Chelsea were embarrassed in midweek but will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing bottom club Huddersfield on Saturday.
The Blues were beaten 4-0 by Bournemouth on Wednesday, the heaviest defeat of the Roman Abramovich era, but face a team who have taken just one point from the last 33 available.
All looked rosy when Maurizio Sarri won his opening Premier League game as Chelsea boss, beating Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium in August and the Italian will be looking for a similar performance.
The Londoners have kept clean sheets in four of their last six at home in the league and face a team who have netted just 13 times all season. To put that into context, Eden Hazard has individually scored 10 and may feel he has a point to prove as he looks to end a five-match goalless run, after reportedly being singled out for criticism by the coach in the post-match inquisition at the Vitality Stadium.
Hazard is arguably the best player in the Premier League, but appears to be growing frustrated with Sarri’s tactics. His talent is unquestioned though and he will relish the chance to try and unlock a defence that has so often been found wanting in the Premier League.
Huddersfield did draw 1-1 at Stamford Bridge last season, a point which sealed their Premier League status but another such case is unlikely.
New boss Jan Siewert may already be planning for next season in the Championship with his team fighting a losing battle and Sarri will be imploring his side to punish the Yorkshire team in a bid to boost their top four hopes.
A fast start will undoubtedly work in their favour and punters may want to consider that there has been at least one goal in the first half in eight of Chelsea’s 12 home matches this season.
If Hazard is in form, cards could also be worth a look with Huddersfield’s frustrated defence averaging five bookings in their last five away games.