Chelsea are set to do something we haven’t done in a little over 34 years. Not since October 1983 have Chelsea played Huddersfield in a league game — a brace from Kerry Dixon and one more from Paul Canoville got Chelsea the 3-2 win in the second division. We have to go back another ten years for the last top flight encounter between the two sides. (There have been a few FA Cup meetings in the meantime, including 2008 and 2006, Chelsea winning both.)
Fortunately, Chelsea don’t have to actually do something that rare on Tuesday; we just have to get back to winning ways after the disappointing loss to West Ham on Saturday, which followed a slightly less disappointing 1-1 draw against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday. Chelsea played a full strength lineup in both of those games, and the tired legs took part of the blame for Saturday’s loss.
So, perhaps a bit of rotation is in order? Huddersfield did beat Brighton 2-0 yesterday, but prior to that had lost four in a row and had won just two games since the start of September. The Terriers did start the season well, which means that the newly promoted side currently still sit firmly mid-table.
Assuming Drinkwater recovers from his illness, all players except David Luiz should be available for Conte to choose from.