a few passes together as Chelsea are forced backwards. It's still too static though and midfielders are quickly running out of passing options, having to then go back to the defenders. 9:19PM 63 mins Hazard has room in the box! He dummies the defender, wins some space and then shoots low at the goal from a narrow angle, winning a corner. So close.  Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 60 min) Huddersfield clear their lines after Bakayoko nearly gets a header at goal... and Chelsea win it back. Willian turns on the Brazilian flair with a flip-flap which draws a gasp from the watching crowd and then suddenly the home team can actually get forward at speed. Ince goes behind Azpilicueta, momentum carrying him beyond the tackle.. and he might score here! One on one... saved! Great chance. Huddersfield have started pushing forward and it's working. Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Tom Ince, 61 min) Zanka tries a long range effort from 35 yards... and it fizzes over the bar! Courtois looked beaten there and it wasn't far away!   9:16PM 60 mins Hazard keeps doing these deceiving backheel flicks and it's tearing holes in the centre of Huddersfield's defence. he's just done it again, sending Willian away and then racing forwards to try and get the reverse pass which doesn't come. Chelsea still with time and space to pass the ball around, nobody ever really being put under too much pressure - Huddersfield are still deep behind the ball and being slowly carved apart. Average touch positions (60 min)   9:12PM 57 mins Here's a photo of Bakayoko's finish (or is it assist?) for Chelsea's opener. Credit: PA The crowd are beginning to turn on their players a wee bit - they want more! That said, the majority are still making a lot of noise singing the team on. There's a touch more urgency about Huddersfield's pressing now too and they've come out of their deep defensive shape, pushing higher up the pitch. Well, they did for about 20 seconds, they're now all back in the final third, except Mounie, who is a passenger.  9:10PM 54 mins Kachunga gets the ball, some midfielders consider moving up the pitch, don't, Kachunga has to go backwards, can't make up his mind and wins a free-kick in his own half. It's like Huddersfield know they can't win and just want this to be over with. Chelsea can be had.  Zanka should be booked for a foul on Hazard but gets away with it. 9:08PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! It's three. So much time and space. Alonso has it, curls in a cross and Pedro has ages to line up his finish and buries the ball. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) Robbie Savage seems to share my sentiments. If they're going to sit back and defend, they need to do so with a lot more bite than this.  9:05PM 48 mins Chelsea in control of the second half already. Nothing has changed. It's big task for Huddersfield to beat Chelsea but imagine you'd paid £30,£40,£50 (and the rest!) a ticket and had to watch your team defend near their own box the entire time without ambition.  9:04PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! 8:51PM The stats Average touch positions (half time) Completely boxed in. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea Chelsea have played really well here but there's energy and tenacity in this Huddersfield team. A more dynamic approach to the second half should at least help balance the match though with the score as it is, Chelsea can relax a little and try to exploit gaps left by Huddersfield searching for a way back into it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.  8:47PM HALF TIME Deserved lead for Chelsea, who are in complete control without having to really try. Is it a change of shape? A change of approach? Huddersfield might as well try something. 8:46PM 45 mins And it's very nearly three! Pedro should really score but doesn't get enough height on his shot and actually, it's a great save by Lossl.  8:44PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Azpilicueta switches play with a long ball to the left wing, the cross comes in and Willian wins a header to make it two. Huddersfield 0 - 2 Chelsea (Willian, 43 min) Huddersfield might as well have not bothered turning up for this. It's not that they look out of their depth, and Chelsea have been good, it's just that Huddersfield have not done anything in the way of attacking, or keeping the ball, or pressing... and Chelsea are easily able to score their second. 8:42PM 42 mins Controversy! The replay of that goal shows that it may well be Lowe's own goal rather than Bakayoko. The Frenchman's chipped finish looked to be heading wide of the far post until the Huddersfield man inadvertently turned it into his own net. 8:40PM 41 mins Huddersfield threaten to cause a bit of trouble in Chelsea's box! Kachunga tries a clever pass into the channel, the ball drops to Ince 25 yards out and he has time to line up the shot. "SHOOOOOT!" yells the crowd but he pokes it wide left inside and the player overlapping loses out. Chelsea move up the pitch and win a free-kick wide right. JUST WIDE! Bakayoko beats his man to the header but can only direct it wide of the far post. Decent attempt. Out: Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 40 min)   8:37PM 38 mins Willian sends a free-kick in from wide left, it strikes a bunch of bodies at the near post and Kante blasts the rebound wildly over the bar. I need Darren Fletcher to stop calling them 'Jake and the Boys'. It makes me wince every time he says it. I'm doing it now just thinking about him saying it again. Please. Please stop. 8:35PM 35 mins On replay, Hazard's deft backheel flick to set up Willian for Chelsea's goal is unbelievably cool. He's been superb in recent weeks, and with confidence he tends to try little bits of skill that make him look even better. Alonso strides forward and for moment it looks like he has three options to aim a cross at in the penalty area... but the defender comes across and blocks. Chelsea build from the back again, switching wings and probing for weakness. 8:31PM 32 mins Every time Huddersfield win the ball near their own box they knock it long and Mounie can't do anything with it. He's completely isolated and nothing's changed since kick-off - he'll be exhausted, if not bored to death, by half time.  The absolute state of this: Huddersfield vs Chelsea This isn't an amateur, non-league team against Chelsea. It's the 12th placed Premier League side.   8:28PM 29 mins Chelsea not finding this difficult at all. Hazard and Willian combine in the final third with some lovely first-time back heel flicks to send Hazard away in behind the defence but the defence deals with it and puts the ball out of play. Chelsea keep coming at them, like a football wolf. 8:25PM 26 mins And the thing is, Huddersfield earned promotion by playing forward thinking football, attacking, pressing, counter-attacking quickly - this is nothing but an attempt but to imagine time doesn't exist for 90 minutes. Sure, Chelsea have much better players but they are literally in the same league. Have a go! How will they respond? 8:24PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! And there it is! Truly, that was inevitable. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) The goalkeeper's kick is poor, Chelsea win it back inside the Huddersfield half and Bakayoko is played in with a through-pass, chipping over Lossl. 8:23PM 22 mins Credit: REUTERS Huddersfield really haven't come here to play football. They have no out-ball and Chelsea are absorbing every long pass they make - it's surely unsustainable for an entire match and you think that at some point they'll open up a bit. Probably after conceding the first goal, judging by this game so far.  8:18PM 19 mins A CORNER! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE A CORNER! Kachunga sends a cross in from the right and Moses shields it behind. The ball is headed by a Chelsea defender, put back in the area... and Mounie is offside. 8:15PM 16 mins Lossl flaps a cross forward and Huddersfield try to break, winning a throw-in near the half way line. Christensen is alert to a through-ball into the forwards and passes back to Courtois, who boots it up the pitch.  Azpilicueta crosses early to Willian, who tries to chest the ball and turn his marker but can't. Alonso overlaps and gets a chipped pass to feet, Willian tries to force a shot, Moses is blocked on the right and Chelsea win the ball back as Huddersfield are unable to to get out of their own half. 8:12PM 13 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea   8:11PM 12 mins Huddersfield finally get hold of the ball and move up the pitch! Mooy tries to smash a volley from 20 yards but is blocked and Chelsea mop up the danger. Credit: REUTERS   8:09PM 9 mins I think Huddersfield have touched the ball twice in the Chelsea half so far. Alonso and Moses are hugging the touchlines to stretch play and allow space for the front three. Huddersfield win a tackle at the halfway line and immediately lose the ball. This should give an idea of how one-sided the game is in the opening 10 minutes: Average touch positions (9 min)   8:06PM 6 mins Hazard is in... but looks offside. He tries to control the pass and crowd falls awfully silent, as though they can't believe he's onside... but he is... and his touch just isn't quite good enough, dropping into the goalkeeper's hands.  And Pedro has scored, but is offside. The opening goal is coming - the front three of Chelsea are at it here. 8:03PM 3 mins Pedro gets in behind the defence early on but he's about 20 miles offside. Chelsea already dominating possession as Huddersfield sit back in numbers inviting them onwards. They're poised to spring but Chelsea are moving the ball around nicely. 8:00PM KICK-OFF And they're off. Chelsea get us started. 7:57PM Here come the players It's raining in Huddersfield but the fans are making a lot of noise. Can they pull off a shock result tonight? 7:49PM Tom Ince Still hasn't scored or assisted in the Premier League for Huddersfield yet and is the focus of the local paper's back page. "He just needs to relax a bit and it'll come," says Gerrard as Cole points out that Huddersfield's low block, rigid counter-attack is well suited to churning out points but doesn't allow free-flowing attacking football - the style of play that would really suit Tom Ince, for example. 7:35PM Huddersfield giving the real Behind the Scenes �� John Iga runs #htafc's starting line-up through a pre-match warm-up (AT) pic.twitter.com/R6IhsJHZAu— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 I love the access that fans have to wee videos like this nowadays, even if you have to access them on Twitter. Life is happier without it.   7:31PM Hazard magic Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Chelsea going without a recognised central striker, that clears the way for Eden Hazard to terrorise Huddersfield in that withdrawn, half-10, half-9 position that is starting to become popular in the Premier League. Liverpool do it with Firmino and Salah, Man City often do it with Sterling, Jesus and Sane swapping positions. Pedro, Willian and Hazard will switch positions all the way through tonight - the Huddersfield defence will be busy. 7:27PM Joe Cole! That's where he's been! Joe Cole, ex-Chelsea midfielder, is in the BT Sport studio tonight alongside Steven Gerrard, who thinks Antonio Conte will be extremely disappointed after Chelsea's weekend defeat to West Ham. "He'll be after a response, a reaction tonight," says Gerrard. Cole has suggested that Chelsea will focus play through the middle of attack tonight, which explains Batshuayi's absence (even if it now seems certain Conte wouldn't trust him to lead the line unless out of other options). 7:03PM Starting lineups Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: Head Coach David Wagner has made one change to his #htafc starting line-up for this evening's @premierleague match against @ChelseaFC; 8pm kick-off. ➡️ Danny Williams ⬅️ @CollinQuaner (AT) pic.twitter.com/j7TGwg5709— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 Chelsea Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/91wXCZaIoS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017 Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Musonda, Batshuayi 6:57PM Chelsea's social media person getting excited Here come the boys! Let's do this. �� #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/G8rsG46gMO— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017   4:58PM Hello! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for Chelsea's visit to Huddersfield on a cold Tuesday night. The fun never stops for Premier League footballers come wind, rain or lots of snow and you can follow all the action from the warmth of your home while professional athletes endure freezing conditions to provide entertainment, in the quest for points. Antonio Conte will provide some heat for his team, no doubt fired up by Chelsea's shock defeat to lowly West Ham on the weekend. They are without bringer of goals (frankincense and myrrh), Alvaro Morata, who has a back injury and can't play. It's expected that Conte will make more changes though in a bid to freshen up the squad and ensure they don't drop any more points in their race for a top four position.  Pick your Chelsea team to face Huddersfield Michy Batshuayi could be handed a start due to Morata's injury but his performances and Conte's apparent lack of trust in the striker might lead to a frontline of Eden Hazard and Willian, with Pedro possibly thrown in for good measure. Huddersfield top scorer Steve Mounie will be lurking around the penalty area trying to make sure David Wagner's side maximise opportunities in a game they know will be tough. Pick your Huddersfield team to face Chelsea Wagner said, "I would take an ugly set-piece goal if it settles the match in our favour. I will take everything against a team like Chelsea. We have to be on a top performance. We cannot give one easy chance away. "We have to avoid unforced errors and have to be at our top level and then we will see how this team works. It's a little bit like a cup tie. Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager: When we lose I'm not happy, in 16 games we lost four games. My experience tells (me) it's impossible to win the title. Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best. This league is not simple. We have to fight to find a place in the Champions League. (But) we must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game, play every game with 120 per cent of our strength, otherwise we risk to have a bad surprise at the end of the season. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Huddersfield 1 Chelsea 3: live reaction as Antonio Conte's side breeze to victory

