Huddersfield Vs Liverpool Preview
Saturday’s evening fixture sees Huddersfield Town welcome Liverpool to the John Smith’s Stadium, perhaps hoping that the Reds’ stars will be showing signs of fatigue following their exploits during the international break. Terriers’ boss David Wagner will also be hoping the break will give his own players time to recharge and refresh after a dismal start to the season
Game: Huddersfield Town v Liverpool
Venue: John Smith’s Stadium
Kick-off: Saturday, 20th October, 5.30pm
Huddersfield escaped relegation with a little breathing space last season, but survival looks to be a distant prospect after picking up just three drawn points from an eight-game winless start to the season. They have at least shored up their defence a little after conceding nine goals in the opening two games with Chelsea and Manchester City, but still suffered three further straight losses last month before taking a small crumb of comfort into the international break, thanks to a battling display that earned them a 1-1 draw at Burnley last time out.
The international break probably came at the right time for Liverpool, who have not yet really fired on all cylinders all season, and who went into the break on the back of four games without a win. That said, those four games included cup defeats to Chelsea and Napoli, while their league draws with title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City can be seen as excellent results in isolation.
Not surprisingly, Liverpool are strongly fancied to get back to winning ways, with an odds-on price of 3/10 with BetVictor about as good as can be found, while the same bookmaker has outsiders Huddersfield priced at a hefty 12/1 to pull off an upset. If anyone thinks that Huddersfield can hold out for a draw, then there might be some interest in odds of 9/2 with bwin.
Both of last season’s encounters between these two teams ended in a 3-0 Liverpool win, and in fact Huddersfield have not scored against Liverpool in seven meetings dating back to 1954. Those goalscoring woes continue to haunt Huddersfield, who have found the net just four times this season, and not in any of their four home games, where they have managed just a goalless draw with Cardiff among three defeats. Indeed, Huddersfield’s 1-0 win over Watford in April remains the only goal that their fans have seen them score in their last nine Premier League home games.
Liverpool have not yet hit the goalscoring heights of last season, and have their improved defensive record as much to thank for their excellent start. Only Chelsea can match their defensive record of just three goals conceded so far this season, and that was as many as they leaked in their opening day 3-3 draw at Watford last season – on their way to conceding sixteen goals in their opening nine league games.
Free Betting Tip: Liverpool -1.5AH at 1.99 from Beat The Bookies
It is difficult to think of any Huddersfield player who will cause Liverpool many problems, with David Wagner likely to make damage limitation and a strong work ethic his main priority. It won’t be surprising to see the Terriers parking nine men behind the ball for prolonged periods of Liverpool possession, denying the Reds space behind them and between those defensive lines, leaving Laurent Depoitre to manage on scraps on his own up front.
Liverpool, of course have the quality of players to unlock the most determined defence, but Klopp has a few players returning from international duty with injury worries, with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Naby Keite and Virgil van Dijk all reporting back with various knocks. That might give extended game time to Daniel Sturridge, who will be fresh from two weeks off, and who has looked dangerous every time he has come on as sub.
Free Betting Tip: Liverpool to win both halves at 2.95