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Team News: Kepa Arrizabalaga begins in goal for Chelsea

Team News: Kepa begins in goal for Chelsea
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New Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga starts in goal for the clash against Huddersfield Town.

New Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga starts in goal for the Blues' clash against Huddersfield Town this afternoon.

The Spaniard, signed for a world-record fee earlier this week, comes straight into Maurizio Sarri's team for their league opener.

In front of him, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are the full-backs, while Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz begin at centre-back.

Ross Barkley, who has featured for Chelsea during pre-season, begins in midfield alongside debutante Jorginho as Alvaro Morata, Pedro and Willian provide attacking threat up top.

Among the substitutes for Chelsea are England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as well as fellow World Cup stars Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud.

For Huddersfield Town, Ben Hamer is selected between the sticks, while new signing Terence Kongolo, who made a loan move to the John Smith's Stadium permanent earlier this summer, is at centre-back.

Aaron Mooy and Alex Pritchard start in midfield alongside Jonathan Hogg, while Steve Mounie is a lone striker with Laurent Depoitre among the substitutes.

New arrivals Adama Diakhaby and Ramadan Sobhi could also be introduced from the bench.

Huddersfield Town: Hamer; Hadergjonaj, Schindler, Kongolo, Zanka; Mooy, Lowe, Pritchard, Hogg, Billing; Mounie
Subs: Lossl, Smith, Diakhaby, Ramadan, Van la Parra, Depoitre, Stankovic

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Barkley; Willian, Pedro, Morata
Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Giroud

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Maurizio Sarri watches on during the pre-season friendly between Chelsea and Arsenal on August 1, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton156542117423
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
13Watford156271821-320
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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