The Premier League title was all but conceded by Antonio Conte on Saturday and yet three days later, Chelsea played like champions all over again with a demolition of one of the league’s newly-promoted teams and a sign that they are at least able to pick themselves up and continue the pursuit. It was a victory that was never once in doubt, and beginning with a goal from Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those at fault against West Ham, they never looked back against a Huddersfield Town who looked frankly overwhelmed from the very start. Antonio Conte made changes to his side, without the injured Alvaro Morata, and they looked like a team who were responding to a manager who had told them that three defeats to Burnley, Crystal Palace and most recently West Ham was simply not good enough.     They dominated Huddersfield, although they were allowed to do so, and although they had the run of the pitch, the ruthlessness was impressive when Eden Hazard created the first for Bakayoko and then Willian and Pedro added the second and third. In injury-time at the end of the game there was a fine goal from substitute Laurent Depoitre – it turned out to be the last action of the game – and it was very late for Huddersfield to have their first serious attempt on goal. By then Conte had replaced Hazard, N’golo Kante and finally Andreas Christensen eventually bringing on the 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu to play at centre-back. Yet even so it had taken that long for Huddersfield to put a decent ball into the area for one of their strikers, first Steve Mounie and then his replacement Depoitre. Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) Before the victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend, Huddersfield were on a streak of four defeats in a row and they are next back at home for the visits of Stoke and Burnley after Christmas, in a league where fortunes can change very quickly. It certainly felt like a world away from the day in October that Manchester United were beaten in West Yorkshire, lacking all of the intensity and determination that gets shock results like that. It was a cold and wet night and yet it was never intimidating for the home side who had all the time they needed on the ball and barely put a foot wrong as a consequence. Chelsea made light work of Huddersfield Credit: GETTY IMAGES Their record at home to the traditional big sides has been respectable, the drubbing from Arsenal excepted, yet the Huddersfield approach to taking on the champions was a puzzle from the start: no pressing of any note, and just a nine man wall behind the ball that dropped ever deeper. It meant that there was no tempo to the home side and no possibility of the home crowd to get behind David Wagner’s players who did not muster a single attempt on target in the first half and barely had a period of possession to speak of. Instead they spent a lot of time nervously watching Chelsea switch play from one side to the other, probing away until a breakthrough was inevitable. Average touch positions (0 min) The champions switched their formation and it was bad news for Michy Batshuayi for whom there was no place even without Alvaro Morata in the team. Instead Eden Hazard occupied the centre-forward territory and at the back Conte left out Gary Cahill for Antonio Rudiger, presumably with the defeat to West Ham on Saturday still fresh in his mind. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea It was so easy for Chelsea in the first half it was hard to judge how that might have improved the team. They ran the game for the entirety of the 45 minutes and without pressure on their possession broke through on 23 minutes when the Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl slipped over as he cleared the ball and it went in the direction of Victor Moses. Even from that point there was much to do, with the winger directing a header into Hazard, and the ruthlessness with which Chelsea exploited the space was remarkable. Hazard flicked the ball to Willian, back in the team, and he played in Bakayoko down the left who got the ball over Lossl and in. There was an attempt by Chris Lowe to get the ball out the goalmouth but he could not get his feet right in time and ended up needing treatment himself. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) It got little better for Huddersfield, standing off their opponents and letting Cesar Azpilicueta switch the play on 43 minutes to the left where Marcos Alonso was given the time to cross to the back post for WIllian to head in unchallenged. They should have had here by half-time but Lossl blocked Pedro’s shot from Hazard’s ball out to him in the right channel. Wagner did try to change his side at half-time, bringing on the 35-year-old Dean Whitehead in midfield in what seemed like an attempt to retain possession for longer than they had managed until that point. It was an inauspicious start to the second half for the home side with a third goal within five minutes – yet another cross from Alonso, poorly defended by Christopher Schindler and right into the path of Pedro who buried his chance. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) There was eventually a run-out for Batshuayi who came on as a centre-forward in a game that his team were cruising through. At half-time Huddersfield’s on-pitch announcer had offered the opinion that Chelsea’s players “deserved their half-time hot water bottles” and although it was meant in jest, with a reference to last weekend’s attempt to beat the cold, they really might as well have been playing with them. Finally, at the death, and with Chelsea’s team re-arranged, Depoitre glanced in a header from the cross of his fellow substitute Florent Hadergjonaj, although by then the away team’s thoughts had already turned to home.    10:02PM Hazard and Willian post-match Hazard We have a lot of games in a short period and last year we didn't have this because of Champions League. We can deal with that, we have a lot of players but of course we want to rest a little bit more. Are you out of the title race? Willian We know now it's difficult, 14 points - Hazard butts in: 11 points. We won today. We're back in it! 9:51PM FULL TIME Despite that brief moment of excitement, in the end, this match was easy for Chelsea and the win entirely deserved. They kept Huddersfield subdued throughout and though Conte's side were impressive, Wagner's made it easy. They offered mostly nothing to the game. 9:50PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE SCORED! ALERT THE COASTGUARD! Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) It's a great cross but Depoitre does superbly to steal ahead of Rudiger to power his header beyond the reach of Courtois! 9:47PM 90 mins +2 Great save Courtois! The ball comes off Ampadu's head and the goalkeeper has to react to turn that away.  9:47PM 90 mins +1 A Huddersfield shot! Rejoice! The ball sits nicely for Williams, he has time and lines up a long range effort.. but drags the ball wide, hits his own player and gives away a goal kick. Not good enough. Miss: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Danny Williams, 90 min)   9:45PM 90 mins Batshuayi comes to life in the penalty area - that's where he knows what's going on! He controls a cross from the right, shows quick feet to create space and allow a shot past the goalkeeper at a narrow angle and it's heading into the back of the net... but the referee blows his whistle for handball. It came off Batshuayi's hand, replays show. 9:42PM 87 mins Ampadu is playing as the central defender of the three and has spread some really nice passes out to wide areas. He takes a touch, looks up and spots Moses running down the right wing and chips a 40/50 yard pass which lands at his feet. 9:40PM 84 mins Batshuayi has been caught miles offside twice since coming on, displaying his regrettable tendency to appear unaware of his surroundings.   9:36PM 81 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  Christensen comes off for Ethan Ampadu, a Welsh 17-year-old midfielder. He's dropped into central defence. 9:34PM 79 mins Chelsea are passing the ball around wonderfully, hitting first time passes and moving on to receive the return. The thing is, they're finding the space to play these one-twos so easy to gain that they're able to experiment with flicks and have an extra few miliseconds to pick their next move. 9:31PM 76 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea That's an improvement! And you'll be pleased to know that Huddersfield now have a forward player with an average position in front of the halfway line.  9:30PM 75 mins And the thing is, when Huddersfield do attack quickly, they look dangerous. Ish. They have pace in wide areas, Mooy is a good runner with the ball through the middle and they're keeping Chelsea subdued by pressing them higher now. Depoitre comes on for Mounie and Chelsea are on the attack straight away. Willian delays his pass to Alonso, forcing play out wide and then the Spaniard's cross is blocked. 9:28PM 72 mins N'Golo Kante comes off for Danny Drinkwater. Someone is banging a drum in the Huddersfield crowd, setting a tempo the team cannot dance to because they can't get on the ball. 9:25PM 69 mins Ince hits a shot from 20 yards but gets it all wrong. Chris Lowe goes off for Hadergjonaj.  Chelsea attack at speed but Pedro gets underneath his shot, leaning back, and chips it way into the stand. Huddersfield have switched to a back three but another mistake gets Bakayoko away down the left, he curls an early cross into Hazard, who flicks it (again) to Pedro, who shoots wide (again). Out: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 68 min) And that's the end of Hazard's night. Batshuayi is on. 9:21PM 66 mins This is much better from Huddersfield. They're attacking (finally!) down the channels and are able to link a few passes together as Chelsea are forced backwards. It's still too static though and midfielders are quickly running out of passing options, having to then go back to the defenders. 9:19PM 63 mins Hazard has room in the box! He dummies the defender, wins some space and then shoots low at the goal from a narrow angle, winning a corner. So close.  Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 60 min) Huddersfield clear their lines after Bakayoko nearly gets a header at goal... and Chelsea win it back. Willian turns on the Brazilian flair with a flip-flap which draws a gasp from the watching crowd and then suddenly the home team can actually get forward at speed. Ince goes behind Azpilicueta, momentum carrying him beyond the tackle.. and he might score here! One on one... saved! Great chance. Huddersfield have started pushing forward and it's working. Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Tom Ince, 61 min) Zanka tries a long range effort from 35 yards... and it fizzes over the bar! Courtois looked beaten there and it wasn't far away!   9:16PM 60 mins Hazard keeps doing these deceiving backheel flicks and it's tearing holes in the centre of Huddersfield's defence. he's just done it again, sending Willian away and then racing forwards to try and get the reverse pass which doesn't come. Chelsea still with time and space to pass the ball around, nobody ever really being put under too much pressure - Huddersfield are still deep behind the ball and being slowly carved apart. Average touch positions (60 min)   9:12PM 57 mins Here's a photo of Bakayoko's finish (or is it assist?) for Chelsea's opener. Credit: PA The crowd are beginning to turn on their players a wee bit - they want more! That said, the majority are still making a lot of noise singing the team on. There's a touch more urgency about Huddersfield's pressing now too and they've come out of their deep defensive shape, pushing higher up the pitch. Well, they did for about 20 seconds, they're now all back in the final third, except Mounie, who is a passenger.  9:10PM 54 mins Kachunga gets the ball, some midfielders consider moving up the pitch, don't, Kachunga has to go backwards, can't make up his mind and wins a free-kick in his own half. It's like Huddersfield know they can't win and just want this to be over with. Chelsea can be had.  Zanka should be booked for a foul on Hazard but gets away with it. 9:08PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! It's three. So much time and space. Alonso has it, curls in a cross and Pedro has ages to line up his finish and buries the ball. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) Robbie Savage seems to share my sentiments. If they're going to sit back and defend, they need to do so with a lot more bite than this.  9:05PM 48 mins Chelsea in control of the second half already. Nothing has changed. It's big task for Huddersfield to beat Chelsea but imagine you'd paid £30,£40,£50 (and the rest!) a ticket and had to watch your team defend near their own box the entire time without ambition.  9:04PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! 8:51PM The stats Average touch positions (half time) Completely boxed in. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea Chelsea have played really well here but there's energy and tenacity in this Huddersfield team. A more dynamic approach to the second half should at least help balance the match though with the score as it is, Chelsea can relax a little and try to exploit gaps left by Huddersfield searching for a way back into it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.  8:47PM HALF TIME Deserved lead for Chelsea, who are in complete control without having to really try. Is it a change of shape? A change of approach? Huddersfield might as well try something. 8:46PM 45 mins And it's very nearly three! Pedro should really score but doesn't get enough height on his shot and actually, it's a great save by Lossl.  8:44PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Azpilicueta switches play with a long ball to the left wing, the cross comes in and Willian wins a header to make it two. Huddersfield 0 - 2 Chelsea (Willian, 43 min) Huddersfield might as well have not bothered turning up for this. It's not that they look out of their depth, and Chelsea have been good, it's just that Huddersfield have not done anything in the way of attacking, or keeping the ball, or pressing... and Chelsea are easily able to score their second. 8:42PM 42 mins Controversy! The replay of that goal shows that it may well be Lowe's own goal rather than Bakayoko. The Frenchman's chipped finish looked to be heading wide of the far post until the Huddersfield man inadvertently turned it into his own net. 8:40PM 41 mins Huddersfield threaten to cause a bit of trouble in Chelsea's box! Kachunga tries a clever pass into the channel, the ball drops to Ince 25 yards out and he has time to line up the shot. "SHOOOOOT!" yells the crowd but he pokes it wide left inside and the player overlapping loses out. Chelsea move up the pitch and win a free-kick wide right. JUST WIDE! Bakayoko beats his man to the header but can only direct it wide of the far post. Decent attempt. Out: Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 40 min)   8:37PM 38 mins Willian sends a free-kick in from wide left, it strikes a bunch of bodies at the near post and Kante blasts the rebound wildly over the bar. I need Darren Fletcher to stop calling them 'Jake and the Boys'. It makes me wince every time he says it. I'm doing it now just thinking about him saying it again. Please. Please stop. 8:35PM 35 mins On replay, Hazard's deft backheel flick to set up Willian for Chelsea's goal is unbelievably cool. He's been superb in recent weeks, and with confidence he tends to try little bits of skill that make him look even better. Alonso strides forward and for moment it looks like he has three options to aim a cross at in the penalty area... but the defender comes across and blocks. Chelsea build from the back again, switching wings and probing for weakness. 8:31PM 32 mins Every time Huddersfield win the ball near their own box they knock it long and Mounie can't do anything with it. He's completely isolated and nothing's changed since kick-off - he'll be exhausted, if not bored to death, by half time.  The absolute state of this: Huddersfield vs Chelsea This isn't an amateur, non-league team against Chelsea. It's the 12th placed Premier League side.   8:28PM 29 mins Chelsea not finding this difficult at all. Hazard and Willian combine in the final third with some lovely first-time back heel flicks to send Hazard away in behind the defence but the defence deals with it and puts the ball out of play. Chelsea keep coming at them, like a football wolf. 8:25PM 26 mins And the thing is, Huddersfield earned promotion by playing forward thinking football, attacking, pressing, counter-attacking quickly - this is nothing but an attempt but to imagine time doesn't exist for 90 minutes. Sure, Chelsea have much better players but they are literally in the same league. Have a go! How will they respond? 8:24PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! And there it is! Truly, that was inevitable. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) The goalkeeper's kick is poor, Chelsea win it back inside the Huddersfield half and Bakayoko is played in with a through-pass, chipping over Lossl. 8:23PM 22 mins Credit: REUTERS Huddersfield really haven't come here to play football. They have no out-ball and Chelsea are absorbing every long pass they make - it's surely unsustainable for an entire match and you think that at some point they'll open up a bit. Probably after conceding the first goal, judging by this game so far.  8:18PM 19 mins A CORNER! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE A CORNER! Kachunga sends a cross in from the right and Moses shields it behind. The ball is headed by a Chelsea defender, put back in the area... and Mounie is offside. 8:15PM 16 mins Lossl flaps a cross forward and Huddersfield try to break, winning a throw-in near the half way line. Christensen is alert to a through-ball into the forwards and passes back to Courtois, who boots it up the pitch.  Azpilicueta crosses early to Willian, who tries to chest the ball and turn his marker but can't. Alonso overlaps and gets a chipped pass to feet, Willian tries to force a shot, Moses is blocked on the right and Chelsea win the ball back as Huddersfield are unable to to get out of their own half. 8:12PM 13 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea   8:11PM 12 mins Huddersfield finally get hold of the ball and move up the pitch! Mooy tries to smash a volley from 20 yards but is blocked and Chelsea mop up the danger. Credit: REUTERS   8:09PM 9 mins I think Huddersfield have touched the ball twice in the Chelsea half so far. Alonso and Moses are hugging the touchlines to stretch play and allow space for the front three. Huddersfield win a tackle at the halfway line and immediately lose the ball. This should give an idea of how one-sided the game is in the opening 10 minutes: Average touch positions (9 min)   8:06PM 6 mins Hazard is in... but looks offside. He tries to control the pass and crowd falls awfully silent, as though they can't believe he's onside... but he is... and his touch just isn't quite good enough, dropping into the goalkeeper's hands.  And Pedro has scored, but is offside. The opening goal is coming - the front three of Chelsea are at it here. 8:03PM 3 mins Pedro gets in behind the defence early on but he's about 20 miles offside. Chelsea already dominating possession as Huddersfield sit back in numbers inviting them onwards. They're poised to spring but Chelsea are moving the ball around nicely. 8:00PM KICK-OFF And they're off. Chelsea get us started. 7:57PM Here come the players It's raining in Huddersfield but the fans are making a lot of noise. Can they pull off a shock result tonight? 7:49PM Tom Ince Still hasn't scored or assisted in the Premier League for Huddersfield yet and is the focus of the local paper's back page. "He just needs to relax a bit and it'll come," says Gerrard as Cole points out that Huddersfield's low block, rigid counter-attack is well suited to churning out points but doesn't allow free-flowing attacking football - the style of play that would really suit Tom Ince, for example. 7:35PM Huddersfield giving the real Behind the Scenes �� John Iga runs #htafc's starting line-up through a pre-match warm-up (AT) pic.twitter.com/R6IhsJHZAu— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 I love the access that fans have to wee videos like this nowadays, even if you have to access them on Twitter. Life is happier without it.   7:31PM Hazard magic Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Chelsea going without a recognised central striker, that clears the way for Eden Hazard to terrorise Huddersfield in that withdrawn, half-10, half-9 position that is starting to become popular in the Premier League. Liverpool do it with Firmino and Salah, Man City often do it with Sterling, Jesus and Sane swapping positions. Pedro, Willian and Hazard will switch positions all the way through tonight - the Huddersfield defence will be busy. 7:27PM Joe Cole! That's where he's been! Joe Cole, ex-Chelsea midfielder, is in the BT Sport studio tonight alongside Steven Gerrard, who thinks Antonio Conte will be extremely disappointed after Chelsea's weekend defeat to West Ham. "He'll be after a response, a reaction tonight," says Gerrard. Cole has suggested that Chelsea will focus play through the middle of attack tonight, which explains Batshuayi's absence (even if it now seems certain Conte wouldn't trust him to lead the line unless out of other options). 7:03PM Starting lineups Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: Head Coach David Wagner has made one change to his #htafc starting line-up for this evening's @premierleague match against @ChelseaFC; 8pm kick-off. ➡️ Danny Williams ⬅️ @CollinQuaner (AT) pic.twitter.com/j7TGwg5709— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 Chelsea Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/91wXCZaIoS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017 Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Musonda, Batshuayi 6:57PM Chelsea's social media person getting excited Here come the boys! Let's do this. �� #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/G8rsG46gMO— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017   4:58PM Hello! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for Chelsea's visit to Huddersfield on a cold Tuesday night. The fun never stops for Premier League footballers come wind, rain or lots of snow and you can follow all the action from the warmth of your home while professional athletes endure freezing conditions to provide entertainment, in the quest for points. Antonio Conte will provide some heat for his team, no doubt fired up by Chelsea's shock defeat to lowly West Ham on the weekend. They are without bringer of goals (frankincense and myrrh), Alvaro Morata, who has a back injury and can't play. It's expected that Conte will make more changes though in a bid to freshen up the squad and ensure they don't drop any more points in their race for a top four position.  Pick your Chelsea team to face Huddersfield Michy Batshuayi could be handed a start due to Morata's injury but his performances and Conte's apparent lack of trust in the striker might lead to a frontline of Eden Hazard and Willian, with Pedro possibly thrown in for good measure. Huddersfield top scorer Steve Mounie will be lurking around the penalty area trying to make sure David Wagner's side maximise opportunities in a game they know will be tough. Pick your Huddersfield team to face Chelsea Wagner said, "I would take an ugly set-piece goal if it settles the match in our favour. I will take everything against a team like Chelsea. We have to be on a top performance. We cannot give one easy chance away. "We have to avoid unforced errors and have to be at our top level and then we will see how this team works. It's a little bit like a cup tie. Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager: When we lose I'm not happy, in 16 games we lost four games. My experience tells (me) it's impossible to win the title. Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best. This league is not simple. We have to fight to find a place in the Champions League. (But) we must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game, play every game with 120 per cent of our strength, otherwise we risk to have a bad surprise at the end of the season. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Huddersfield 1 Chelsea 3: live reaction as Antonio Conte's side breeze to victory

