Sky Sports pundit reveals his prediction for Chelsea FC v Huddersfield

Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Chelsea FC's home clash with Huddersfield on Saturday

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

Charlie Nicholas is tipping Chelsea FC to return to winning ways when they host Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues slumped to a shock 4-0 loss to Bournemouth on Wednesday night as they suffered another setback to their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.

That result left Chelsea FC in fifth place in the Premier League table after Arsenal moved above their London rivals thanks to their superior goal difference.

Chelsea FC will look to get their campaign back on track when they host Huddersfield Town in front of their home fans in west London on Saturday afternoon.

And despite the west London side having been in stuttering form of late, former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Nicholas is tipping the Blues to claim all three points this weekend.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “Like for Chelsea, this is also a must win for Huddersfield. I know the new man [Jan Siewert] has just come in and needs time, but you do not have time with the situation they are in as the gap is now very, very big indeed.

“In all honestly, I think they are gone and although he will not admit it, the new man is just trying to use players to blend to his style. But the one thing he will not want is to get embarrassed and that can happen at Chelsea.

“Chelsea are there for the taking right now though and Sarri is under serious scrutiny.

“I do not think that will affect his decision making, but the thing with Chelsea all season is if they do not get the ball to Hazard, they do not win football matches. So, it will be interesting to see what Hazard’s reaction is to this team situation at the moment.

“However, I expect Chelsea to come through this one as it is a chance to get into the top four, so I expect a fairly comfortable win with a little bit of anger in it, with Hazard scoring twice.”

Chelsea FC will look to win their first major trophy under Maurizio Sarri when they take on Manchester City at Wembley in the League Cup final on 24 February.

The west London side won the FA Cup last season but finished fifth in the Premier League table under Antonio Conte as they missed out on Champions League qualification.

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