Huddersfield Town will travel to Stamford Bridge for the first time in the league since February 1984 on Wednesday when they face Chelsea.
Their 34-season separation throughout the divisions from last season’s English Premier League winners came to an end 12 months ago, when Christopher Schindler scored the winning spot kick in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final penalty shootout against Reading at Wembley Stadium.
It marked an emphatic season for David Wagner’s side, who had earned to promotion to the top flight for the first time since the 1971/1972 campaign.
Their record against Chelsea over the years in league competition has been quite a poor one, with their last league victory over The Blues happening in March 1963, where a near 32,500 strong crowd witnessed Town earn a 2-1 win in South West London.
However, it has been less than 20 years since Huddersfield Town departed Kings Road with a victory. The team, who were then managed by Steve Bruce, earned a 1-0 victory in the League Cup over The Blues, whose team included the likes of John Terry, Carlo Cudicini, Roberto Di Matteo and Graeme Le Saux.
When these two sides faced each other in the league in December, a sublime individual performance from Willian earned Chelsea a 3-1 victory at the John Smith’s Stadium; the Brazilian forward, scored and provided two assists that day.
There may only be two league matches for both sides remaining, but they both have an awful lot to play for. Wins for Chelsea over The Terriers and Newcastle United in their final two matches could be enough to earn them a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, but they are heavily reliant on either Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur to drop points.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield are currently three points clear of the relegation zone, but with their final matches coming against The Blues and Arsenal, they will be desperate to salvage whatever possible against the two former English Premier League champions.
There is a lot at stake on Wednesday evening in the capital, but Chelsea are currently on their best run of form this season, and I personally can’t see them being stopped by relegation-threated Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.
Score Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Huddersfield Town
By Jonty Colman