The Premier League title was all but conceded by Antonio Conte on Saturday and yet three days later, Chelsea played like champions all over again with a demolition of one of the league’s newly-promoted teams and a sign that they are at least able to pick themselves up and continue the pursuit. It was a victory that was never once in doubt, and beginning with a goal from Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those at fault against West Ham, they never looked back against a Huddersfield Town who looked frankly overwhelmed from the very start. Antonio Conte made changes to his side, without the injured Alvaro Morata, and they looked like a team who were responding to a manager who had told them that three defeats to Burnley, Crystal Palace and most recently West Ham was simply not good enough.     They dominated Huddersfield, although they were allowed to do so, and although they had the run of the pitch, the ruthlessness was impressive when Eden Hazard created the first for Bakayoko and then Willian and Pedro added the second and third. In injury-time at the end of the game there was a fine goal from substitute Laurent Depoitre – it turned out to be the last action of the game – and it was very late for Huddersfield to have their first serious attempt on goal. By then Conte had replaced Hazard, N’golo Kante and finally Andreas Christensen eventually bringing on the 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu to play at centre-back. Yet even so it had taken that long for Huddersfield to put a decent ball into the area for one of their strikers, first Steve Mounie and then his replacement Depoitre. Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) Before the victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend, Huddersfield were on a streak of four defeats in a row and they are next back at home for the visits of Stoke and Burnley after Christmas, in a league where fortunes can change very quickly. It certainly felt like a world away from the day in October that Manchester United were beaten in West Yorkshire, lacking all of the intensity and determination that gets shock results like that. It was a cold and wet night and yet it was never intimidating for the home side who had all the time they needed on the ball and barely put a foot wrong as a consequence. Chelsea made light work of Huddersfield Credit: GETTY IMAGES Their record at home to the traditional big sides has been respectable, the drubbing from Arsenal excepted, yet the Huddersfield approach to taking on the champions was a puzzle from the start: no pressing of any note, and just a nine man wall behind the ball that dropped ever deeper. It meant that there was no tempo to the home side and no possibility of the home crowd to get behind David Wagner’s players who did not muster a single attempt on target in the first half and barely had a period of possession to speak of. Instead they spent a lot of time nervously watching Chelsea switch play from one side to the other, probing away until a breakthrough was inevitable. Average touch positions (0 min) The champions switched their formation and it was bad news for Michy Batshuayi for whom there was no place even without Alvaro Morata in the team. Instead Eden Hazard occupied the centre-forward territory and at the back Conte left out Gary Cahill for Antonio Rudiger, presumably with the defeat to West Ham on Saturday still fresh in his mind. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea It was so easy for Chelsea in the first half it was hard to judge how that might have improved the team. They ran the game for the entirety of the 45 minutes and without pressure on their possession broke through on 23 minutes when the Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl slipped over as he cleared the ball and it went in the direction of Victor Moses. Even from that point there was much to do, with the winger directing a header into Hazard, and the ruthlessness with which Chelsea exploited the space was remarkable. Hazard flicked the ball to Willian, back in the team, and he played in Bakayoko down the left who got the ball over Lossl and in. There was an attempt by Chris Lowe to get the ball out the goalmouth but he could not get his feet right in time and ended up needing treatment himself. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) It got little better for Huddersfield, standing off their opponents and letting Cesar Azpilicueta switch the play on 43 minutes to the left where Marcos Alonso was given the time to cross to the back post for WIllian to head in unchallenged. They should have had here by half-time but Lossl blocked Pedro’s shot from Hazard’s ball out to him in the right channel. Wagner did try to change his side at half-time, bringing on the 35-year-old Dean Whitehead in midfield in what seemed like an attempt to retain possession for longer than they had managed until that point. It was an inauspicious start to the second half for the home side with a third goal within five minutes – yet another cross from Alonso, poorly defended by Christopher Schindler and right into the path of Pedro who buried his chance. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) There was eventually a run-out for Batshuayi who came on as a centre-forward in a game that his team were cruising through. At half-time Huddersfield’s on-pitch announcer had offered the opinion that Chelsea’s players “deserved their half-time hot water bottles” and although it was meant in jest, with a reference to last weekend’s attempt to beat the cold, they really might as well have been playing with them. Finally, at the death, and with Chelsea’s team re-arranged, Depoitre glanced in a header from the cross of his fellow substitute Florent Hadergjonaj, although by then the away team’s thoughts had already turned to home.    10:02PM Hazard and Willian post-match Hazard We have a lot of games in a short period and last year we didn't have this because of Champions League. We can deal with that, we have a lot of players but of course we want to rest a little bit more. Are you out of the title race? Willian We know now it's difficult, 14 points - Hazard butts in: 11 points. We won today. We're back in it! 9:51PM FULL TIME Despite that brief moment of excitement, in the end, this match was easy for Chelsea and the win entirely deserved. They kept Huddersfield subdued throughout and though Conte's side were impressive, Wagner's made it easy. They offered mostly nothing to the game. 9:50PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE SCORED! ALERT THE COASTGUARD! Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) It's a great cross but Depoitre does superbly to steal ahead of Rudiger to power his header beyond the reach of Courtois! 9:47PM 90 mins +2 Great save Courtois! The ball comes off Ampadu's head and the goalkeeper has to react to turn that away.  9:47PM 90 mins +1 A Huddersfield shot! Rejoice! The ball sits nicely for Williams, he has time and lines up a long range effort.. but drags the ball wide, hits his own player and gives away a goal kick. Not good enough. Miss: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Danny Williams, 90 min)   9:45PM 90 mins Batshuayi comes to life in the penalty area - that's where he knows what's going on! He controls a cross from the right, shows quick feet to create space and allow a shot past the goalkeeper at a narrow angle and it's heading into the back of the net... but the referee blows his whistle for handball. It came off Batshuayi's hand, replays show. 9:42PM 87 mins Ampadu is playing as the central defender of the three and has spread some really nice passes out to wide areas. He takes a touch, looks up and spots Moses running down the right wing and chips a 40/50 yard pass which lands at his feet. 9:40PM 84 mins Batshuayi has been caught miles offside twice since coming on, displaying his regrettable tendency to appear unaware of his surroundings.   9:36PM 81 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  Christensen comes off for Ethan Ampadu, a Welsh 17-year-old midfielder. He's dropped into central defence. 9:34PM 79 mins Chelsea are passing the ball around wonderfully, hitting first time passes and moving on to receive the return. The thing is, they're finding the space to play these one-twos so easy to gain that they're able to experiment with flicks and have an extra few miliseconds to pick their next move. 9:31PM 76 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea That's an improvement! And you'll be pleased to know that Huddersfield now have a forward player with an average position in front of the halfway line.  9:30PM 75 mins And the thing is, when Huddersfield do attack quickly, they look dangerous. Ish. They have pace in wide areas, Mooy is a good runner with the ball through the middle and they're keeping Chelsea subdued by pressing them higher now. Depoitre comes on for Mounie and Chelsea are on the attack straight away. Willian delays his pass to Alonso, forcing play out wide and then the Spaniard's cross is blocked. 9:28PM 72 mins N'Golo Kante comes off for Danny Drinkwater. Someone is banging a drum in the Huddersfield crowd, setting a tempo the team cannot dance to because they can't get on the ball. 9:25PM 69 mins Ince hits a shot from 20 yards but gets it all wrong. Chris Lowe goes off for Hadergjonaj.  Chelsea attack at speed but Pedro gets underneath his shot, leaning back, and chips it way into the stand. Huddersfield have switched to a back three but another mistake gets Bakayoko away down the left, he curls an early cross into Hazard, who flicks it (again) to Pedro, who shoots wide (again). Out: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 68 min) And that's the end of Hazard's night. Batshuayi is on. 9:21PM 66 mins This is much better from Huddersfield. They're attacking (finally!) down the channels and are able to link a few passes together as Chelsea are forced backwards. It's still too static though and midfielders are quickly running out of passing options, having to then go back to the defenders. 9:19PM 63 mins Hazard has room in the box! He dummies the defender, wins some space and then shoots low at the goal from a narrow angle, winning a corner. So close.  Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 60 min) Huddersfield clear their lines after Bakayoko nearly gets a header at goal... and Chelsea win it back. Willian turns on the Brazilian flair with a flip-flap which draws a gasp from the watching crowd and then suddenly the home team can actually get forward at speed. Ince goes behind Azpilicueta, momentum carrying him beyond the tackle.. and he might score here! One on one... saved! Great chance. Huddersfield have started pushing forward and it's working. Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Tom Ince, 61 min) Zanka tries a long range effort from 35 yards... and it fizzes over the bar! Courtois looked beaten there and it wasn't far away!   9:16PM 60 mins Hazard keeps doing these deceiving backheel flicks and it's tearing holes in the centre of Huddersfield's defence. he's just done it again, sending Willian away and then racing forwards to try and get the reverse pass which doesn't come. Chelsea still with time and space to pass the ball around, nobody ever really being put under too much pressure - Huddersfield are still deep behind the ball and being slowly carved apart. Average touch positions (60 min)   9:12PM 57 mins Here's a photo of Bakayoko's finish (or is it assist?) for Chelsea's opener. Credit: PA The crowd are beginning to turn on their players a wee bit - they want more! That said, the majority are still making a lot of noise singing the team on. There's a touch more urgency about Huddersfield's pressing now too and they've come out of their deep defensive shape, pushing higher up the pitch. Well, they did for about 20 seconds, they're now all back in the final third, except Mounie, who is a passenger.  9:10PM 54 mins Kachunga gets the ball, some midfielders consider moving up the pitch, don't, Kachunga has to go backwards, can't make up his mind and wins a free-kick in his own half. It's like Huddersfield know they can't win and just want this to be over with. Chelsea can be had.  Zanka should be booked for a foul on Hazard but gets away with it. 9:08PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! It's three. So much time and space. Alonso has it, curls in a cross and Pedro has ages to line up his finish and buries the ball. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) Robbie Savage seems to share my sentiments. If they're going to sit back and defend, they need to do so with a lot more bite than this.  9:05PM 48 mins Chelsea in control of the second half already. Nothing has changed. It's big task for Huddersfield to beat Chelsea but imagine you'd paid £30,£40,£50 (and the rest!) a ticket and had to watch your team defend near their own box the entire time without ambition.  9:04PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! 8:51PM The stats Average touch positions (half time) Completely boxed in. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea Chelsea have played really well here but there's energy and tenacity in this Huddersfield team. A more dynamic approach to the second half should at least help balance the match though with the score as it is, Chelsea can relax a little and try to exploit gaps left by Huddersfield searching for a way back into it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.  8:47PM HALF TIME Deserved lead for Chelsea, who are in complete control without having to really try. Is it a change of shape? A change of approach? Huddersfield might as well try something. 8:46PM 45 mins And it's very nearly three! Pedro should really score but doesn't get enough height on his shot and actually, it's a great save by Lossl.  8:44PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Azpilicueta switches play with a long ball to the left wing, the cross comes in and Willian wins a header to make it two. Huddersfield 0 - 2 Chelsea (Willian, 43 min) Huddersfield might as well have not bothered turning up for this. It's not that they look out of their depth, and Chelsea have been good, it's just that Huddersfield have not done anything in the way of attacking, or keeping the ball, or pressing... and Chelsea are easily able to score their second. 8:42PM 42 mins Controversy! The replay of that goal shows that it may well be Lowe's own goal rather than Bakayoko. The Frenchman's chipped finish looked to be heading wide of the far post until the Huddersfield man inadvertently turned it into his own net. 8:40PM 41 mins Huddersfield threaten to cause a bit of trouble in Chelsea's box! Kachunga tries a clever pass into the channel, the ball drops to Ince 25 yards out and he has time to line up the shot. "SHOOOOOT!" yells the crowd but he pokes it wide left inside and the player overlapping loses out. Chelsea move up the pitch and win a free-kick wide right. JUST WIDE! Bakayoko beats his man to the header but can only direct it wide of the far post. Decent attempt. Out: Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 40 min)   8:37PM 38 mins Willian sends a free-kick in from wide left, it strikes a bunch of bodies at the near post and Kante blasts the rebound wildly over the bar. I need Darren Fletcher to stop calling them 'Jake and the Boys'. It makes me wince every time he says it. I'm doing it now just thinking about him saying it again. Please. Please stop. 8:35PM 35 mins On replay, Hazard's deft backheel flick to set up Willian for Chelsea's goal is unbelievably cool. He's been superb in recent weeks, and with confidence he tends to try little bits of skill that make him look even better. Alonso strides forward and for moment it looks like he has three options to aim a cross at in the penalty area... but the defender comes across and blocks. Chelsea build from the back again, switching wings and probing for weakness. 8:31PM 32 mins Every time Huddersfield win the ball near their own box they knock it long and Mounie can't do anything with it. He's completely isolated and nothing's changed since kick-off - he'll be exhausted, if not bored to death, by half time.  The absolute state of this: Huddersfield vs Chelsea This isn't an amateur, non-league team against Chelsea. It's the 12th placed Premier League side.   8:28PM 29 mins Chelsea not finding this difficult at all. Hazard and Willian combine in the final third with some lovely first-time back heel flicks to send Hazard away in behind the defence but the defence deals with it and puts the ball out of play. Chelsea keep coming at them, like a football wolf. 8:25PM 26 mins And the thing is, Huddersfield earned promotion by playing forward thinking football, attacking, pressing, counter-attacking quickly - this is nothing but an attempt but to imagine time doesn't exist for 90 minutes. Sure, Chelsea have much better players but they are literally in the same league. Have a go! How will they respond? 8:24PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! And there it is! Truly, that was inevitable. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) The goalkeeper's kick is poor, Chelsea win it back inside the Huddersfield half and Bakayoko is played in with a through-pass, chipping over Lossl. 8:23PM 22 mins Credit: REUTERS Huddersfield really haven't come here to play football. They have no out-ball and Chelsea are absorbing every long pass they make - it's surely unsustainable for an entire match and you think that at some point they'll open up a bit. Probably after conceding the first goal, judging by this game so far.  8:18PM 19 mins A CORNER! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE A CORNER! Kachunga sends a cross in from the right and Moses shields it behind. The ball is headed by a Chelsea defender, put back in the area... and Mounie is offside. 8:15PM 16 mins Lossl flaps a cross forward and Huddersfield try to break, winning a throw-in near the half way line. Christensen is alert to a through-ball into the forwards and passes back to Courtois, who boots it up the pitch.  Azpilicueta crosses early to Willian, who tries to chest the ball and turn his marker but can't. Alonso overlaps and gets a chipped pass to feet, Willian tries to force a shot, Moses is blocked on the right and Chelsea win the ball back as Huddersfield are unable to to get out of their own half. 8:12PM 13 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea   8:11PM 12 mins Huddersfield finally get hold of the ball and move up the pitch! Mooy tries to smash a volley from 20 yards but is blocked and Chelsea mop up the danger. Credit: REUTERS   8:09PM 9 mins I think Huddersfield have touched the ball twice in the Chelsea half so far. Alonso and Moses are hugging the touchlines to stretch play and allow space for the front three. Huddersfield win a tackle at the halfway line and immediately lose the ball. This should give an idea of how one-sided the game is in the opening 10 minutes: Average touch positions (9 min)   8:06PM 6 mins Hazard is in... but looks offside. He tries to control the pass and crowd falls awfully silent, as though they can't believe he's onside... but he is... and his touch just isn't quite good enough, dropping into the goalkeeper's hands.  And Pedro has scored, but is offside. The opening goal is coming - the front three of Chelsea are at it here. 8:03PM 3 mins Pedro gets in behind the defence early on but he's about 20 miles offside. Chelsea already dominating possession as Huddersfield sit back in numbers inviting them onwards. They're poised to spring but Chelsea are moving the ball around nicely. 8:00PM KICK-OFF And they're off. Chelsea get us started. 7:57PM Here come the players It's raining in Huddersfield but the fans are making a lot of noise. Can they pull off a shock result tonight? 7:49PM Tom Ince Still hasn't scored or assisted in the Premier League for Huddersfield yet and is the focus of the local paper's back page. "He just needs to relax a bit and it'll come," says Gerrard as Cole points out that Huddersfield's low block, rigid counter-attack is well suited to churning out points but doesn't allow free-flowing attacking football - the style of play that would really suit Tom Ince, for example. 7:35PM Huddersfield giving the real Behind the Scenes �� John Iga runs #htafc's starting line-up through a pre-match warm-up (AT) pic.twitter.com/R6IhsJHZAu— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 I love the access that fans have to wee videos like this nowadays, even if you have to access them on Twitter. Life is happier without it.   7:31PM Hazard magic Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Chelsea going without a recognised central striker, that clears the way for Eden Hazard to terrorise Huddersfield in that withdrawn, half-10, half-9 position that is starting to become popular in the Premier League. Liverpool do it with Firmino and Salah, Man City often do it with Sterling, Jesus and Sane swapping positions. Pedro, Willian and Hazard will switch positions all the way through tonight - the Huddersfield defence will be busy. 7:27PM Joe Cole! That's where he's been! Joe Cole, ex-Chelsea midfielder, is in the BT Sport studio tonight alongside Steven Gerrard, who thinks Antonio Conte will be extremely disappointed after Chelsea's weekend defeat to West Ham. "He'll be after a response, a reaction tonight," says Gerrard. Cole has suggested that Chelsea will focus play through the middle of attack tonight, which explains Batshuayi's absence (even if it now seems certain Conte wouldn't trust him to lead the line unless out of other options). 7:03PM Starting lineups Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: Head Coach David Wagner has made one change to his #htafc starting line-up for this evening's @premierleague match against @ChelseaFC; 8pm kick-off. ➡️ Danny Williams ⬅️ @CollinQuaner (AT) pic.twitter.com/j7TGwg5709— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 Chelsea Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/91wXCZaIoS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017 Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Musonda, Batshuayi 6:57PM Chelsea's social media person getting excited Here come the boys! Let's do this. �� #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/G8rsG46gMO— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017   4:58PM Hello! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for Chelsea's visit to Huddersfield on a cold Tuesday night. The fun never stops for Premier League footballers come wind, rain or lots of snow and you can follow all the action from the warmth of your home while professional athletes endure freezing conditions to provide entertainment, in the quest for points. Antonio Conte will provide some heat for his team, no doubt fired up by Chelsea's shock defeat to lowly West Ham on the weekend. They are without bringer of goals (frankincense and myrrh), Alvaro Morata, who has a back injury and can't play. It's expected that Conte will make more changes though in a bid to freshen up the squad and ensure they don't drop any more points in their race for a top four position.  Pick your Chelsea team to face Huddersfield Michy Batshuayi could be handed a start due to Morata's injury but his performances and Conte's apparent lack of trust in the striker might lead to a frontline of Eden Hazard and Willian, with Pedro possibly thrown in for good measure. Huddersfield top scorer Steve Mounie will be lurking around the penalty area trying to make sure David Wagner's side maximise opportunities in a game they know will be tough. Pick your Huddersfield team to face Chelsea Wagner said, "I would take an ugly set-piece goal if it settles the match in our favour. I will take everything against a team like Chelsea. We have to be on a top performance. We cannot give one easy chance away. "We have to avoid unforced errors and have to be at our top level and then we will see how this team works. It's a little bit like a cup tie. Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager: When we lose I'm not happy, in 16 games we lost four games. My experience tells (me) it's impossible to win the title. Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best. This league is not simple. We have to fight to find a place in the Champions League. (But) we must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game, play every game with 120 per cent of our strength, otherwise we risk to have a bad surprise at the end of the season. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Huddersfield 1 Chelsea 3: live reaction as Antonio Conte's side breeze to victory

