Chelsea team news: Hazard & Giroud benched as Morata starts vital Huddersfield clash

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The Blues make six changes despite the must win status of their clash against a side which is desperate to get a point to officially avoid relegation

Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud both start on the bench for Chelsea as the Blues take on Huddersfield Town in a game vital to their chances of finishing in the top four.

Alvaro Morata starts after missing the last game with a minor injury while Willian, Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen and Willy Caballero also come in as Antonio Conte makes six changes from the team that beat Liverpool.

Thibaut Courtois has a back injury which sees third choice goalkeeper Eduardo promoted to the bench to act as back-up for Caballero.

The Blues must win on Wednesday as they fight to qualify for the Champions League next season, with Liverpool and Tottenham both ahead of them in the table.

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Huddersfield bring in Philip Biling, Rajiv van La Parra and Laurent Depoitre after their impressive away draw with Manchester City at the weekend.

Chelsea XI to face Huddersfield

Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.

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Subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Moses, Bakayoko, Barkley, Hazard, Giroud.

Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith, Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Lowe, Hogg, Mooy, Billing, Van La Parra, Depoitre

Subs: Coleman, Malone, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Hadergjonaj.