Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Huddersfield

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Chelsea FC's clash with Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge on Saturday

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to bounce back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield in front of their home fans on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues head into the game on the back of their surprise 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Bournemouth on Wednesday night as Maurizio Sarri’s side suffered a significant blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four.

That result allowed Arsenal to move above them in the Premier League table and left Chelsea FC having won just two of their last five games in the top flight this season.

The Chelsea FC squad will be desperate to return to winning ways on Saturday as they aim to reignite their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.

And Lawrenson is tipping the Blues to do just that as Sarri looks to help guide the west London side back into the top four.

Writing in his predictions column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “What is happening at Chelsea? It is very odd.

“They are into the Carabao Cup final, they have just signed Gonzalo Higuain, and they got an exciting draw in the FA Cup fifth-round with Manchester United.

“Then they to go to Bournemouth, who were without injured striker Callum Wilson, lose 4-0 and put in a performance like they did. It is baffling.

“Maybe their manager Maurizio Sarri was right when he criticised his team after they lost to Arsenal a couple of weeks ago but I don’t think he has helped himself – and if one, two or more of his players still cannot get themselves psyched up after all that then he is trouble.

“But as bad as the Blues were against Bournemouth, I still think they will beat Huddersfield. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Higuain opened his account for the club too.

“I don’t think Jan Siewert has been appointed Huddersfield boss to try to keep them up, he has got the job to get them back up next season.

“He has got a chance to take a look at his squad over the next few months to get to know his players and work out what he needs to do over the summer.”

Chelsea FC finished in fifth place under Antonio Conte last season but they managed to win the FA Cup in the Italian’s final campaign in charge.

A top-four finish will be seen as a minimum requirement for Sarri this season as the Blues look to get back into the Champions League.

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