The Premier League title was all but conceded by Antonio Conte on Saturday and yet three days later, Chelsea played like champions all over again with a demolition of one of the league’s newly-promoted teams and a sign that they are at least able to pick themselves up and continue the pursuit. It was a victory that was never once in doubt, and beginning with a goal from Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those at fault against West Ham, they never looked back against a Huddersfield Town who looked frankly overwhelmed from the very start. Antonio Conte made changes to his side, without the injured Alvaro Morata, and they looked like a team who were responding to a manager who had told them that three defeats to Burnley, Crystal Palace and most recently West Ham was simply not good enough.     They dominated Huddersfield, although they were allowed to do so, and although they had the run of the pitch, the ruthlessness was impressive when Eden Hazard created the first for Bakayoko and then Willian and Pedro added the second and third. In injury-time at the end of the game there was a fine goal from substitute Laurent Depoitre – it turned out to be the last action of the game – and it was very late for Huddersfield to have their first serious attempt on goal. By then Conte had replaced Hazard, N’golo Kante and finally Andreas Christensen eventually bringing on the 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu to play at centre-back. Yet even so it had taken that long for Huddersfield to put a decent ball into the area for one of their strikers, first Steve Mounie and then his replacement Depoitre. Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) Before the victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend, Huddersfield were on a streak of four defeats in a row and they are next back at home for the visits of Stoke and Burnley after Christmas, in a league where fortunes can change very quickly. It certainly felt like a world away from the day in October that Manchester United were beaten in West Yorkshire, lacking all of the intensity and determination that gets shock results like that. It was a cold and wet night and yet it was never intimidating for the home side who had all the time they needed on the ball and barely put a foot wrong as a consequence. Chelsea made light work of Huddersfield Credit: GETTY IMAGES Their record at home to the traditional big sides has been respectable, the drubbing from Arsenal excepted, yet the Huddersfield approach to taking on the champions was a puzzle from the start: no pressing of any note, and just a nine man wall behind the ball that dropped ever deeper. It meant that there was no tempo to the home side and no possibility of the home crowd to get behind David Wagner’s players who did not muster a single attempt on target in the first half and barely had a period of possession to speak of. Instead they spent a lot of time nervously watching Chelsea switch play from one side to the other, probing away until a breakthrough was inevitable. Average touch positions (0 min) The champions switched their formation and it was bad news for Michy Batshuayi for whom there was no place even without Alvaro Morata in the team. Instead Eden Hazard occupied the centre-forward territory and at the back Conte left out Gary Cahill for Antonio Rudiger, presumably with the defeat to West Ham on Saturday still fresh in his mind. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea It was so easy for Chelsea in the first half it was hard to judge how that might have improved the team. They ran the game for the entirety of the 45 minutes and without pressure on their possession broke through on 23 minutes when the Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl slipped over as he cleared the ball and it went in the direction of Victor Moses. Even from that point there was much to do, with the winger directing a header into Hazard, and the ruthlessness with which Chelsea exploited the space was remarkable. Hazard flicked the ball to Willian, back in the team, and he played in Bakayoko down the left who got the ball over Lossl and in. There was an attempt by Chris Lowe to get the ball out the goalmouth but he could not get his feet right in time and ended up needing treatment himself. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) It got little better for Huddersfield, standing off their opponents and letting Cesar Azpilicueta switch the play on 43 minutes to the left where Marcos Alonso was given the time to cross to the back post for WIllian to head in unchallenged. They should have had here by half-time but Lossl blocked Pedro’s shot from Hazard’s ball out to him in the right channel. Wagner did try to change his side at half-time, bringing on the 35-year-old Dean Whitehead in midfield in what seemed like an attempt to retain possession for longer than they had managed until that point. It was an inauspicious start to the second half for the home side with a third goal within five minutes – yet another cross from Alonso, poorly defended by Christopher Schindler and right into the path of Pedro who buried his chance. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) There was eventually a run-out for Batshuayi who came on as a centre-forward in a game that his team were cruising through. At half-time Huddersfield’s on-pitch announcer had offered the opinion that Chelsea’s players “deserved their half-time hot water bottles” and although it was meant in jest, with a reference to last weekend’s attempt to beat the cold, they really might as well have been playing with them. Finally, at the death, and with Chelsea’s team re-arranged, Depoitre glanced in a header from the cross of his fellow substitute Florent Hadergjonaj, although by then the away team’s thoughts had already turned to home.    10:02PM Hazard and Willian post-match Hazard We have a lot of games in a short period and last year we didn't have this because of Champions League. We can deal with that, we have a lot of players but of course we want to rest a little bit more. Are you out of the title race? Willian We know now it's difficult, 14 points - Hazard butts in: 11 points. We won today. We're back in it! 9:51PM FULL TIME Despite that brief moment of excitement, in the end, this match was easy for Chelsea and the win entirely deserved. They kept Huddersfield subdued throughout and though Conte's side were impressive, Wagner's made it easy. They offered mostly nothing to the game. 9:50PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE SCORED! ALERT THE COASTGUARD! Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) It's a great cross but Depoitre does superbly to steal ahead of Rudiger to power his header beyond the reach of Courtois! 9:47PM 90 mins +2 Great save Courtois! The ball comes off Ampadu's head and the goalkeeper has to react to turn that away.  9:47PM 90 mins +1 A Huddersfield shot! Rejoice! The ball sits nicely for Williams, he has time and lines up a long range effort.. but drags the ball wide, hits his own player and gives away a goal kick. Not good enough. Miss: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Danny Williams, 90 min)   9:45PM 90 mins Batshuayi comes to life in the penalty area - that's where he knows what's going on! He controls a cross from the right, shows quick feet to create space and allow a shot past the goalkeeper at a narrow angle and it's heading into the back of the net... but the referee blows his whistle for handball. It came off Batshuayi's hand, replays show. 9:42PM 87 mins Ampadu is playing as the central defender of the three and has spread some really nice passes out to wide areas. He takes a touch, looks up and spots Moses running down the right wing and chips a 40/50 yard pass which lands at his feet. 9:40PM 84 mins Batshuayi has been caught miles offside twice since coming on, displaying his regrettable tendency to appear unaware of his surroundings.   9:36PM 81 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  Christensen comes off for Ethan Ampadu, a Welsh 17-year-old midfielder. He's dropped into central defence. 9:34PM 79 mins Chelsea are passing the ball around wonderfully, hitting first time passes and moving on to receive the return. The thing is, they're finding the space to play these one-twos so easy to gain that they're able to experiment with flicks and have an extra few miliseconds to pick their next move. 9:31PM 76 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea That's an improvement! And you'll be pleased to know that Huddersfield now have a forward player with an average position in front of the halfway line.  9:30PM 75 mins And the thing is, when Huddersfield do attack quickly, they look dangerous. Ish. They have pace in wide areas, Mooy is a good runner with the ball through the middle and they're keeping Chelsea subdued by pressing them higher now. Depoitre comes on for Mounie and Chelsea are on the attack straight away. Willian delays his pass to Alonso, forcing play out wide and then the Spaniard's cross is blocked. 9:28PM 72 mins N'Golo Kante comes off for Danny Drinkwater. Someone is banging a drum in the Huddersfield crowd, setting a tempo the team cannot dance to because they can't get on the ball. 9:25PM 69 mins Ince hits a shot from 20 yards but gets it all wrong. Chris Lowe goes off for Hadergjonaj.  Chelsea attack at speed but Pedro gets underneath his shot, leaning back, and chips it way into the stand. Huddersfield have switched to a back three but another mistake gets Bakayoko away down the left, he curls an early cross into Hazard, who flicks it (again) to Pedro, who shoots wide (again). Out: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 68 min) And that's the end of Hazard's night. Batshuayi is on. 9:21PM 66 mins This is much better from Huddersfield. They're attacking (finally!) down the channels and are able to link a few passes together as Chelsea are forced backwards. It's still too static though and midfielders are quickly running out of passing options, having to then go back to the defenders. 9:19PM 63 mins Hazard has room in the box! He dummies the defender, wins some space and then shoots low at the goal from a narrow angle, winning a corner. So close.  Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 60 min) Huddersfield clear their lines after Bakayoko nearly gets a header at goal... and Chelsea win it back. Willian turns on the Brazilian flair with a flip-flap which draws a gasp from the watching crowd and then suddenly the home team can actually get forward at speed. Ince goes behind Azpilicueta, momentum carrying him beyond the tackle.. and he might score here! One on one... saved! Great chance. Huddersfield have started pushing forward and it's working. Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Tom Ince, 61 min) Zanka tries a long range effort from 35 yards... and it fizzes over the bar! Courtois looked beaten there and it wasn't far away!   9:16PM 60 mins Hazard keeps doing these deceiving backheel flicks and it's tearing holes in the centre of Huddersfield's defence. he's just done it again, sending Willian away and then racing forwards to try and get the reverse pass which doesn't come. Chelsea still with time and space to pass the ball around, nobody ever really being put under too much pressure - Huddersfield are still deep behind the ball and being slowly carved apart. Average touch positions (60 min)   9:12PM 57 mins Here's a photo of Bakayoko's finish (or is it assist?) for Chelsea's opener. Credit: PA The crowd are beginning to turn on their players a wee bit - they want more! That said, the majority are still making a lot of noise singing the team on. There's a touch more urgency about Huddersfield's pressing now too and they've come out of their deep defensive shape, pushing higher up the pitch. Well, they did for about 20 seconds, they're now all back in the final third, except Mounie, who is a passenger.  9:10PM 54 mins Kachunga gets the ball, some midfielders consider moving up the pitch, don't, Kachunga has to go backwards, can't make up his mind and wins a free-kick in his own half. It's like Huddersfield know they can't win and just want this to be over with. Chelsea can be had.  Zanka should be booked for a foul on Hazard but gets away with it. 9:08PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! It's three. So much time and space. Alonso has it, curls in a cross and Pedro has ages to line up his finish and buries the ball. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) Robbie Savage seems to share my sentiments. If they're going to sit back and defend, they need to do so with a lot more bite than this.  9:05PM 48 mins Chelsea in control of the second half already. Nothing has changed. It's big task for Huddersfield to beat Chelsea but imagine you'd paid £30,£40,£50 (and the rest!) a ticket and had to watch your team defend near their own box the entire time without ambition.  9:04PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! 8:51PM The stats Average touch positions (half time) Completely boxed in. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea Chelsea have played really well here but there's energy and tenacity in this Huddersfield team. A more dynamic approach to the second half should at least help balance the match though with the score as it is, Chelsea can relax a little and try to exploit gaps left by Huddersfield searching for a way back into it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.  8:47PM HALF TIME Deserved lead for Chelsea, who are in complete control without having to really try. Is it a change of shape? A change of approach? Huddersfield might as well try something. 8:46PM 45 mins And it's very nearly three! Pedro should really score but doesn't get enough height on his shot and actually, it's a great save by Lossl.  8:44PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Azpilicueta switches play with a long ball to the left wing, the cross comes in and Willian wins a header to make it two. Huddersfield 0 - 2 Chelsea (Willian, 43 min) Huddersfield might as well have not bothered turning up for this. It's not that they look out of their depth, and Chelsea have been good, it's just that Huddersfield have not done anything in the way of attacking, or keeping the ball, or pressing... and Chelsea are easily able to score their second. 8:42PM 42 mins Controversy! The replay of that goal shows that it may well be Lowe's own goal rather than Bakayoko. The Frenchman's chipped finish looked to be heading wide of the far post until the Huddersfield man inadvertently turned it into his own net. 8:40PM 41 mins Huddersfield threaten to cause a bit of trouble in Chelsea's box! Kachunga tries a clever pass into the channel, the ball drops to Ince 25 yards out and he has time to line up the shot. "SHOOOOOT!" yells the crowd but he pokes it wide left inside and the player overlapping loses out. Chelsea move up the pitch and win a free-kick wide right. JUST WIDE! Bakayoko beats his man to the header but can only direct it wide of the far post. Decent attempt. Out: Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 40 min)   8:37PM 38 mins Willian sends a free-kick in from wide left, it strikes a bunch of bodies at the near post and Kante blasts the rebound wildly over the bar. I need Darren Fletcher to stop calling them 'Jake and the Boys'. It makes me wince every time he says it. I'm doing it now just thinking about him saying it again. Please. Please stop. 8:35PM 35 mins On replay, Hazard's deft backheel flick to set up Willian for Chelsea's goal is unbelievably cool. He's been superb in recent weeks, and with confidence he tends to try little bits of skill that make him look even better. Alonso strides forward and for moment it looks like he has three options to aim a cross at in the penalty area... but the defender comes across and blocks. Chelsea build from the back again, switching wings and probing for weakness. 8:31PM 32 mins Every time Huddersfield win the ball near their own box they knock it long and Mounie can't do anything with it. He's completely isolated and nothing's changed since kick-off - he'll be exhausted, if not bored to death, by half time.  The absolute state of this: Huddersfield vs Chelsea This isn't an amateur, non-league team against Chelsea. It's the 12th placed Premier League side.   8:28PM 29 mins Chelsea not finding this difficult at all. Hazard and Willian combine in the final third with some lovely first-time back heel flicks to send Hazard away in behind the defence but the defence deals with it and puts the ball out of play. Chelsea keep coming at them, like a football wolf. 8:25PM 26 mins And the thing is, Huddersfield earned promotion by playing forward thinking football, attacking, pressing, counter-attacking quickly - this is nothing but an attempt but to imagine time doesn't exist for 90 minutes. Sure, Chelsea have much better players but they are literally in the same league. Have a go! How will they respond? 8:24PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! And there it is! Truly, that was inevitable. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) The goalkeeper's kick is poor, Chelsea win it back inside the Huddersfield half and Bakayoko is played in with a through-pass, chipping over Lossl. 8:23PM 22 mins Credit: REUTERS Huddersfield really haven't come here to play football. They have no out-ball and Chelsea are absorbing every long pass they make - it's surely unsustainable for an entire match and you think that at some point they'll open up a bit. Probably after conceding the first goal, judging by this game so far.  8:18PM 19 mins A CORNER! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE A CORNER! Kachunga sends a cross in from the right and Moses shields it behind. The ball is headed by a Chelsea defender, put back in the area... and Mounie is offside. 8:15PM 16 mins Lossl flaps a cross forward and Huddersfield try to break, winning a throw-in near the half way line. Christensen is alert to a through-ball into the forwards and passes back to Courtois, who boots it up the pitch.  Azpilicueta crosses early to Willian, who tries to chest the ball and turn his marker but can't. Alonso overlaps and gets a chipped pass to feet, Willian tries to force a shot, Moses is blocked on the right and Chelsea win the ball back as Huddersfield are unable to to get out of their own half. 8:12PM 13 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea   8:11PM 12 mins Huddersfield finally get hold of the ball and move up the pitch! Mooy tries to smash a volley from 20 yards but is blocked and Chelsea mop up the danger. Credit: REUTERS   8:09PM 9 mins I think Huddersfield have touched the ball twice in the Chelsea half so far. Alonso and Moses are hugging the touchlines to stretch play and allow space for the front three. Huddersfield win a tackle at the halfway line and immediately lose the ball. This should give an idea of how one-sided the game is in the opening 10 minutes: Average touch positions (9 min)   8:06PM 6 mins Hazard is in... but looks offside. He tries to control the pass and crowd falls awfully silent, as though they can't believe he's onside... but he is... and his touch just isn't quite good enough, dropping into the goalkeeper's hands.  And Pedro has scored, but is offside. The opening goal is coming - the front three of Chelsea are at it here. 8:03PM 3 mins Pedro gets in behind the defence early on but he's about 20 miles offside. Chelsea already dominating possession as Huddersfield sit back in numbers inviting them onwards. They're poised to spring but Chelsea are moving the ball around nicely. 8:00PM KICK-OFF And they're off. Chelsea get us started. 7:57PM Here come the players It's raining in Huddersfield but the fans are making a lot of noise. Can they pull off a shock result tonight? 7:49PM Tom Ince Still hasn't scored or assisted in the Premier League for Huddersfield yet and is the focus of the local paper's back page. "He just needs to relax a bit and it'll come," says Gerrard as Cole points out that Huddersfield's low block, rigid counter-attack is well suited to churning out points but doesn't allow free-flowing attacking football - the style of play that would really suit Tom Ince, for example. 7:35PM Huddersfield giving the real Behind the Scenes �� John Iga runs #htafc's starting line-up through a pre-match warm-up (AT) pic.twitter.com/R6IhsJHZAu— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 I love the access that fans have to wee videos like this nowadays, even if you have to access them on Twitter. Life is happier without it.   7:31PM Hazard magic Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Chelsea going without a recognised central striker, that clears the way for Eden Hazard to terrorise Huddersfield in that withdrawn, half-10, half-9 position that is starting to become popular in the Premier League. Liverpool do it with Firmino and Salah, Man City often do it with Sterling, Jesus and Sane swapping positions. Pedro, Willian and Hazard will switch positions all the way through tonight - the Huddersfield defence will be busy. 7:27PM Joe Cole! That's where he's been! Joe Cole, ex-Chelsea midfielder, is in the BT Sport studio tonight alongside Steven Gerrard, who thinks Antonio Conte will be extremely disappointed after Chelsea's weekend defeat to West Ham. "He'll be after a response, a reaction tonight," says Gerrard. Cole has suggested that Chelsea will focus play through the middle of attack tonight, which explains Batshuayi's absence (even if it now seems certain Conte wouldn't trust him to lead the line unless out of other options). 7:03PM Starting lineups Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: Head Coach David Wagner has made one change to his #htafc starting line-up for this evening's @premierleague match against @ChelseaFC; 8pm kick-off. ➡️ Danny Williams ⬅️ @CollinQuaner (AT) pic.twitter.com/j7TGwg5709— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 Chelsea Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/91wXCZaIoS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017 Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Musonda, Batshuayi 6:57PM Chelsea's social media person getting excited Here come the boys! Let's do this. �� #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/G8rsG46gMO— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017   4:58PM Hello! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for Chelsea's visit to Huddersfield on a cold Tuesday night. The fun never stops for Premier League footballers come wind, rain or lots of snow and you can follow all the action from the warmth of your home while professional athletes endure freezing conditions to provide entertainment, in the quest for points. Antonio Conte will provide some heat for his team, no doubt fired up by Chelsea's shock defeat to lowly West Ham on the weekend. They are without bringer of goals (frankincense and myrrh), Alvaro Morata, who has a back injury and can't play. It's expected that Conte will make more changes though in a bid to freshen up the squad and ensure they don't drop any more points in their race for a top four position.  Pick your Chelsea team to face Huddersfield Michy Batshuayi could be handed a start due to Morata's injury but his performances and Conte's apparent lack of trust in the striker might lead to a frontline of Eden Hazard and Willian, with Pedro possibly thrown in for good measure. Huddersfield top scorer Steve Mounie will be lurking around the penalty area trying to make sure David Wagner's side maximise opportunities in a game they know will be tough. Pick your Huddersfield team to face Chelsea Wagner said, "I would take an ugly set-piece goal if it settles the match in our favour. I will take everything against a team like Chelsea. We have to be on a top performance. We cannot give one easy chance away. "We have to avoid unforced errors and have to be at our top level and then we will see how this team works. It's a little bit like a cup tie. Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager: When we lose I'm not happy, in 16 games we lost four games. My experience tells (me) it's impossible to win the title. Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best. This league is not simple. We have to fight to find a place in the Champions League. (But) we must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game, play every game with 120 per cent of our strength, otherwise we risk to have a bad surprise at the end of the season. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Huddersfield 1 Chelsea 3: live reaction as Antonio Conte's side breeze to victory

