Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town

Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town preview: Tough London trip for the Terriers

Huddersfield Town began this Premier League campaign in the worst way possible. Match day one spelled defeat as David Wagner and his wards were soundly beaten 3-0 in front of their home crowd. Chelsea did the inflicting. For match day 24, the Terriers travel to west London to face the same foe. For more reasons than one, this isn’t a trip that sparks excitement for the west Yorkshire side. More likely the exact opposite.

If Huddersfield could pick and choose fixtures to play at this moment, they surely wouldn’t choose to play a top-six Premier League side, desperate for a top-four finish. Confidence levels in Jan Siewert’s side are at an all-time low.

Since the start of the season, the Terriers have looked a shadow of themselves from last term. At this point in 2017/18, they were 14th in the League with a real chance of beating the drop, which they did. They’re currently bottom of the league without a glimmer of hope of staying in the top-tier beyond May 2019. Read More

Huddersfield vs Manchester City

Huddersfield vs Manchester City Preview: New manager bounce?

There may not be any sport which is drawn so magnetically to the apocryphal as football. The idea that marquee signings recoup their value through shirt sales. Pundits citing win-loss records from the last 50 years in games between two teams who are now made up of entirely different players. The idea that there is such a thing as a ‘ball to hand’ rule. And then there is the New Manager Bounce.

It seems obvious enough: you get rid of your old manager; bring in a new one; the results are almost certain to turn around at once (even if only for a short period). There is only one problem: it’s almost certainly not true.

When Omar Chaudhuri, head of football intelligence at the London-based sports consultants 21st Club spoke to Reuters about the New Manager Bounce, he was quite clear — there is no evidence that it exists:

“What we see is that when managers are sacked, a lot of the times their teams have been playing okay, but without luck. It only needs one crucial moment per game to go against you and that is the difference between three points and one or one point and no points. In most cases sacked managers are unlucky.

“It’s like calling tails five times in a row in a coin toss and losing each one. The next person calls tails and wins. It’s the same with a football manager.”

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Arsenal vs Huddersfield Town Preview: 21 gun salute?

Arsenal head into the busy Christmas period in good shape in the top four race. They are currently tied on points for the last Champions League spot with Chelsea and behind their north London rivals in third by two points.

This weekend they face a tough task, hosting Huddersfield Town. Huddersfield themselves are in a tough situation currently sitting in 17th place just outside of the relegation spots.

Have Arsenal sorted out their defensive issues?

One of the reoccurring issues for Arsenal over the years has been a leaky defense. That trend has continued under Unai Emery, at least until the last few matches. Over the last three games Arsenal have switched to a back three and that has coincided with much better defensive numbers.

The only problem for Arsenal is that even with better defensive performances recently, one of their three primary center backs is now feared to be out with a potential major knee injury. Read More

Huddersfield vs Liverpool Premier League Preview

Huddersfield vs Liverpool Preview: Will the Reds’ front three finally fire?

Liverpool’s season is at something of an interesting crossroads. On the one hand, they’ve had their hardest start to a campaign in 25 years. The Reds have got through it largely unscathed, all things considered, and have 20 points after eight league matches for only the third time in the Premier League era.

But the goals and great results have also dried up recently. Liverpool haven’t won any of their last four games in all competitions, scoring just twice along the way. When the opposition reads Chelsea (twice), Napoli and Manchester City, the sky isn’t exactly falling in. What is concerning Kopites, though, is the lack of goals from their fabled front three.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah have nine league goals between them. This is the same tally as they had after eight games of 2017/18, so it’s far too soon to be overly worried. However, Mané hasn’t scored in his last seven starts, and Salah only has one goal in his. The Reds’ four game win-less run is comprised of their only matches this season where none of their first choice front trio has found the net.

Will they find their feet now their fixture list softens over the next few weeks? Or are they genuinely out of form? Read More

Huddersfield vs Tottenham Premier League Preview

Huddersfield vs Tottenham: Spurs still shaky as Gazzaniga stars again

Spurs will be hoping their top strength side will be able to overcome Huddersfield Town in their Premier League clash, after fielding a weakened team in their penalty shootout victory over Watford at the Stadium MK in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Tottenham made a number of changes against Watford, having already been beaten by them this season. Spurs were hopeful the return of Wanyama and Sissoko would solidify the midfield after their absences. The ever so common rotation of full backs also occurred, seeing Aurier and Davies returning to the starting line-up.

To everyone’s delight Harry Kane was rested, alongside Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen who did not even feature in the match day squad. The England captain has clearly been struggling with fatigue after a long summer at the World Cup, so hopefully this break will bring new life into the Spurs striker who has been unable to find the back of the net like he usually does. Read More

Manchester City vs Huddersfield preview

Manchester City vs Huddersfield Preview: Mended Mendy Can Help Ease De Bruyne Blow

Manchester City’s campaign to be the first repeat champions of the Premier League since their crosstown rivals Manchester United in 2008-09 got off to an auspicious start on Sunday, but then quickly took a big hit with news of Kevin De Bruyne‘s injury.

With Arsenal fairly comfortably dispatched thanks to goals from Sterling and Bernardo Silva, one can be forgiven in thinking that relegation favorites Huddersfield Town will be a much easier task, even without City’s talisman. However, in some ways the Terriers visit is perhaps a truer test of how far City have progressed than an Arsenal side still feeling out what Unai Emery wants from them, and will allow fans to see how City intend to cope with De Bruyne’s absence.

When asked on what new ideas he had for the upcoming season, City manager Pep Guardiola focused his attention on how to attack teams with 10 men behind the ball. Read More

Chelsea Huddersfield preview

Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea Preview: Do you feel Sarri?

Here we are starting a new Premier League season with great tactical ideas coming from the best managers on earth. And if Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino reigned before, there’s a new knight on Queensland. He’s Chelsea’s new manager, and he speaks with his hands.

For me it’ll be a pleasure to follow Italian coach Maurizio Sarri’s work at Stamford Bridge and bring it to you here on Twelve Football, using these amazing tools and producing some thoughts about tactics and analytics.

Sarri marks a significant shift in tactical strategy for Chelsea following 14 years of reactive counter-attacking football instigated by Jose Mourinho way back in 2004. It became a Blues tradition to hire coaches with principles of conservatism, with Andres Villas-Boas the notable exception.

From Rafa Benitez to Luis Felipe Scolari, from Mourinho’s second term to Antonio Conte, Chelsea had always preferred not to propose the match, but to suffer without controlling the ball. That’s coming to an end now.

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