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Pick and share your Chelsea side to beat Huddersfield

 • by Adam Newson
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Forget the Community Shield, the Maurizio Sarri era at Chelsea gets underway in earnest when the Blues take on Huddersfield Town in their 2018/19 Premier League opener.

The Italian replaced Antonio Conte this summer and will be looking to implement his brand of high-energy attacking football. However, it may be some time until Sarri’s Chelsea are fully up to speed.

A number of players returned late to pre-season training following their exploits at the World Cup. Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kanté only started training on Monday and their head coach has warned the trio are unlikely to start in tandem against the Terriers.

That may mean an opportunity for several players to impress and our unique algorithm has predicted the Chelsea side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game. You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

When you’re happy with your team, press ‘confirm’ and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.