The Premier League title was all but conceded by Antonio Conte on Saturday and yet three days later, Chelsea played like champions all over again with a demolition of one of the league’s newly-promoted teams and a sign that they are at least able to pick themselves up and continue the pursuit. It was a victory that was never once in doubt, and beginning with a goal from Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those at fault against West Ham, they never looked back against a Huddersfield Town who looked frankly overwhelmed from the very start. Antonio Conte made changes to his side, without the injured Alvaro Morata, and they looked like a team who were responding to a manager who had told them that three defeats to Burnley, Crystal Palace and most recently West Ham was simply not good enough.     They dominated Huddersfield, although they were allowed to do so, and although they had the run of the pitch, the ruthlessness was impressive when Eden Hazard created the first for Bakayoko and then Willian and Pedro added the second and third. In injury-time at the end of the game there was a fine goal from substitute Laurent Depoitre – it turned out to be the last action of the game – and it was very late for Huddersfield to have their first serious attempt on goal. By then Conte had replaced Hazard, N’golo Kante and finally Andreas Christensen eventually bringing on the 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu to play at centre-back. Yet even so it had taken that long for Huddersfield to put a decent ball into the area for one of their strikers, first Steve Mounie and then his replacement Depoitre. Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) Before the victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend, Huddersfield were on a streak of four defeats in a row and they are next back at home for the visits of Stoke and Burnley after Christmas, in a league where fortunes can change very quickly. It certainly felt like a world away from the day in October that Manchester United were beaten in West Yorkshire, lacking all of the intensity and determination that gets shock results like that. It was a cold and wet night and yet it was never intimidating for the home side who had all the time they needed on the ball and barely put a foot wrong as a consequence. Chelsea made light work of Huddersfield Credit: GETTY IMAGES Their record at home to the traditional big sides has been respectable, the drubbing from Arsenal excepted, yet the Huddersfield approach to taking on the champions was a puzzle from the start: no pressing of any note, and just a nine man wall behind the ball that dropped ever deeper. It meant that there was no tempo to the home side and no possibility of the home crowd to get behind David Wagner’s players who did not muster a single attempt on target in the first half and barely had a period of possession to speak of. Instead they spent a lot of time nervously watching Chelsea switch play from one side to the other, probing away until a breakthrough was inevitable. Average touch positions (0 min) The champions switched their formation and it was bad news for Michy Batshuayi for whom there was no place even without Alvaro Morata in the team. Instead Eden Hazard occupied the centre-forward territory and at the back Conte left out Gary Cahill for Antonio Rudiger, presumably with the defeat to West Ham on Saturday still fresh in his mind. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea It was so easy for Chelsea in the first half it was hard to judge how that might have improved the team. They ran the game for the entirety of the 45 minutes and without pressure on their possession broke through on 23 minutes when the Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl slipped over as he cleared the ball and it went in the direction of Victor Moses. Even from that point there was much to do, with the winger directing a header into Hazard, and the ruthlessness with which Chelsea exploited the space was remarkable. Hazard flicked the ball to Willian, back in the team, and he played in Bakayoko down the left who got the ball over Lossl and in. There was an attempt by Chris Lowe to get the ball out the goalmouth but he could not get his feet right in time and ended up needing treatment himself. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) It got little better for Huddersfield, standing off their opponents and letting Cesar Azpilicueta switch the play on 43 minutes to the left where Marcos Alonso was given the time to cross to the back post for WIllian to head in unchallenged. They should have had here by half-time but Lossl blocked Pedro’s shot from Hazard’s ball out to him in the right channel. Wagner did try to change his side at half-time, bringing on the 35-year-old Dean Whitehead in midfield in what seemed like an attempt to retain possession for longer than they had managed until that point. It was an inauspicious start to the second half for the home side with a third goal within five minutes – yet another cross from Alonso, poorly defended by Christopher Schindler and right into the path of Pedro who buried his chance. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) There was eventually a run-out for Batshuayi who came on as a centre-forward in a game that his team were cruising through. At half-time Huddersfield’s on-pitch announcer had offered the opinion that Chelsea’s players “deserved their half-time hot water bottles” and although it was meant in jest, with a reference to last weekend’s attempt to beat the cold, they really might as well have been playing with them. Finally, at the death, and with Chelsea’s team re-arranged, Depoitre glanced in a header from the cross of his fellow substitute Florent Hadergjonaj, although by then the away team’s thoughts had already turned to home.    10:02PM Hazard and Willian post-match Hazard We have a lot of games in a short period and last year we didn't have this because of Champions League. We can deal with that, we have a lot of players but of course we want to rest a little bit more. Are you out of the title race? Willian We know now it's difficult, 14 points - Hazard butts in: 11 points. We won today. We're back in it! 9:51PM FULL TIME Despite that brief moment of excitement, in the end, this match was easy for Chelsea and the win entirely deserved. They kept Huddersfield subdued throughout and though Conte's side were impressive, Wagner's made it easy. They offered mostly nothing to the game. 9:50PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE SCORED! ALERT THE COASTGUARD! Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) It's a great cross but Depoitre does superbly to steal ahead of Rudiger to power his header beyond the reach of Courtois! 9:47PM 90 mins +2 Great save Courtois! The ball comes off Ampadu's head and the goalkeeper has to react to turn that away.  9:47PM 90 mins +1 A Huddersfield shot! Rejoice! The ball sits nicely for Williams, he has time and lines up a long range effort.. but drags the ball wide, hits his own player and gives away a goal kick. Not good enough. Miss: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Danny Williams, 90 min)   9:45PM 90 mins Batshuayi comes to life in the penalty area - that's where he knows what's going on! He controls a cross from the right, shows quick feet to create space and allow a shot past the goalkeeper at a narrow angle and it's heading into the back of the net... but the referee blows his whistle for handball. It came off Batshuayi's hand, replays show. 9:42PM 87 mins Ampadu is playing as the central defender of the three and has spread some really nice passes out to wide areas. He takes a touch, looks up and spots Moses running down the right wing and chips a 40/50 yard pass which lands at his feet. 9:40PM 84 mins Batshuayi has been caught miles offside twice since coming on, displaying his regrettable tendency to appear unaware of his surroundings.   9:36PM 81 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  Christensen comes off for Ethan Ampadu, a Welsh 17-year-old midfielder. He's dropped into central defence. 9:34PM 79 mins Chelsea are passing the ball around wonderfully, hitting first time passes and moving on to receive the return. The thing is, they're finding the space to play these one-twos so easy to gain that they're able to experiment with flicks and have an extra few miliseconds to pick their next move. 9:31PM 76 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea That's an improvement! And you'll be pleased to know that Huddersfield now have a forward player with an average position in front of the halfway line.  9:30PM 75 mins And the thing is, when Huddersfield do attack quickly, they look dangerous. Ish. They have pace in wide areas, Mooy is a good runner with the ball through the middle and they're keeping Chelsea subdued by pressing them higher now. Depoitre comes on for Mounie and Chelsea are on the attack straight away. Willian delays his pass to Alonso, forcing play out wide and then the Spaniard's cross is blocked. 9:28PM 72 mins N'Golo Kante comes off for Danny Drinkwater. Someone is banging a drum in the Huddersfield crowd, setting a tempo the team cannot dance to because they can't get on the ball. 9:25PM 69 mins Ince hits a shot from 20 yards but gets it all wrong. Chris Lowe goes off for Hadergjonaj.  Chelsea attack at speed but Pedro gets underneath his shot, leaning back, and chips it way into the stand. Huddersfield have switched to a back three but another mistake gets Bakayoko away down the left, he curls an early cross into Hazard, who flicks it (again) to Pedro, who shoots wide (again). Out: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 68 min) And that's the end of Hazard's night. Batshuayi is on. 9:21PM 66 mins This is much better from Huddersfield. They're attacking (finally!) down the channels and are able to link a few passes together as Chelsea are forced backwards. It's still too static though and midfielders are quickly running out of passing options, having to then go back to the defenders. 9:19PM 63 mins Hazard has room in the box! He dummies the defender, wins some space and then shoots low at the goal from a narrow angle, winning a corner. So close.  Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 60 min) Huddersfield clear their lines after Bakayoko nearly gets a header at goal... and Chelsea win it back. Willian turns on the Brazilian flair with a flip-flap which draws a gasp from the watching crowd and then suddenly the home team can actually get forward at speed. Ince goes behind Azpilicueta, momentum carrying him beyond the tackle.. and he might score here! One on one... saved! Great chance. Huddersfield have started pushing forward and it's working. Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Tom Ince, 61 min) Zanka tries a long range effort from 35 yards... and it fizzes over the bar! Courtois looked beaten there and it wasn't far away!   9:16PM 60 mins Hazard keeps doing these deceiving backheel flicks and it's tearing holes in the centre of Huddersfield's defence. he's just done it again, sending Willian away and then racing forwards to try and get the reverse pass which doesn't come. Chelsea still with time and space to pass the ball around, nobody ever really being put under too much pressure - Huddersfield are still deep behind the ball and being slowly carved apart. Average touch positions (60 min)   9:12PM 57 mins Here's a photo of Bakayoko's finish (or is it assist?) for Chelsea's opener. Credit: PA The crowd are beginning to turn on their players a wee bit - they want more! That said, the majority are still making a lot of noise singing the team on. There's a touch more urgency about Huddersfield's pressing now too and they've come out of their deep defensive shape, pushing higher up the pitch. Well, they did for about 20 seconds, they're now all back in the final third, except Mounie, who is a passenger.  9:10PM 54 mins Kachunga gets the ball, some midfielders consider moving up the pitch, don't, Kachunga has to go backwards, can't make up his mind and wins a free-kick in his own half. It's like Huddersfield know they can't win and just want this to be over with. Chelsea can be had.  Zanka should be booked for a foul on Hazard but gets away with it. 9:08PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! It's three. So much time and space. Alonso has it, curls in a cross and Pedro has ages to line up his finish and buries the ball. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) Robbie Savage seems to share my sentiments. If they're going to sit back and defend, they need to do so with a lot more bite than this.  9:05PM 48 mins Chelsea in control of the second half already. Nothing has changed. It's big task for Huddersfield to beat Chelsea but imagine you'd paid £30,£40,£50 (and the rest!) a ticket and had to watch your team defend near their own box the entire time without ambition.  9:04PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! 8:51PM The stats Average touch positions (half time) Completely boxed in. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea Chelsea have played really well here but there's energy and tenacity in this Huddersfield team. A more dynamic approach to the second half should at least help balance the match though with the score as it is, Chelsea can relax a little and try to exploit gaps left by Huddersfield searching for a way back into it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.  8:47PM HALF TIME Deserved lead for Chelsea, who are in complete control without having to really try. Is it a change of shape? A change of approach? Huddersfield might as well try something. 8:46PM 45 mins And it's very nearly three! Pedro should really score but doesn't get enough height on his shot and actually, it's a great save by Lossl.  8:44PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Azpilicueta switches play with a long ball to the left wing, the cross comes in and Willian wins a header to make it two. Huddersfield 0 - 2 Chelsea (Willian, 43 min) Huddersfield might as well have not bothered turning up for this. It's not that they look out of their depth, and Chelsea have been good, it's just that Huddersfield have not done anything in the way of attacking, or keeping the ball, or pressing... and Chelsea are easily able to score their second. 8:42PM 42 mins Controversy! The replay of that goal shows that it may well be Lowe's own goal rather than Bakayoko. The Frenchman's chipped finish looked to be heading wide of the far post until the Huddersfield man inadvertently turned it into his own net. 8:40PM 41 mins Huddersfield threaten to cause a bit of trouble in Chelsea's box! Kachunga tries a clever pass into the channel, the ball drops to Ince 25 yards out and he has time to line up the shot. "SHOOOOOT!" yells the crowd but he pokes it wide left inside and the player overlapping loses out. Chelsea move up the pitch and win a free-kick wide right. JUST WIDE! Bakayoko beats his man to the header but can only direct it wide of the far post. Decent attempt. Out: Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 40 min)   8:37PM 38 mins Willian sends a free-kick in from wide left, it strikes a bunch of bodies at the near post and Kante blasts the rebound wildly over the bar. I need Darren Fletcher to stop calling them 'Jake and the Boys'. It makes me wince every time he says it. I'm doing it now just thinking about him saying it again. Please. Please stop. 8:35PM 35 mins On replay, Hazard's deft backheel flick to set up Willian for Chelsea's goal is unbelievably cool. He's been superb in recent weeks, and with confidence he tends to try little bits of skill that make him look even better. Alonso strides forward and for moment it looks like he has three options to aim a cross at in the penalty area... but the defender comes across and blocks. Chelsea build from the back again, switching wings and probing for weakness. 8:31PM 32 mins Every time Huddersfield win the ball near their own box they knock it long and Mounie can't do anything with it. He's completely isolated and nothing's changed since kick-off - he'll be exhausted, if not bored to death, by half time.  The absolute state of this: Huddersfield vs Chelsea This isn't an amateur, non-league team against Chelsea. It's the 12th placed Premier League side.   8:28PM 29 mins Chelsea not finding this difficult at all. Hazard and Willian combine in the final third with some lovely first-time back heel flicks to send Hazard away in behind the defence but the defence deals with it and puts the ball out of play. Chelsea keep coming at them, like a football wolf. 8:25PM 26 mins And the thing is, Huddersfield earned promotion by playing forward thinking football, attacking, pressing, counter-attacking quickly - this is nothing but an attempt but to imagine time doesn't exist for 90 minutes. Sure, Chelsea have much better players but they are literally in the same league. Have a go! How will they respond? 8:24PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! And there it is! Truly, that was inevitable. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) The goalkeeper's kick is poor, Chelsea win it back inside the Huddersfield half and Bakayoko is played in with a through-pass, chipping over Lossl. 8:23PM 22 mins Credit: REUTERS Huddersfield really haven't come here to play football. They have no out-ball and Chelsea are absorbing every long pass they make - it's surely unsustainable for an entire match and you think that at some point they'll open up a bit. Probably after conceding the first goal, judging by this game so far.  8:18PM 19 mins A CORNER! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE A CORNER! Kachunga sends a cross in from the right and Moses shields it behind. The ball is headed by a Chelsea defender, put back in the area... and Mounie is offside. 8:15PM 16 mins Lossl flaps a cross forward and Huddersfield try to break, winning a throw-in near the half way line. Christensen is alert to a through-ball into the forwards and passes back to Courtois, who boots it up the pitch.  Azpilicueta crosses early to Willian, who tries to chest the ball and turn his marker but can't. Alonso overlaps and gets a chipped pass to feet, Willian tries to force a shot, Moses is blocked on the right and Chelsea win the ball back as Huddersfield are unable to to get out of their own half. 8:12PM 13 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea   8:11PM 12 mins Huddersfield finally get hold of the ball and move up the pitch! Mooy tries to smash a volley from 20 yards but is blocked and Chelsea mop up the danger. Credit: REUTERS   8:09PM 9 mins I think Huddersfield have touched the ball twice in the Chelsea half so far. Alonso and Moses are hugging the touchlines to stretch play and allow space for the front three. Huddersfield win a tackle at the halfway line and immediately lose the ball. This should give an idea of how one-sided the game is in the opening 10 minutes: Average touch positions (9 min)   8:06PM 6 mins Hazard is in... but looks offside. He tries to control the pass and crowd falls awfully silent, as though they can't believe he's onside... but he is... and his touch just isn't quite good enough, dropping into the goalkeeper's hands.  And Pedro has scored, but is offside. The opening goal is coming - the front three of Chelsea are at it here. 8:03PM 3 mins Pedro gets in behind the defence early on but he's about 20 miles offside. Chelsea already dominating possession as Huddersfield sit back in numbers inviting them onwards. They're poised to spring but Chelsea are moving the ball around nicely. 8:00PM KICK-OFF And they're off. Chelsea get us started. 7:57PM Here come the players It's raining in Huddersfield but the fans are making a lot of noise. Can they pull off a shock result tonight? 7:49PM Tom Ince Still hasn't scored or assisted in the Premier League for Huddersfield yet and is the focus of the local paper's back page. "He just needs to relax a bit and it'll come," says Gerrard as Cole points out that Huddersfield's low block, rigid counter-attack is well suited to churning out points but doesn't allow free-flowing attacking football - the style of play that would really suit Tom Ince, for example. 7:35PM Huddersfield giving the real Behind the Scenes �� John Iga runs #htafc's starting line-up through a pre-match warm-up (AT) pic.twitter.com/R6IhsJHZAu— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 I love the access that fans have to wee videos like this nowadays, even if you have to access them on Twitter. Life is happier without it.   7:31PM Hazard magic Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Chelsea going without a recognised central striker, that clears the way for Eden Hazard to terrorise Huddersfield in that withdrawn, half-10, half-9 position that is starting to become popular in the Premier League. Liverpool do it with Firmino and Salah, Man City often do it with Sterling, Jesus and Sane swapping positions. Pedro, Willian and Hazard will switch positions all the way through tonight - the Huddersfield defence will be busy. 7:27PM Joe Cole! That's where he's been! Joe Cole, ex-Chelsea midfielder, is in the BT Sport studio tonight alongside Steven Gerrard, who thinks Antonio Conte will be extremely disappointed after Chelsea's weekend defeat to West Ham. "He'll be after a response, a reaction tonight," says Gerrard. Cole has suggested that Chelsea will focus play through the middle of attack tonight, which explains Batshuayi's absence (even if it now seems certain Conte wouldn't trust him to lead the line unless out of other options). 7:03PM Starting lineups Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: Head Coach David Wagner has made one change to his #htafc starting line-up for this evening's @premierleague match against @ChelseaFC; 8pm kick-off. ➡️ Danny Williams ⬅️ @CollinQuaner (AT) pic.twitter.com/j7TGwg5709— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 Chelsea Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/91wXCZaIoS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017 Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Musonda, Batshuayi 6:57PM Chelsea's social media person getting excited Here come the boys! Let's do this. �� #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/G8rsG46gMO— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017   4:58PM Hello! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for Chelsea's visit to Huddersfield on a cold Tuesday night. The fun never stops for Premier League footballers come wind, rain or lots of snow and you can follow all the action from the warmth of your home while professional athletes endure freezing conditions to provide entertainment, in the quest for points. Antonio Conte will provide some heat for his team, no doubt fired up by Chelsea's shock defeat to lowly West Ham on the weekend. They are without bringer of goals (frankincense and myrrh), Alvaro Morata, who has a back injury and can't play. It's expected that Conte will make more changes though in a bid to freshen up the squad and ensure they don't drop any more points in their race for a top four position.  Pick your Chelsea team to face Huddersfield Michy Batshuayi could be handed a start due to Morata's injury but his performances and Conte's apparent lack of trust in the striker might lead to a frontline of Eden Hazard and Willian, with Pedro possibly thrown in for good measure. Huddersfield top scorer Steve Mounie will be lurking around the penalty area trying to make sure David Wagner's side maximise opportunities in a game they know will be tough. Pick your Huddersfield team to face Chelsea Wagner said, "I would take an ugly set-piece goal if it settles the match in our favour. I will take everything against a team like Chelsea. We have to be on a top performance. We cannot give one easy chance away. "We have to avoid unforced errors and have to be at our top level and then we will see how this team works. It's a little bit like a cup tie. Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager: When we lose I'm not happy, in 16 games we lost four games. My experience tells (me) it's impossible to win the title. Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best. This league is not simple. We have to fight to find a place in the Champions League. (But) we must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game, play every game with 120 per cent of our strength, otherwise we risk to have a bad surprise at the end of the season. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Huddersfield 1 Chelsea 3: live reaction as Antonio Conte's side breeze to victory

