Thursday, October 19, 2017

Prediction: Huddersfield vs Tottenham

Verdict: Spurs to score first – yes

Best Odds: 2/7

Bookmaker: bet365

Tottenham Hotspur have endured a solid start to the season and already sit in the top four after six matches. They have been impressive on the road of late, and will try to extend their run this Saturday when they take on Huddersfield at Kirklees Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled at 12:30 BST.

Huddersfield

Huddersfield were one of the hottest – and most surprising – teams in the first two weeks of the Premier League season as they started their year with two consecutive wins. However, they failed to maintain that form and now are riding a four-game winless streak at the league level, so they are on the opposite end of the spectrum. The team has struggled to capitalise on the chances they have generated, and are coming off two straight draws at home against Leicester City (1-1) and Southampton (0-0). Usually playing at home represents the best chance to turn things around, but this Tottenham side might not be the team Huddersfield want to face right now. The Spurs are red-hot on the road, and the hosts have just not been able to maintain the same impressive effort they showed in the early weeks of the campaign.

Team News

Huddersfield are not at full strength for this contest. Kasey Palmer (thigh), Collin Quaner (calf), Jon Stankovic (knee) and Daniel Williams (ankle) have all been ruled out for Saturday’s contest.

To make things even more complicated, Steve Mounie is doubtful due to a heel problem. The striker has missed the past three games, and his inclusion will probably be determined closer to kick-off time.

Tottenham

Huddersfield have been stumbling out of the gate of late, but that has not been the case for Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino’s men took a while to find their best form, but now are clicking on all cylinders and the results back that up. The Spurs are riding an impressive six-game undefeated run across all competitions, and are coming off convincing wins in both the Premier League (3-2 away at West Ham) and the UEFA Champions League (3-0 against APOEL on the road). It seems playing away from Wembley Stadium suits them better, as the Spurs have won their four away matches this season across all competitions. And to make things even better, they have one of the hottest strikers in the world in Harry Kane. After a sloppy start during August in which he couldn’t score, Kane has picked it up in September. The towering forward has nine goals in his past five appearances across all competitions, and is coming off a hat-trick against APOEL this past Tuesday.

Team News

Pochettino will have several absentees ahead of this match. Serge Aurier (suspension), Moussa Dembele (ankle), Erik Lamela (hip) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are all out.

Danny Rose (knee) is doubtful, and will require a late-fitness test to determine his availability for this match.

Key Factors to Consider

  • It will be the first meeting between both clubs since 1972.
  • Huddersfield are riding a four-game winless streak in the Premier League after winning their first two matches.
  • On the other hand, Tottenham have not lost in their last four EPL matches. They have a six-game unbeaten run across all competitions.
  • Harry Kane has been unstoppable of late, notching four goals in the team’s last two away contests. He has nine goals over his last five games across all competitions.
  • The Spurs have won their three away Premier League fixtures in the current season.
  • Huddersfield have seen under 2.5 goals in five of their six league matches this season.

Conclusion

Huddersfield need to win after their recent results, but Tottenham have been just too good away from home. I believe the Spurs will score the first goal of the match, extending their impressive form and putting another nail in Huddersfield’s coffin.

Verdict: Spurs to score first – yes

Best Odds: 2/7

Bookmaker: bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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