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Egyptian winger gets new Premier League life with Huddersfield

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Ramadan Sobhi is celebrating the start of his World Cup with a new club.

The 21-year-old Egyptian left wing is leaving Stoke City to Huddersfield Town, a deal which will net the relegated Potters approximately $7.6 million.

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Sobhi has 26 caps and a goal for the Pharoahs, and will likely start across the field from Mohamed Salah in the Egypt attack.

His time at Stoke included two goals and two assists over 41 appearances, his minutes escalating by 400 in Year No. 2.

Sobhi added a goal and an assist in five Cup games. Here’s David Wagner, via HTAFC.com:

“Just as Jonas Lössl, Elias Kachunga and Laurent Depoitre did, Ramadan will join our club on the back of a challenging season. However, he already has a lot of the qualities that we look for in our ‘Terriers Identity’; he’s skillful, direct and very quick-thinking. He still has a lot of space to improve too, which is very exciting!

“We’re looking forward to working hard with Ramadan on the training pitch to give him every chance of success at Huddersfield Town.”

Town struggled to get offense from anywhere last season, scoring the joint-fewest goals in the Premier League last season (Swans, 28).

Huddersfield Town raves of survival: “We have always come back”

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Within a span of four days, Huddersfield Town scrapped draws against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Terrier mentality. Fitting.

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Manager David Wagner, a former USMNT player, led the way for Town from Moment No. 1 and will be tipped for bigger jobs. He’s happy at the John Smith’s Stadium. From the BBC:

“My English is not good enough to give the players the credit they deserve. If you have the passion, desire and spirit you can compete with top top quality and you saw today that we can do it. We had luck, no doubt about it, but if any players deserve it it’s this set of players.

“I never doubted their mental strength. We have so many experiences, the play-offs, the final, some very big dips in the season, five defeats in a row. We have always come back.”

“The people in Huddersfield, and the town and supporters and this football club, to describe them, they are humble but they are ambitious. They have the spirit to work and to fight, and this is exactly what this football team has shown in this season.”

Couldn’t put it better ourselves.

Town deserves every bit of its survival, even if goalkeeper Jonas Lossl should never buy anything in town again following an unreal save on

“This was definitely the most important save in my career, no doubt about it,” he said.

Like fellow promoted sides Newcastle and Brighton, it’ll be down to finding a fine striker if the next step is coming next season.

Town has its midfielder/playmaker/hard-edged man in Aaron Mooy, and he’s quite happy after moving from Man City. He says his manager is a difference maker.

“We knew it was going to be tough, Chelsea have so many talented players,” Mooy said. “We had to get close to them and make it difficult. … David Wagner has kept a level head all season, he has done an amazing job. He gives us belief and confidence.”

And perhaps no one put it better than this line on NBCSN courtesy Laurent Depoitre.

“It was very hard, we ran a lot.”

They don’t call him the best color man in the biz for nothing.

Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield Town: Terriers safe

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  • Depoitre scores
  • Alonso equalizes
  • Town out shot 22-3
  • Chelsea Top Four hopes on hold

Huddersfield Town held off a furious late rally to clinch Premier League safety and harpoon Chelsea’s Top Four hopes in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Laurent Depoitre scored for Town, and Marcos Alonso was the only one who could answer for Chelsea.

Town now has 37 points, leaving Southampton and Swansea as the only teams which can be relegated with West Brom and Stoke City.

Chelsea now has 70 points, two behind Liverpool.

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Chelsea had the lion’s share of the chances, with Jonas Lossl busy as he’s been all season for the Terriers.

Yet it was Huddersfield who’d break the deadlock, as Aaron Mooy sent a long ball over the top and Wily Caballero’s clearing attempt didn’t cut muster.

The keeper was then clobbered, legally, by Depoitre, who slotted home.

Chelsea leveled in the 62nd minute, as Town’s clearance hammered Alonso in the face and went in like a purposeful header. Surely, it was not. 1-1.

An almighty 83rd minute scramble ended with Lossl’s full-extension tip of a shot off the post. It remained level.

Lossl stopped a hard 89th minute drive from Morata, and the goalkeeper collected a deflected Willian shot moments later.

Plenty of stoppage time was coming due to time wasting from Town.

 

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Watch Live: Chelsea vs. Huddersfield Town

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Chelsea takes on Huddersfield Town from Stamford Bridge (Watch live at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as Antonio Conte‘s men look to keep their top four and UEFA Champions League aspirations alive.

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A number of changes are afoot for both sides on Wednesday, with Chelsea missing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Eden Hazard will also start on the bench.

Meanwhile, the Terriers have made three changes to their starting XI, including Phillip BillingRajiv Van la Parra and Laurent Depoitre all entering the lineup.

LINEUPS

Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Fabregas, Kante, Zappacosta, Alonso, Willian, Pedro, Morata. SubsEduardo, Cahill, Moses, Bakayoko, Barkley, Hazard, Giroud.

Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith, Kongolo, Hogg, Billing, Mooy, Lowe, Van La Parra, Depoitre, Zanka, Schindler. Subs: Coleman, Malone, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Hadergjonaj.

PL Sunday preview: Van Dijk, Liverpool visit St. Mary’s, Man United in action

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Liverpool and Southampton sit in considerably different positions, but a former player’s return to St. Mary’s will garner much of the attention on Sunday when the two clubs collide.

Meanwhile, three sides firmly in the relegation race aim to pull away from the bottom three with strong performances.

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Here’s a look at Sunday’s three PL matches.

Huddersfield Town vs. Bournemouth — 7 a.m. ET on CNBC

When these sides last met in November, the Cherries came away with a convincing 4-0 defeat. That leaves Huddersfield boss David Wagner with some tough decisions at home.

Jonathan Hogg is expected to be reintroduced to the Huddersfield lineup on Sunday, while Christopher Schindler and Laurent Depoitre could feature after the pair came off of foot injuries recently.

The Terriers have had a terrible time scoring as of late, scoring just once in their last 620 league minutes, while Bournemouth has gone unbeaten in its last seven fixtures.

Bournemouth has seen a solid improvement since the Christmas period, with the club boasting 15 points in that span — which is second to only Liverpool’s 16 points.

Newcastle vs. Manchester United — 9:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN

In 28 career PL meetings, Newcastle has won just twice against the English giants — which doesn’t bode well for Rafa Benitez and Co. The club’s last victory against the Red Devils came back in 2012.

With loan signing Islam Slimani still yet to play a match for the Magpies, Benitez will be desperately hoping for the Algerian to be fit in time for Sunday’s clash. The side will benefit from Ciaran Clark‘s return though, who is coming back from a knee injury.

Meanwhile, United has clamped down recently on the defensive side, boasting five shutouts in its last six matches.

Southampton vs. Liverpool — 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

The biggest story on the day will be Van Dijk’s return to his former club, however, four other current Liverpool players have previously played a role for Southampton.

The Saints have had success recently against Liverpool, with the hosts unbeaten in their last three home fixtures against Jurgen Klopp‘s group.

Klopp and Co. have been through a tumultuous period since their confidence-boosting win over table-toppers Manchester City, with the Reds winning just one of their last four fixtures.