The Premier League title was all but conceded by Antonio Conte on Saturday and yet three days later, Chelsea played like champions all over again with a demolition of one of the league’s newly-promoted teams and a sign that they are at least able to pick themselves up and continue the pursuit. It was a victory that was never once in doubt, and beginning with a goal from Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those at fault against West Ham, they never looked back against a Huddersfield Town who looked frankly overwhelmed from the very start. Antonio Conte made changes to his side, without the injured Alvaro Morata, and they looked like a team who were responding to a manager who had told them that three defeats to Burnley, Crystal Palace and most recently West Ham was simply not good enough.     They dominated Huddersfield, although they were allowed to do so, and although they had the run of the pitch, the ruthlessness was impressive when Eden Hazard created the first for Bakayoko and then Willian and Pedro added the second and third. In injury-time at the end of the game there was a fine goal from substitute Laurent Depoitre – it turned out to be the last action of the game – and it was very late for Huddersfield to have their first serious attempt on goal. By then Conte had replaced Hazard, N’golo Kante and finally Andreas Christensen eventually bringing on the 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu to play at centre-back. Yet even so it had taken that long for Huddersfield to put a decent ball into the area for one of their strikers, first Steve Mounie and then his replacement Depoitre. Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) Before the victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend, Huddersfield were on a streak of four defeats in a row and they are next back at home for the visits of Stoke and Burnley after Christmas, in a league where fortunes can change very quickly. It certainly felt like a world away from the day in October that Manchester United were beaten in West Yorkshire, lacking all of the intensity and determination that gets shock results like that. It was a cold and wet night and yet it was never intimidating for the home side who had all the time they needed on the ball and barely put a foot wrong as a consequence. Chelsea made light work of Huddersfield Credit: GETTY IMAGES Their record at home to the traditional big sides has been respectable, the drubbing from Arsenal excepted, yet the Huddersfield approach to taking on the champions was a puzzle from the start: no pressing of any note, and just a nine man wall behind the ball that dropped ever deeper. It meant that there was no tempo to the home side and no possibility of the home crowd to get behind David Wagner’s players who did not muster a single attempt on target in the first half and barely had a period of possession to speak of. Instead they spent a lot of time nervously watching Chelsea switch play from one side to the other, probing away until a breakthrough was inevitable. Average touch positions (0 min) The champions switched their formation and it was bad news for Michy Batshuayi for whom there was no place even without Alvaro Morata in the team. Instead Eden Hazard occupied the centre-forward territory and at the back Conte left out Gary Cahill for Antonio Rudiger, presumably with the defeat to West Ham on Saturday still fresh in his mind. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea It was so easy for Chelsea in the first half it was hard to judge how that might have improved the team. They ran the game for the entirety of the 45 minutes and without pressure on their possession broke through on 23 minutes when the Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl slipped over as he cleared the ball and it went in the direction of Victor Moses. Even from that point there was much to do, with the winger directing a header into Hazard, and the ruthlessness with which Chelsea exploited the space was remarkable. Hazard flicked the ball to Willian, back in the team, and he played in Bakayoko down the left who got the ball over Lossl and in. There was an attempt by Chris Lowe to get the ball out the goalmouth but he could not get his feet right in time and ended up needing treatment himself. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) It got little better for Huddersfield, standing off their opponents and letting Cesar Azpilicueta switch the play on 43 minutes to the left where Marcos Alonso was given the time to cross to the back post for WIllian to head in unchallenged. They should have had here by half-time but Lossl blocked Pedro’s shot from Hazard’s ball out to him in the right channel. Wagner did try to change his side at half-time, bringing on the 35-year-old Dean Whitehead in midfield in what seemed like an attempt to retain possession for longer than they had managed until that point. It was an inauspicious start to the second half for the home side with a third goal within five minutes – yet another cross from Alonso, poorly defended by Christopher Schindler and right into the path of Pedro who buried his chance. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) There was eventually a run-out for Batshuayi who came on as a centre-forward in a game that his team were cruising through. At half-time Huddersfield’s on-pitch announcer had offered the opinion that Chelsea’s players “deserved their half-time hot water bottles” and although it was meant in jest, with a reference to last weekend’s attempt to beat the cold, they really might as well have been playing with them. Finally, at the death, and with Chelsea’s team re-arranged, Depoitre glanced in a header from the cross of his fellow substitute Florent Hadergjonaj, although by then the away team’s thoughts had already turned to home.    10:02PM Hazard and Willian post-match Hazard We have a lot of games in a short period and last year we didn't have this because of Champions League. We can deal with that, we have a lot of players but of course we want to rest a little bit more. Are you out of the title race? Willian We know now it's difficult, 14 points - Hazard butts in: 11 points. We won today. We're back in it! 9:51PM FULL TIME Despite that brief moment of excitement, in the end, this match was easy for Chelsea and the win entirely deserved. They kept Huddersfield subdued throughout and though Conte's side were impressive, Wagner's made it easy. They offered mostly nothing to the game. 9:50PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE SCORED! ALERT THE COASTGUARD! Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) It's a great cross but Depoitre does superbly to steal ahead of Rudiger to power his header beyond the reach of Courtois! 9:47PM 90 mins +2 Great save Courtois! The ball comes off Ampadu's head and the goalkeeper has to react to turn that away.  9:47PM 90 mins +1 A Huddersfield shot! Rejoice! The ball sits nicely for Williams, he has time and lines up a long range effort.. but drags the ball wide, hits his own player and gives away a goal kick. Not good enough. Miss: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Danny Williams, 90 min)   9:45PM 90 mins Batshuayi comes to life in the penalty area - that's where he knows what's going on! He controls a cross from the right, shows quick feet to create space and allow a shot past the goalkeeper at a narrow angle and it's heading into the back of the net... but the referee blows his whistle for handball. It came off Batshuayi's hand, replays show. 9:42PM 87 mins Ampadu is playing as the central defender of the three and has spread some really nice passes out to wide areas. He takes a touch, looks up and spots Moses running down the right wing and chips a 40/50 yard pass which lands at his feet. 9:40PM 84 mins Batshuayi has been caught miles offside twice since coming on, displaying his regrettable tendency to appear unaware of his surroundings.   9:36PM 81 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  Christensen comes off for Ethan Ampadu, a Welsh 17-year-old midfielder. He's dropped into central defence. 9:34PM 79 mins Chelsea are passing the ball around wonderfully, hitting first time passes and moving on to receive the return. The thing is, they're finding the space to play these one-twos so easy to gain that they're able to experiment with flicks and have an extra few miliseconds to pick their next move. 9:31PM 76 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea That's an improvement! And you'll be pleased to know that Huddersfield now have a forward player with an average position in front of the halfway line.  9:30PM 75 mins And the thing is, when Huddersfield do attack quickly, they look dangerous. Ish. They have pace in wide areas, Mooy is a good runner with the ball through the middle and they're keeping Chelsea subdued by pressing them higher now. Depoitre comes on for Mounie and Chelsea are on the attack straight away. Willian delays his pass to Alonso, forcing play out wide and then the Spaniard's cross is blocked. 9:28PM 72 mins N'Golo Kante comes off for Danny Drinkwater. Someone is banging a drum in the Huddersfield crowd, setting a tempo the team cannot dance to because they can't get on the ball. 9:25PM 69 mins Ince hits a shot from 20 yards but gets it all wrong. Chris Lowe goes off for Hadergjonaj.  Chelsea attack at speed but Pedro gets underneath his shot, leaning back, and chips it way into the stand. Huddersfield have switched to a back three but another mistake gets Bakayoko away down the left, he curls an early cross into Hazard, who flicks it (again) to Pedro, who shoots wide (again). Out: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 68 min) And that's the end of Hazard's night. Batshuayi is on. 9:21PM 66 mins This is much better from Huddersfield. They're attacking (finally!) down the channels and are able to link a few passes together as Chelsea are forced backwards. It's still too static though and midfielders are quickly running out of passing options, having to then go back to the defenders. 9:19PM 63 mins Hazard has room in the box! He dummies the defender, wins some space and then shoots low at the goal from a narrow angle, winning a corner. So close.  Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 60 min) Huddersfield clear their lines after Bakayoko nearly gets a header at goal... and Chelsea win it back. Willian turns on the Brazilian flair with a flip-flap which draws a gasp from the watching crowd and then suddenly the home team can actually get forward at speed. Ince goes behind Azpilicueta, momentum carrying him beyond the tackle.. and he might score here! One on one... saved! Great chance. Huddersfield have started pushing forward and it's working. Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Tom Ince, 61 min) Zanka tries a long range effort from 35 yards... and it fizzes over the bar! Courtois looked beaten there and it wasn't far away!   9:16PM 60 mins Hazard keeps doing these deceiving backheel flicks and it's tearing holes in the centre of Huddersfield's defence. he's just done it again, sending Willian away and then racing forwards to try and get the reverse pass which doesn't come. Chelsea still with time and space to pass the ball around, nobody ever really being put under too much pressure - Huddersfield are still deep behind the ball and being slowly carved apart. Average touch positions (60 min)   9:12PM 57 mins Here's a photo of Bakayoko's finish (or is it assist?) for Chelsea's opener. Credit: PA The crowd are beginning to turn on their players a wee bit - they want more! That said, the majority are still making a lot of noise singing the team on. There's a touch more urgency about Huddersfield's pressing now too and they've come out of their deep defensive shape, pushing higher up the pitch. Well, they did for about 20 seconds, they're now all back in the final third, except Mounie, who is a passenger.  9:10PM 54 mins Kachunga gets the ball, some midfielders consider moving up the pitch, don't, Kachunga has to go backwards, can't make up his mind and wins a free-kick in his own half. It's like Huddersfield know they can't win and just want this to be over with. Chelsea can be had.  Zanka should be booked for a foul on Hazard but gets away with it. 9:08PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! It's three. So much time and space. Alonso has it, curls in a cross and Pedro has ages to line up his finish and buries the ball. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) Robbie Savage seems to share my sentiments. If they're going to sit back and defend, they need to do so with a lot more bite than this.  9:05PM 48 mins Chelsea in control of the second half already. Nothing has changed. It's big task for Huddersfield to beat Chelsea but imagine you'd paid £30,£40,£50 (and the rest!) a ticket and had to watch your team defend near their own box the entire time without ambition.  9:04PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! 8:51PM The stats Average touch positions (half time) Completely boxed in. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea Chelsea have played really well here but there's energy and tenacity in this Huddersfield team. A more dynamic approach to the second half should at least help balance the match though with the score as it is, Chelsea can relax a little and try to exploit gaps left by Huddersfield searching for a way back into it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.  8:47PM HALF TIME Deserved lead for Chelsea, who are in complete control without having to really try. Is it a change of shape? A change of approach? Huddersfield might as well try something. 8:46PM 45 mins And it's very nearly three! Pedro should really score but doesn't get enough height on his shot and actually, it's a great save by Lossl.  8:44PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Azpilicueta switches play with a long ball to the left wing, the cross comes in and Willian wins a header to make it two. Huddersfield 0 - 2 Chelsea (Willian, 43 min) Huddersfield might as well have not bothered turning up for this. It's not that they look out of their depth, and Chelsea have been good, it's just that Huddersfield have not done anything in the way of attacking, or keeping the ball, or pressing... and Chelsea are easily able to score their second. 8:42PM 42 mins Controversy! The replay of that goal shows that it may well be Lowe's own goal rather than Bakayoko. The Frenchman's chipped finish looked to be heading wide of the far post until the Huddersfield man inadvertently turned it into his own net. 8:40PM 41 mins Huddersfield threaten to cause a bit of trouble in Chelsea's box! Kachunga tries a clever pass into the channel, the ball drops to Ince 25 yards out and he has time to line up the shot. "SHOOOOOT!" yells the crowd but he pokes it wide left inside and the player overlapping loses out. Chelsea move up the pitch and win a free-kick wide right. JUST WIDE! Bakayoko beats his man to the header but can only direct it wide of the far post. Decent attempt. Out: Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 40 min)   8:37PM 38 mins Willian sends a free-kick in from wide left, it strikes a bunch of bodies at the near post and Kante blasts the rebound wildly over the bar. I need Darren Fletcher to stop calling them 'Jake and the Boys'. It makes me wince every time he says it. I'm doing it now just thinking about him saying it again. Please. Please stop. 8:35PM 35 mins On replay, Hazard's deft backheel flick to set up Willian for Chelsea's goal is unbelievably cool. He's been superb in recent weeks, and with confidence he tends to try little bits of skill that make him look even better. Alonso strides forward and for moment it looks like he has three options to aim a cross at in the penalty area... but the defender comes across and blocks. Chelsea build from the back again, switching wings and probing for weakness. 8:31PM 32 mins Every time Huddersfield win the ball near their own box they knock it long and Mounie can't do anything with it. He's completely isolated and nothing's changed since kick-off - he'll be exhausted, if not bored to death, by half time.  The absolute state of this: Huddersfield vs Chelsea This isn't an amateur, non-league team against Chelsea. It's the 12th placed Premier League side.   8:28PM 29 mins Chelsea not finding this difficult at all. Hazard and Willian combine in the final third with some lovely first-time back heel flicks to send Hazard away in behind the defence but the defence deals with it and puts the ball out of play. Chelsea keep coming at them, like a football wolf. 8:25PM 26 mins And the thing is, Huddersfield earned promotion by playing forward thinking football, attacking, pressing, counter-attacking quickly - this is nothing but an attempt but to imagine time doesn't exist for 90 minutes. Sure, Chelsea have much better players but they are literally in the same league. Have a go! How will they respond? 8:24PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! And there it is! Truly, that was inevitable. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) The goalkeeper's kick is poor, Chelsea win it back inside the Huddersfield half and Bakayoko is played in with a through-pass, chipping over Lossl. 8:23PM 22 mins Credit: REUTERS Huddersfield really haven't come here to play football. They have no out-ball and Chelsea are absorbing every long pass they make - it's surely unsustainable for an entire match and you think that at some point they'll open up a bit. Probably after conceding the first goal, judging by this game so far.  8:18PM 19 mins A CORNER! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE A CORNER! Kachunga sends a cross in from the right and Moses shields it behind. The ball is headed by a Chelsea defender, put back in the area... and Mounie is offside. 8:15PM 16 mins Lossl flaps a cross forward and Huddersfield try to break, winning a throw-in near the half way line. Christensen is alert to a through-ball into the forwards and passes back to Courtois, who boots it up the pitch.  Azpilicueta crosses early to Willian, who tries to chest the ball and turn his marker but can't. Alonso overlaps and gets a chipped pass to feet, Willian tries to force a shot, Moses is blocked on the right and Chelsea win the ball back as Huddersfield are unable to to get out of their own half. 8:12PM 13 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea   8:11PM 12 mins Huddersfield finally get hold of the ball and move up the pitch! Mooy tries to smash a volley from 20 yards but is blocked and Chelsea mop up the danger. Credit: REUTERS   8:09PM 9 mins I think Huddersfield have touched the ball twice in the Chelsea half so far. Alonso and Moses are hugging the touchlines to stretch play and allow space for the front three. Huddersfield win a tackle at the halfway line and immediately lose the ball. This should give an idea of how one-sided the game is in the opening 10 minutes: Average touch positions (9 min)   8:06PM 6 mins Hazard is in... but looks offside. He tries to control the pass and crowd falls awfully silent, as though they can't believe he's onside... but he is... and his touch just isn't quite good enough, dropping into the goalkeeper's hands.  And Pedro has scored, but is offside. The opening goal is coming - the front three of Chelsea are at it here. 8:03PM 3 mins Pedro gets in behind the defence early on but he's about 20 miles offside. Chelsea already dominating possession as Huddersfield sit back in numbers inviting them onwards. They're poised to spring but Chelsea are moving the ball around nicely. 8:00PM KICK-OFF And they're off. Chelsea get us started. 7:57PM Here come the players It's raining in Huddersfield but the fans are making a lot of noise. Can they pull off a shock result tonight? 7:49PM Tom Ince Still hasn't scored or assisted in the Premier League for Huddersfield yet and is the focus of the local paper's back page. "He just needs to relax a bit and it'll come," says Gerrard as Cole points out that Huddersfield's low block, rigid counter-attack is well suited to churning out points but doesn't allow free-flowing attacking football - the style of play that would really suit Tom Ince, for example. 7:35PM Huddersfield giving the real Behind the Scenes �� John Iga runs #htafc's starting line-up through a pre-match warm-up (AT) pic.twitter.com/R6IhsJHZAu— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 I love the access that fans have to wee videos like this nowadays, even if you have to access them on Twitter. Life is happier without it.   7:31PM Hazard magic Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Chelsea going without a recognised central striker, that clears the way for Eden Hazard to terrorise Huddersfield in that withdrawn, half-10, half-9 position that is starting to become popular in the Premier League. Liverpool do it with Firmino and Salah, Man City often do it with Sterling, Jesus and Sane swapping positions. Pedro, Willian and Hazard will switch positions all the way through tonight - the Huddersfield defence will be busy. 7:27PM Joe Cole! That's where he's been! Joe Cole, ex-Chelsea midfielder, is in the BT Sport studio tonight alongside Steven Gerrard, who thinks Antonio Conte will be extremely disappointed after Chelsea's weekend defeat to West Ham. "He'll be after a response, a reaction tonight," says Gerrard. Cole has suggested that Chelsea will focus play through the middle of attack tonight, which explains Batshuayi's absence (even if it now seems certain Conte wouldn't trust him to lead the line unless out of other options). 7:03PM Starting lineups Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: Head Coach David Wagner has made one change to his #htafc starting line-up for this evening's @premierleague match against @ChelseaFC; 8pm kick-off. ➡️ Danny Williams ⬅️ @CollinQuaner (AT) pic.twitter.com/j7TGwg5709— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 Chelsea Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/91wXCZaIoS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017 Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Musonda, Batshuayi 6:57PM Chelsea's social media person getting excited Here come the boys! Let's do this. �� #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/G8rsG46gMO— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017   4:58PM Hello! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for Chelsea's visit to Huddersfield on a cold Tuesday night. The fun never stops for Premier League footballers come wind, rain or lots of snow and you can follow all the action from the warmth of your home while professional athletes endure freezing conditions to provide entertainment, in the quest for points. Antonio Conte will provide some heat for his team, no doubt fired up by Chelsea's shock defeat to lowly West Ham on the weekend. They are without bringer of goals (frankincense and myrrh), Alvaro Morata, who has a back injury and can't play. It's expected that Conte will make more changes though in a bid to freshen up the squad and ensure they don't drop any more points in their race for a top four position.  Pick your Chelsea team to face Huddersfield Michy Batshuayi could be handed a start due to Morata's injury but his performances and Conte's apparent lack of trust in the striker might lead to a frontline of Eden Hazard and Willian, with Pedro possibly thrown in for good measure. Huddersfield top scorer Steve Mounie will be lurking around the penalty area trying to make sure David Wagner's side maximise opportunities in a game they know will be tough. Pick your Huddersfield team to face Chelsea Wagner said, "I would take an ugly set-piece goal if it settles the match in our favour. I will take everything against a team like Chelsea. We have to be on a top performance. We cannot give one easy chance away. "We have to avoid unforced errors and have to be at our top level and then we will see how this team works. It's a little bit like a cup tie. Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager: When we lose I'm not happy, in 16 games we lost four games. My experience tells (me) it's impossible to win the title. Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best. This league is not simple. We have to fight to find a place in the Champions League. (But) we must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game, play every game with 120 per cent of our strength, otherwise we risk to have a bad surprise at the end of the season. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Huddersfield 1 Chelsea 3: live reaction as Antonio Conte's side breeze to victory

