Paul Merson predicts Huddersfield v Chelsea FC

Paul Merson is tipping Chelsea FC to get their season off to a winning start by beating Huddersfield 2-0

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Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to get their Premier League campaign off to a solid start by beating Huddersfield Town 2-0 in their opener on Saturday.

The west London side are currently getting to grips with life under new manager Maurizio Sarri after his appointment at Stamford Bridge last month.

Sarri has been drafted in to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge after the west London club opted to part company with the Italian boss after their fifth-placed finish last term.

The Blues will be aiming to break back into the top four at the very least next season after they ended up in fifth place and won the FA Cup last term.

The west London club get their campaign under way with a trip to Huddersfield this weekend, and former Arsenal star Merson is tipping the Blues to claim a comfortable victory in their opener.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: “Huddersfield have got to start well. David Wagner performed miracles keeping them up last season and they were helped by a good start. This is a really tough game for them.

“Chelsea have their problems but I just feel they’ll have too much for Huddersfield. They went there last season and were a class above, and they’ll want to impress their new manager.”

Chelsea FC will have to settle for Europa League football this season after they missed out on Champions League qualification due to their fifth-placed finish.

The Blues have won the Premier League title in two of the last four years and will be hoping to challenge once again this term.

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