Dec 12, 2017 at 8pm UK at ​John Smith's Stadium
Attendance: 24,169
HuddersfieldHuddersfield Town
1-3
Chelsea
Depoitre (92')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Bakayoko (23'), Willian (43'), Pedro (50')

Result: Dominant Chelsea ease to victory over Huddersfield Town

Result: Chelsea ease to victory over Huddersfield
© Offside
Chelsea move level on points with Manchester United in second thanks to a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

Chelsea have returned to winning ways in the Premier League by brushing aside Huddersfield Town 3-1 at the John Smith's Stadium this evening.

The Blues got the job done in an efficient manner, earning all three points through goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro in West Yorkshire.

Huddersfield, impressive here in a victory against Manchester United and a slender defeat to Manchester City more recently, failed to trouble their opponents until Laurent Depoitre popped up in the second minute of injury time.

Antonio Conte made four changes to his starting lineup on the back of the disappointing defeat to West Ham United last time out, bringing in Willian and Pedro to flank makeshift striker Eden Hazard.

Despite being in complete control of the ball, the Blues struggled to truly create any openings until their breakthrough moment a quarter of the way through the contest.

The game's first shot led to the first goal, as a weak clearance from Jonas Lossl allowed Victor Moses, Hazard and Willian to combine, before the latter played in Bakayoko to do the rest.

Bakayoko had to beat both the angle and Lossl, which he managed to do with a little help from Chris Lowe on the line in what may go down as an own goal.

Chelsea moved from first gear into second for the remainder of the first half, coming close to adding a second through an N'Golo Kante drive over the bar from range and a glanced Bakayoko header towards the back post.

The second did arrive before the interval, however, with Willian peeling off his man and converting Marcos Alonso's left-sided cross to give Town a mountain to climb.

Another sloppy error at the back almost had the champions in for a third before the half-time whistle sounded, only for Pedro to come out second best when through one on one with Lossl.

Two goals became three soon after the second-half restart, though, thanks to a curled Pedro finish from 15 yards after being left in acres of space by the below-par hosts.

Hazard was then thwarted by the feet of Lossl as a Chelsea side boasting the second-best away record in the division pushed for another goal, but Town did eventually offer something a little more in attack later in the match.

Tom Ince drifted through and was denied by the chest of Thibaut Courtois, who read the danger well, and the same player blasted high over the bar from his side's next move.

Pedro shot wide from a good position soon after, and it would be Huddersfield who registered the fourth goal of the night as substitute Depoitre made a clean connection to head past Courtois from the final act of the game.

The lack of clean sheet aside, a positive night for Chelsea ends with them level on points with Man United in second place.

Huddersfield Town (4-2-3-1): Lossl; Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Lowe (Hadergjonaj 67'); Hogg (Whitehead 46'), Mooy; Williams, Ince, Kachunga; Mounie (Depoitre 74')

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen (Ampadu 80'), Rudiger; Moses, Kante (Drinkwater 71'), Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard (Batshuayi 67'), Pedro

Tiemoue Bakayoko in action during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea on August 20, 2017
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