The Premier League title was all but conceded by Antonio Conte on Saturday and yet three days later, Chelsea played like champions all over again with a demolition of one of the league’s newly-promoted teams and a sign that they are at least able to pick themselves up and continue the pursuit. It was a victory that was never once in doubt, and beginning with a goal from Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those at fault against West Ham, they never looked back against a Huddersfield Town who looked frankly overwhelmed from the very start. Antonio Conte made changes to his side, without the injured Alvaro Morata, and they looked like a team who were responding to a manager who had told them that three defeats to Burnley, Crystal Palace and most recently West Ham was simply not good enough.     They dominated Huddersfield, although they were allowed to do so, and although they had the run of the pitch, the ruthlessness was impressive when Eden Hazard created the first for Bakayoko and then Willian and Pedro added the second and third. In injury-time at the end of the game there was a fine goal from substitute Laurent Depoitre – it turned out to be the last action of the game – and it was very late for Huddersfield to have their first serious attempt on goal. By then Conte had replaced Hazard, N’golo Kante and finally Andreas Christensen eventually bringing on the 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu to play at centre-back. Yet even so it had taken that long for Huddersfield to put a decent ball into the area for one of their strikers, first Steve Mounie and then his replacement Depoitre. Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) Before the victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend, Huddersfield were on a streak of four defeats in a row and they are next back at home for the visits of Stoke and Burnley after Christmas, in a league where fortunes can change very quickly. It certainly felt like a world away from the day in October that Manchester United were beaten in West Yorkshire, lacking all of the intensity and determination that gets shock results like that. It was a cold and wet night and yet it was never intimidating for the home side who had all the time they needed on the ball and barely put a foot wrong as a consequence. Chelsea made light work of Huddersfield Credit: GETTY IMAGES Their record at home to the traditional big sides has been respectable, the drubbing from Arsenal excepted, yet the Huddersfield approach to taking on the champions was a puzzle from the start: no pressing of any note, and just a nine man wall behind the ball that dropped ever deeper. It meant that there was no tempo to the home side and no possibility of the home crowd to get behind David Wagner’s players who did not muster a single attempt on target in the first half and barely had a period of possession to speak of. Instead they spent a lot of time nervously watching Chelsea switch play from one side to the other, probing away until a breakthrough was inevitable. Average touch positions (0 min) The champions switched their formation and it was bad news for Michy Batshuayi for whom there was no place even without Alvaro Morata in the team. Instead Eden Hazard occupied the centre-forward territory and at the back Conte left out Gary Cahill for Antonio Rudiger, presumably with the defeat to West Ham on Saturday still fresh in his mind. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea It was so easy for Chelsea in the first half it was hard to judge how that might have improved the team. They ran the game for the entirety of the 45 minutes and without pressure on their possession broke through on 23 minutes when the Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl slipped over as he cleared the ball and it went in the direction of Victor Moses. Even from that point there was much to do, with the winger directing a header into Hazard, and the ruthlessness with which Chelsea exploited the space was remarkable. Hazard flicked the ball to Willian, back in the team, and he played in Bakayoko down the left who got the ball over Lossl and in. There was an attempt by Chris Lowe to get the ball out the goalmouth but he could not get his feet right in time and ended up needing treatment himself. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) It got little better for Huddersfield, standing off their opponents and letting Cesar Azpilicueta switch the play on 43 minutes to the left where Marcos Alonso was given the time to cross to the back post for WIllian to head in unchallenged. They should have had here by half-time but Lossl blocked Pedro’s shot from Hazard’s ball out to him in the right channel. Wagner did try to change his side at half-time, bringing on the 35-year-old Dean Whitehead in midfield in what seemed like an attempt to retain possession for longer than they had managed until that point. It was an inauspicious start to the second half for the home side with a third goal within five minutes – yet another cross from Alonso, poorly defended by Christopher Schindler and right into the path of Pedro who buried his chance. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) There was eventually a run-out for Batshuayi who came on as a centre-forward in a game that his team were cruising through. At half-time Huddersfield’s on-pitch announcer had offered the opinion that Chelsea’s players “deserved their half-time hot water bottles” and although it was meant in jest, with a reference to last weekend’s attempt to beat the cold, they really might as well have been playing with them. Finally, at the death, and with Chelsea’s team re-arranged, Depoitre glanced in a header from the cross of his fellow substitute Florent Hadergjonaj, although by then the away team’s thoughts had already turned to home.    10:02PM Hazard and Willian post-match Hazard We have a lot of games in a short period and last year we didn't have this because of Champions League. We can deal with that, we have a lot of players but of course we want to rest a little bit more. Are you out of the title race? Willian We know now it's difficult, 14 points - Hazard butts in: 11 points. We won today. We're back in it! 9:51PM FULL TIME Despite that brief moment of excitement, in the end, this match was easy for Chelsea and the win entirely deserved. They kept Huddersfield subdued throughout and though Conte's side were impressive, Wagner's made it easy. They offered mostly nothing to the game. 9:50PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE SCORED! ALERT THE COASTGUARD! Huddersfield 1 - 3 Chelsea (Laurent Depoitre, 90 + 2 min) It's a great cross but Depoitre does superbly to steal ahead of Rudiger to power his header beyond the reach of Courtois! 9:47PM 90 mins +2 Great save Courtois! The ball comes off Ampadu's head and the goalkeeper has to react to turn that away.  9:47PM 90 mins +1 A Huddersfield shot! Rejoice! The ball sits nicely for Williams, he has time and lines up a long range effort.. but drags the ball wide, hits his own player and gives away a goal kick. Not good enough. Miss: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Danny Williams, 90 min)   9:45PM 90 mins Batshuayi comes to life in the penalty area - that's where he knows what's going on! He controls a cross from the right, shows quick feet to create space and allow a shot past the goalkeeper at a narrow angle and it's heading into the back of the net... but the referee blows his whistle for handball. It came off Batshuayi's hand, replays show. 9:42PM 87 mins Ampadu is playing as the central defender of the three and has spread some really nice passes out to wide areas. He takes a touch, looks up and spots Moses running down the right wing and chips a 40/50 yard pass which lands at his feet. 9:40PM 84 mins Batshuayi has been caught miles offside twice since coming on, displaying his regrettable tendency to appear unaware of his surroundings.   9:36PM 81 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  Christensen comes off for Ethan Ampadu, a Welsh 17-year-old midfielder. He's dropped into central defence. 9:34PM 79 mins Chelsea are passing the ball around wonderfully, hitting first time passes and moving on to receive the return. The thing is, they're finding the space to play these one-twos so easy to gain that they're able to experiment with flicks and have an extra few miliseconds to pick their next move. 9:31PM 76 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea That's an improvement! And you'll be pleased to know that Huddersfield now have a forward player with an average position in front of the halfway line.  9:30PM 75 mins And the thing is, when Huddersfield do attack quickly, they look dangerous. Ish. They have pace in wide areas, Mooy is a good runner with the ball through the middle and they're keeping Chelsea subdued by pressing them higher now. Depoitre comes on for Mounie and Chelsea are on the attack straight away. Willian delays his pass to Alonso, forcing play out wide and then the Spaniard's cross is blocked. 9:28PM 72 mins N'Golo Kante comes off for Danny Drinkwater. Someone is banging a drum in the Huddersfield crowd, setting a tempo the team cannot dance to because they can't get on the ball. 9:25PM 69 mins Ince hits a shot from 20 yards but gets it all wrong. Chris Lowe goes off for Hadergjonaj.  Chelsea attack at speed but Pedro gets underneath his shot, leaning back, and chips it way into the stand. Huddersfield have switched to a back three but another mistake gets Bakayoko away down the left, he curls an early cross into Hazard, who flicks it (again) to Pedro, who shoots wide (again). Out: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 68 min) And that's the end of Hazard's night. Batshuayi is on. 9:21PM 66 mins This is much better from Huddersfield. They're attacking (finally!) down the channels and are able to link a few passes together as Chelsea are forced backwards. It's still too static though and midfielders are quickly running out of passing options, having to then go back to the defenders. 9:19PM 63 mins Hazard has room in the box! He dummies the defender, wins some space and then shoots low at the goal from a narrow angle, winning a corner. So close.  Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 60 min) Huddersfield clear their lines after Bakayoko nearly gets a header at goal... and Chelsea win it back. Willian turns on the Brazilian flair with a flip-flap which draws a gasp from the watching crowd and then suddenly the home team can actually get forward at speed. Ince goes behind Azpilicueta, momentum carrying him beyond the tackle.. and he might score here! One on one... saved! Great chance. Huddersfield have started pushing forward and it's working. Attempt Saved: Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Tom Ince, 61 min) Zanka tries a long range effort from 35 yards... and it fizzes over the bar! Courtois looked beaten there and it wasn't far away!   9:16PM 60 mins Hazard keeps doing these deceiving backheel flicks and it's tearing holes in the centre of Huddersfield's defence. he's just done it again, sending Willian away and then racing forwards to try and get the reverse pass which doesn't come. Chelsea still with time and space to pass the ball around, nobody ever really being put under too much pressure - Huddersfield are still deep behind the ball and being slowly carved apart. Average touch positions (60 min)   9:12PM 57 mins Here's a photo of Bakayoko's finish (or is it assist?) for Chelsea's opener. Credit: PA The crowd are beginning to turn on their players a wee bit - they want more! That said, the majority are still making a lot of noise singing the team on. There's a touch more urgency about Huddersfield's pressing now too and they've come out of their deep defensive shape, pushing higher up the pitch. Well, they did for about 20 seconds, they're now all back in the final third, except Mounie, who is a passenger.  9:10PM 54 mins Kachunga gets the ball, some midfielders consider moving up the pitch, don't, Kachunga has to go backwards, can't make up his mind and wins a free-kick in his own half. It's like Huddersfield know they can't win and just want this to be over with. Chelsea can be had.  Zanka should be booked for a foul on Hazard but gets away with it. 9:08PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! It's three. So much time and space. Alonso has it, curls in a cross and Pedro has ages to line up his finish and buries the ball. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Chelsea (Pedro, 50 min) Robbie Savage seems to share my sentiments. If they're going to sit back and defend, they need to do so with a lot more bite than this.  9:05PM 48 mins Chelsea in control of the second half already. Nothing has changed. It's big task for Huddersfield to beat Chelsea but imagine you'd paid £30,£40,£50 (and the rest!) a ticket and had to watch your team defend near their own box the entire time without ambition.  9:04PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! 8:51PM The stats Average touch positions (half time) Completely boxed in. Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea Chelsea have played really well here but there's energy and tenacity in this Huddersfield team. A more dynamic approach to the second half should at least help balance the match though with the score as it is, Chelsea can relax a little and try to exploit gaps left by Huddersfield searching for a way back into it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.  8:47PM HALF TIME Deserved lead for Chelsea, who are in complete control without having to really try. Is it a change of shape? A change of approach? Huddersfield might as well try something. 8:46PM 45 mins And it's very nearly three! Pedro should really score but doesn't get enough height on his shot and actually, it's a great save by Lossl.  8:44PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Azpilicueta switches play with a long ball to the left wing, the cross comes in and Willian wins a header to make it two. Huddersfield 0 - 2 Chelsea (Willian, 43 min) Huddersfield might as well have not bothered turning up for this. It's not that they look out of their depth, and Chelsea have been good, it's just that Huddersfield have not done anything in the way of attacking, or keeping the ball, or pressing... and Chelsea are easily able to score their second. 8:42PM 42 mins Controversy! The replay of that goal shows that it may well be Lowe's own goal rather than Bakayoko. The Frenchman's chipped finish looked to be heading wide of the far post until the Huddersfield man inadvertently turned it into his own net. 8:40PM 41 mins Huddersfield threaten to cause a bit of trouble in Chelsea's box! Kachunga tries a clever pass into the channel, the ball drops to Ince 25 yards out and he has time to line up the shot. "SHOOOOOT!" yells the crowd but he pokes it wide left inside and the player overlapping loses out. Chelsea move up the pitch and win a free-kick wide right. JUST WIDE! Bakayoko beats his man to the header but can only direct it wide of the far post. Decent attempt. Out: Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 40 min)   8:37PM 38 mins Willian sends a free-kick in from wide left, it strikes a bunch of bodies at the near post and Kante blasts the rebound wildly over the bar. I need Darren Fletcher to stop calling them 'Jake and the Boys'. It makes me wince every time he says it. I'm doing it now just thinking about him saying it again. Please. Please stop. 8:35PM 35 mins On replay, Hazard's deft backheel flick to set up Willian for Chelsea's goal is unbelievably cool. He's been superb in recent weeks, and with confidence he tends to try little bits of skill that make him look even better. Alonso strides forward and for moment it looks like he has three options to aim a cross at in the penalty area... but the defender comes across and blocks. Chelsea build from the back again, switching wings and probing for weakness. 8:31PM 32 mins Every time Huddersfield win the ball near their own box they knock it long and Mounie can't do anything with it. He's completely isolated and nothing's changed since kick-off - he'll be exhausted, if not bored to death, by half time.  The absolute state of this: Huddersfield vs Chelsea This isn't an amateur, non-league team against Chelsea. It's the 12th placed Premier League side.   8:28PM 29 mins Chelsea not finding this difficult at all. Hazard and Willian combine in the final third with some lovely first-time back heel flicks to send Hazard away in behind the defence but the defence deals with it and puts the ball out of play. Chelsea keep coming at them, like a football wolf. 8:25PM 26 mins And the thing is, Huddersfield earned promotion by playing forward thinking football, attacking, pressing, counter-attacking quickly - this is nothing but an attempt but to imagine time doesn't exist for 90 minutes. Sure, Chelsea have much better players but they are literally in the same league. Have a go! How will they respond? 8:24PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! And there it is! Truly, that was inevitable. Huddersfield 0 - 1 Chelsea (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 23 min) The goalkeeper's kick is poor, Chelsea win it back inside the Huddersfield half and Bakayoko is played in with a through-pass, chipping over Lossl. 8:23PM 22 mins Credit: REUTERS Huddersfield really haven't come here to play football. They have no out-ball and Chelsea are absorbing every long pass they make - it's surely unsustainable for an entire match and you think that at some point they'll open up a bit. Probably after conceding the first goal, judging by this game so far.  8:18PM 19 mins A CORNER! HUDDERSFIELD HAVE A CORNER! Kachunga sends a cross in from the right and Moses shields it behind. The ball is headed by a Chelsea defender, put back in the area... and Mounie is offside. 8:15PM 16 mins Lossl flaps a cross forward and Huddersfield try to break, winning a throw-in near the half way line. Christensen is alert to a through-ball into the forwards and passes back to Courtois, who boots it up the pitch.  Azpilicueta crosses early to Willian, who tries to chest the ball and turn his marker but can't. Alonso overlaps and gets a chipped pass to feet, Willian tries to force a shot, Moses is blocked on the right and Chelsea win the ball back as Huddersfield are unable to to get out of their own half. 8:12PM 13 mins Possession: Huddersfield vs Chelsea   8:11PM 12 mins Huddersfield finally get hold of the ball and move up the pitch! Mooy tries to smash a volley from 20 yards but is blocked and Chelsea mop up the danger. Credit: REUTERS   8:09PM 9 mins I think Huddersfield have touched the ball twice in the Chelsea half so far. Alonso and Moses are hugging the touchlines to stretch play and allow space for the front three. Huddersfield win a tackle at the halfway line and immediately lose the ball. This should give an idea of how one-sided the game is in the opening 10 minutes: Average touch positions (9 min)   8:06PM 6 mins Hazard is in... but looks offside. He tries to control the pass and crowd falls awfully silent, as though they can't believe he's onside... but he is... and his touch just isn't quite good enough, dropping into the goalkeeper's hands.  And Pedro has scored, but is offside. The opening goal is coming - the front three of Chelsea are at it here. 8:03PM 3 mins Pedro gets in behind the defence early on but he's about 20 miles offside. Chelsea already dominating possession as Huddersfield sit back in numbers inviting them onwards. They're poised to spring but Chelsea are moving the ball around nicely. 8:00PM KICK-OFF And they're off. Chelsea get us started. 7:57PM Here come the players It's raining in Huddersfield but the fans are making a lot of noise. Can they pull off a shock result tonight? 7:49PM Tom Ince Still hasn't scored or assisted in the Premier League for Huddersfield yet and is the focus of the local paper's back page. "He just needs to relax a bit and it'll come," says Gerrard as Cole points out that Huddersfield's low block, rigid counter-attack is well suited to churning out points but doesn't allow free-flowing attacking football - the style of play that would really suit Tom Ince, for example. 7:35PM Huddersfield giving the real Behind the Scenes �� John Iga runs #htafc's starting line-up through a pre-match warm-up (AT) pic.twitter.com/R6IhsJHZAu— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 I love the access that fans have to wee videos like this nowadays, even if you have to access them on Twitter. Life is happier without it.   7:31PM Hazard magic Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Chelsea going without a recognised central striker, that clears the way for Eden Hazard to terrorise Huddersfield in that withdrawn, half-10, half-9 position that is starting to become popular in the Premier League. Liverpool do it with Firmino and Salah, Man City often do it with Sterling, Jesus and Sane swapping positions. Pedro, Willian and Hazard will switch positions all the way through tonight - the Huddersfield defence will be busy. 7:27PM Joe Cole! That's where he's been! Joe Cole, ex-Chelsea midfielder, is in the BT Sport studio tonight alongside Steven Gerrard, who thinks Antonio Conte will be extremely disappointed after Chelsea's weekend defeat to West Ham. "He'll be after a response, a reaction tonight," says Gerrard. Cole has suggested that Chelsea will focus play through the middle of attack tonight, which explains Batshuayi's absence (even if it now seems certain Conte wouldn't trust him to lead the line unless out of other options). 7:03PM Starting lineups Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: Head Coach David Wagner has made one change to his #htafc starting line-up for this evening's @premierleague match against @ChelseaFC; 8pm kick-off. ➡️ Danny Williams ⬅️ @CollinQuaner (AT) pic.twitter.com/j7TGwg5709— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2017 Chelsea Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/91wXCZaIoS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017 Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Musonda, Batshuayi 6:57PM Chelsea's social media person getting excited Here come the boys! Let's do this. �� #HUDCHEpic.twitter.com/G8rsG46gMO— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2017   4:58PM Hello! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for Chelsea's visit to Huddersfield on a cold Tuesday night. The fun never stops for Premier League footballers come wind, rain or lots of snow and you can follow all the action from the warmth of your home while professional athletes endure freezing conditions to provide entertainment, in the quest for points. Antonio Conte will provide some heat for his team, no doubt fired up by Chelsea's shock defeat to lowly West Ham on the weekend. They are without bringer of goals (frankincense and myrrh), Alvaro Morata, who has a back injury and can't play. It's expected that Conte will make more changes though in a bid to freshen up the squad and ensure they don't drop any more points in their race for a top four position.  Pick your Chelsea team to face Huddersfield Michy Batshuayi could be handed a start due to Morata's injury but his performances and Conte's apparent lack of trust in the striker might lead to a frontline of Eden Hazard and Willian, with Pedro possibly thrown in for good measure. Huddersfield top scorer Steve Mounie will be lurking around the penalty area trying to make sure David Wagner's side maximise opportunities in a game they know will be tough. Pick your Huddersfield team to face Chelsea Wagner said, "I would take an ugly set-piece goal if it settles the match in our favour. I will take everything against a team like Chelsea. We have to be on a top performance. We cannot give one easy chance away. "We have to avoid unforced errors and have to be at our top level and then we will see how this team works. It's a little bit like a cup tie. Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager: When we lose I'm not happy, in 16 games we lost four games. My experience tells (me) it's impossible to win the title. Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best. This league is not simple. We have to fight to find a place in the Champions League. (But) we must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game, play every game with 120 per cent of our strength, otherwise we risk to have a bad surprise at the end of the season. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Lamela might be ready to start for Tottenham - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Erik Lamela could make his first start of the season in Tottenham's match against Brighton.

Lamela might be ready to start for Tottenham - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Erik Lamela could make his first start of the season in Tottenham's match against Brighton.

Lamela might be ready to start for Tottenham - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Erik Lamela could make his first start of the season in Tottenham's match against Brighton.

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Pochettino on Brighton

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Premier League - Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion

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Huddersfield vs Chelsea, Premier League: team news, injuries and suspensions

What is it? This is the Premier League match between Huddersfield and Chelsea - 12th against third. When is it? The match takes place on Tuesday 12 December, 2017. What time is kick-off? It will begin at 8pm. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown on BT Sport 1. Should you not have access to that channel, you can follow all the latest right here when this page turns into our live blog. What is the team news? Huddersfield Rajiv van La Parra will return to contention for the match. Van La Parra has served a three-game ban following his straight red card in the recent home defeat to Manchester City and head coach David Wagner must decide whether the winger will start. Wagner has no new injury or suspension worries after Saturday's home win against Brighton, while defender Michael Hefele returned to full training on Sunday following an Achilles injury. Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer is ineligible. Provisional squad: Lossl, Coleman, Malone, Cranie, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Smith, Lowe, Williams, Whitehead, Hogg, Mooy, Ince, Kachunga, Van La Parra, Quaner, Depoitre, Mounie. Pick your Huddersfield team to face Chelsea Chelsea Striker Alvaro Morata will miss the clash at Huddersfield through fatigue and a back issue. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is poised to rotate his options as he seeks an immediate response to the loss at West Ham, but Morata is not available. Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could also be rested after his half-time substitution at the London Stadium, while midfielder Danny Drinkwater (illness) and defender David Luiz (knee) could come into contention, with both being monitored. Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Eduardo, Ampadu. Pick your Chelsea team to face Huddersfield What are they saying? David Wagner, Huddersfield manager: I would take an ugly set-piece goal if it settles the match in our favour. I will take everything against a team like Chelsea. We have to be on a top performance. We cannot give one easy chance away. We have to avoid unforced errors and have to be at our top level and then we will see how this team works. It's a little bit like a cup tie. Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager: I'm not happy because the last game we lost against West Ham. I like to win. When we lose I'm not happy. In 16 games we lost four games. My experience tells (me) it's impossible to win the title. Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best. This league is not simple. We have to fight to find a place in the Champions League. (But) we must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game, play every game with 120 per cent of our strength, otherwise we risk to have a bad surprise at the end of the season. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Huddersfield win: 7/1 Draw: 7/2 Chelsea win: 4/9 What's our prediction? Huddersfield go into this match on the back of a victory, while Chelsea tasted an unexpected defeat. Expect the tables to be turned this time around with Conte's team out for revenge. 0-3

Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Manchester City were not at their best but were good enough to beat Manchester United away, the first time United have lost at home in 41 matches… since City last beat them. So much was rightly made last weekend of the brilliance of David De Gea so it was ironic that it was City’s Ederson who made a De Gea-like double-save to preserve the victory. The Brazilian is an outfield player with gloves and has made such an incredible difference to City this season. Here's my team of the week, in a 4-4-2 formation: Ederson, goalkeeper The Brazilian is phenomenal with the ball at his feet and is also a fine goalkeeker, making an incredible double-save to secure Manchester City’s win away to Manchester United. Jonjoe Kenny, right back The 20-year-old from Kirkdale was Everton’s most impressive defender in the 1-1 draw away to Liverpool. Was offered little protection by Wayne Rooney ahead of him but coped well. Jonjoe Kenny showed maturity beyond his years Credit: Getty Images Nicolas Otamendi, centre back The Argentinean has been much-maligned at Manchester City but has stepped up this season and was his team’s senior defender, especially when Vincent Kompany went off injured. Forced one goal and scored another. Alfie Mawson, centre back It has been a difficult season for Mawson who was so outstanding in the second-half of the last campaign as Swansea saved themselves. He contained the threat West Brom’s Salomon Rondon posed, helped keep a clean sheet and earned a vital win. Arthur Masuaku, left back The left wing-back has found his best role at West Ham and was the pick of the bunch in the win over Chelsea. He also gave his team much-needed respite with his ability to run with the ball. Arthur Masuaku helped inspire West Ham to victory over Chelsea Credit: reuters Heung-Min Son, right midfield The Korean has become a more robust and positive player and showed that in Tottenham’s win over Stoke as he forced the opening goal, an own-goal, before claiming a brilliant strike in the rout. Got a standing ovation as he went off. Johann Gudmundsson, centre midfield The Icelandic winger has been one of the unsung heroes of Burnley’s outstanding season so far, but his energy and positive approach has been key to their success and was again in the win over Watford. David Silva, centre midfield The Spaniard is a Rolls-Royce of a player and was outstanding again in Manchester City’s derby win away to United. He scored, he controlled the game. He was competitive and played in a couple of positions. Brilliant. David SIlva controlled Sunday's Manchester derby Credit: getty images Demarai Gray, left midfield The winger is becoming a fixture in the ‘team of the weekend’ and has seized the chance given to him by new Leicester City manager Claude Puel. Scored and was a constant threat in the win away to Newcastle United. Jermain Defoe, forward Two predatory goals from the veteran striker again showed how he can still perform in the Premier League. His contribution, especially his smartly taken second goal, was overshadowed in Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw away to Crystal Palace by Christian Benteke’s penalty miss. Steve Mounie, forward The French striker started the season strongly, got injured, had a dip in form but scored both goals as Huddersfield Town defeated Brighton – who lack a striker such as Mounie. He would appear their best chance of scoring the goals to stay up.

Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Manchester City were not at their best but were good enough to beat Manchester United away, the first time United have lost at home in 41 matches… since City last beat them. So much was rightly made last weekend of the brilliance of David De Gea so it was ironic that it was City’s Ederson who made a De Gea-like double-save to preserve the victory. The Brazilian is an outfield player with gloves and has made such an incredible difference to City this season. Here's my team of the week, in a 4-4-2 formation: Ederson, goalkeeper The Brazilian is phenomenal with the ball at his feet and is also a fine goalkeeker, making an incredible double-save to secure Manchester City’s win away to Manchester United. Jonjoe Kenny, right back The 20-year-old from Kirkdale was Everton’s most impressive defender in the 1-1 draw away to Liverpool. Was offered little protection by Wayne Rooney ahead of him but coped well. Jonjoe Kenny showed maturity beyond his years Credit: Getty Images Nicolas Otamendi, centre back The Argentinean has been much-maligned at Manchester City but has stepped up this season and was his team’s senior defender, especially when Vincent Kompany went off injured. Forced one goal and scored another. Alfie Mawson, centre back It has been a difficult season for Mawson who was so outstanding in the second-half of the last campaign as Swansea saved themselves. He contained the threat West Brom’s Salomon Rondon posed, helped keep a clean sheet and earned a vital win. Arthur Masuaku, left back The left wing-back has found his best role at West Ham and was the pick of the bunch in the win over Chelsea. He also gave his team much-needed respite with his ability to run with the ball. Arthur Masuaku helped inspire West Ham to victory over Chelsea Credit: reuters Heung-Min Son, right midfield The Korean has become a more robust and positive player and showed that in Tottenham’s win over Stoke as he forced the opening goal, an own-goal, before claiming a brilliant strike in the rout. Got a standing ovation as he went off. Johann Gudmundsson, centre midfield The Icelandic winger has been one of the unsung heroes of Burnley’s outstanding season so far, but his energy and positive approach has been key to their success and was again in the win over Watford. David Silva, centre midfield The Spaniard is a Rolls-Royce of a player and was outstanding again in Manchester City’s derby win away to United. He scored, he controlled the game. He was competitive and played in a couple of positions. Brilliant. David SIlva controlled Sunday's Manchester derby Credit: getty images Demarai Gray, left midfield The winger is becoming a fixture in the ‘team of the weekend’ and has seized the chance given to him by new Leicester City manager Claude Puel. Scored and was a constant threat in the win away to Newcastle United. Jermain Defoe, forward Two predatory goals from the veteran striker again showed how he can still perform in the Premier League. His contribution, especially his smartly taken second goal, was overshadowed in Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw away to Crystal Palace by Christian Benteke’s penalty miss. Steve Mounie, forward The French striker started the season strongly, got injured, had a dip in form but scored both goals as Huddersfield Town defeated Brighton – who lack a striker such as Mounie. He would appear their best chance of scoring the goals to stay up.

Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Manchester City were not at their best but were good enough to beat Manchester United away, the first time United have lost at home in 41 matches… since City last beat them. So much was rightly made last weekend of the brilliance of David De Gea so it was ironic that it was City’s Ederson who made a De Gea-like double-save to preserve the victory. The Brazilian is an outfield player with gloves and has made such an incredible difference to City this season. Here's my team of the week, in a 4-4-2 formation: Ederson, goalkeeper The Brazilian is phenomenal with the ball at his feet and is also a fine goalkeeker, making an incredible double-save to secure Manchester City’s win away to Manchester United. Jonjoe Kenny, right back The 20-year-old from Kirkdale was Everton’s most impressive defender in the 1-1 draw away to Liverpool. Was offered little protection by Wayne Rooney ahead of him but coped well. Jonjoe Kenny showed maturity beyond his years Credit: Getty Images Nicolas Otamendi, centre back The Argentinean has been much-maligned at Manchester City but has stepped up this season and was his team’s senior defender, especially when Vincent Kompany went off injured. Forced one goal and scored another. Alfie Mawson, centre back It has been a difficult season for Mawson who was so outstanding in the second-half of the last campaign as Swansea saved themselves. He contained the threat West Brom’s Salomon Rondon posed, helped keep a clean sheet and earned a vital win. Arthur Masuaku, left back The left wing-back has found his best role at West Ham and was the pick of the bunch in the win over Chelsea. He also gave his team much-needed respite with his ability to run with the ball. Arthur Masuaku helped inspire West Ham to victory over Chelsea Credit: reuters Heung-Min Son, right midfield The Korean has become a more robust and positive player and showed that in Tottenham’s win over Stoke as he forced the opening goal, an own-goal, before claiming a brilliant strike in the rout. Got a standing ovation as he went off. Johann Gudmundsson, centre midfield The Icelandic winger has been one of the unsung heroes of Burnley’s outstanding season so far, but his energy and positive approach has been key to their success and was again in the win over Watford. David Silva, centre midfield The Spaniard is a Rolls-Royce of a player and was outstanding again in Manchester City’s derby win away to United. He scored, he controlled the game. He was competitive and played in a couple of positions. Brilliant. David SIlva controlled Sunday's Manchester derby Credit: getty images Demarai Gray, left midfield The winger is becoming a fixture in the ‘team of the weekend’ and has seized the chance given to him by new Leicester City manager Claude Puel. Scored and was a constant threat in the win away to Newcastle United. Jermain Defoe, forward Two predatory goals from the veteran striker again showed how he can still perform in the Premier League. His contribution, especially his smartly taken second goal, was overshadowed in Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw away to Crystal Palace by Christian Benteke’s penalty miss. Steve Mounie, forward The French striker started the season strongly, got injured, had a dip in form but scored both goals as Huddersfield Town defeated Brighton – who lack a striker such as Mounie. He would appear their best chance of scoring the goals to stay up.

Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Manchester City were not at their best but were good enough to beat Manchester United away, the first time United have lost at home in 41 matches… since City last beat them. So much was rightly made last weekend of the brilliance of David De Gea so it was ironic that it was City’s Ederson who made a De Gea-like double-save to preserve the victory. The Brazilian is an outfield player with gloves and has made such an incredible difference to City this season. Here's my team of the week, in a 4-4-2 formation: Ederson, goalkeeper The Brazilian is phenomenal with the ball at his feet and is also a fine goalkeeker, making an incredible double-save to secure Manchester City’s win away to Manchester United. Jonjoe Kenny, right back The 20-year-old from Kirkdale was Everton’s most impressive defender in the 1-1 draw away to Liverpool. Was offered little protection by Wayne Rooney ahead of him but coped well. Jonjoe Kenny showed maturity beyond his years Credit: Getty Images Nicolas Otamendi, centre back The Argentinean has been much-maligned at Manchester City but has stepped up this season and was his team’s senior defender, especially when Vincent Kompany went off injured. Forced one goal and scored another. Alfie Mawson, centre back It has been a difficult season for Mawson who was so outstanding in the second-half of the last campaign as Swansea saved themselves. He contained the threat West Brom’s Salomon Rondon posed, helped keep a clean sheet and earned a vital win. Arthur Masuaku, left back The left wing-back has found his best role at West Ham and was the pick of the bunch in the win over Chelsea. He also gave his team much-needed respite with his ability to run with the ball. Arthur Masuaku helped inspire West Ham to victory over Chelsea Credit: reuters Heung-Min Son, right midfield The Korean has become a more robust and positive player and showed that in Tottenham’s win over Stoke as he forced the opening goal, an own-goal, before claiming a brilliant strike in the rout. Got a standing ovation as he went off. Johann Gudmundsson, centre midfield The Icelandic winger has been one of the unsung heroes of Burnley’s outstanding season so far, but his energy and positive approach has been key to their success and was again in the win over Watford. David Silva, centre midfield The Spaniard is a Rolls-Royce of a player and was outstanding again in Manchester City’s derby win away to United. He scored, he controlled the game. He was competitive and played in a couple of positions. Brilliant. David SIlva controlled Sunday's Manchester derby Credit: getty images Demarai Gray, left midfield The winger is becoming a fixture in the ‘team of the weekend’ and has seized the chance given to him by new Leicester City manager Claude Puel. Scored and was a constant threat in the win away to Newcastle United. Jermain Defoe, forward Two predatory goals from the veteran striker again showed how he can still perform in the Premier League. His contribution, especially his smartly taken second goal, was overshadowed in Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw away to Crystal Palace by Christian Benteke’s penalty miss. Steve Mounie, forward The French striker started the season strongly, got injured, had a dip in form but scored both goals as Huddersfield Town defeated Brighton – who lack a striker such as Mounie. He would appear their best chance of scoring the goals to stay up.

Premier League - Huddersfield Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - Huddersfield Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion - John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, Britain - December 9, 2017 Huddersfield Town’s Tom Ince shoots at goal as Brighton’s Markus Suttner attempts to block REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Huddersfield winger Tom Ince confident champions Chelsea will 'not fancy' visit to John Smith’s Stadium

Tom Ince believes Chelsea will not fancy a Tuesday night in Huddersfield, as the champions try to bounce back following a shock defeat at West Ham United. Antonio Conte’s Yorkshire-bound men should take note and react to the words from Huddersfield winger Ince, who was impressive in a comfortable win over mid-table Brighton on Saturday. It was an opportune moment for Ince to display his ability, with England manager Gareth Southgate watching in the directors’ box. “I don’t think Chelsea or anyone fancies coming here,” Ince said. “The way we get in people’s faces, we stop people playing. We win our tackles, we win our battles, we make it difficult for teams.  “Chelsea have got talent in abundance. But we feel we can cause any team problems here. We beat Man United here - we deserved to beat Man United - and we ran Man City close.”  Discussing the club’s form at home, where they have taken 14 points from eight games, Huddersfield defender Mathias Jorgensen said: “It’s not a nice place to come and visit. On a day like this - it’s cold, people cheering, and we’re a very aggressive team.  Babbello Index November “Chelsea will be more hungry for points [after their defeat]. You can say they don’t slip up that often - it’ll be up to us to make it a bad game for them.” One Chelsea player - Izzy Brown, who is on loan at Brighton - tasted how bad it can be for a visiting player on Saturday. Last season, Brown had been on loan at Huddersfield from Chelsea and he impressed, but the 20-year-old struggled on his return. The damage for Brighton was done in the first half when Steve Mounie bundled in the first then headed home a second.  Steve Mounie reels away in celebration after scoring his and Huddersfield's second against Brighton Credit: Getty Images Brown said: “I was trying to give [the Brighton players] tips before the game on who might play, how they press, but it’s still tough to play against Huddersfield. “It was lapses in concentration and we conceded from two set-pieces. We worked on it, but someone lost their man and they scored twice.  “It doesn’t get any easier [with Tottenham to play on Wednesday]. We’ll go there with defensive discipline and counter attack.  “We know they’ve got some great players in Dele [Alli], Harry [Kane], they’re all amazing. The boys here, we played against [Sergio] Aguero and kept him quiet for most of the game, so we can handle it.”

Huddersfield winger Tom Ince confident champions Chelsea will 'not fancy' visit to John Smith’s Stadium

Tom Ince believes Chelsea will not fancy a Tuesday night in Huddersfield, as the champions try to bounce back following a shock defeat at West Ham United. Antonio Conte’s Yorkshire-bound men should take note and react to the words from Huddersfield winger Ince, who was impressive in a comfortable win over mid-table Brighton on Saturday. It was an opportune moment for Ince to display his ability, with England manager Gareth Southgate watching in the directors’ box. “I don’t think Chelsea or anyone fancies coming here,” Ince said. “The way we get in people’s faces, we stop people playing. We win our tackles, we win our battles, we make it difficult for teams.  “Chelsea have got talent in abundance. But we feel we can cause any team problems here. We beat Man United here - we deserved to beat Man United - and we ran Man City close.”  Discussing the club’s form at home, where they have taken 14 points from eight games, Huddersfield defender Mathias Jorgensen said: “It’s not a nice place to come and visit. On a day like this - it’s cold, people cheering, and we’re a very aggressive team.  Babbello Index November “Chelsea will be more hungry for points [after their defeat]. You can say they don’t slip up that often - it’ll be up to us to make it a bad game for them.” One Chelsea player - Izzy Brown, who is on loan at Brighton - tasted how bad it can be for a visiting player on Saturday. Last season, Brown had been on loan at Huddersfield from Chelsea and he impressed, but the 20-year-old struggled on his return. The damage for Brighton was done in the first half when Steve Mounie bundled in the first then headed home a second.  Steve Mounie reels away in celebration after scoring his and Huddersfield's second against Brighton Credit: Getty Images Brown said: “I was trying to give [the Brighton players] tips before the game on who might play, how they press, but it’s still tough to play against Huddersfield. “It was lapses in concentration and we conceded from two set-pieces. We worked on it, but someone lost their man and they scored twice.  “It doesn’t get any easier [with Tottenham to play on Wednesday]. We’ll go there with defensive discipline and counter attack.  “We know they’ve got some great players in Dele [Alli], Harry [Kane], they’re all amazing. The boys here, we played against [Sergio] Aguero and kept him quiet for most of the game, so we can handle it.”

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

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