Saturday, September 22, 2018

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur vs Huddersfield Town

Verdict: Tottenham to win to nil

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Bet 365

Tottenham Hotspur will look to increase their chances of Champions League qualification when they entertain Huddersfield Town at Wembley on Saturday. We make our prediction on the Premier League clash.

Tottenham Hotspur

News broke midweek of plans made by UEFA meaning fourth place in the Premier League would automatically qualify for the Champions League next season. There will be a stronger impetus of teams competing for that crucial spot come the end of the season then, which is the position that Tottenham are currently occupying. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are two points ahead of fifth place Chelsea and they will see Huddersfield’s visit on Saturday as the perfect opportunity to create daylight between them and their rivals, especially with the Blues not playing until 24 hours later. Spurs are currently the best performing team in the league this calendar year, having taking more points than anybody else, and are yet to taste defeat. It is now 16 games unbeaten in all competitions, and their last two matches at Wembley have seen impressive wins over Manchester United and Arsenal. However, it could prove a tough fixture against Huddersfield, as they could be forgiven for having one eye on next week’s Champions League tie versus Juventus.

Team News

Tottenham will be hoping to welcome back defenders Jan Vertonghen (ankle) and Toby Alderweirald (thigh) after both missed last week’s match against Crystal Palace.

Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura could be in contention to start the match after both were impressive against Rochdale midweek.

Huddersfield Town

Two wins on the bounce against West Bromwich Albion and Bournemouth have been crucial for Huddersfield Town’s survival hopes. However, they still haven’t been given much breathing space between them and the drop zone. David Wagner’s men are currently in 14th in the Premier League, just two points above Swansea City who sit third from bottom. The Terriers also hold the second-worst goal difference in the division on -23, and they’ve still got a long way to go if they want to be playing in the top flight next season. It looks highly unlikely that they’re going to improve their chances this weekend though. Away from home, Huddersfield have lost nine of their 14 fixtures, and none of their wins or draws have come against teams in the top six. Stranger things have happened in this division though, and Wagner will be well aware that a third win in a row will do wonders in cementing their position in the Premier League.

Team News

Aaron Mooy (knee) is doubtful for the clash against Spurs. Sean Scannell (shoulder), Elias Kachunga and Jon Stankovic (both knee) are a few weeks away from action.

However, Chris Lowe (hamstring) and Philip Billing could be ready to return.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Tottenham are unbeaten in six games in all competitions against the Terriers (W3 D3)
  • Spurs are unbeaten in 33 league meetings against newly-promoted teams (W31 D2)
  • Huddersfield haven’t lost in their last four visits to Wembley (W1 D3)
  • The Terriers are looking to secure three consecutive wins for the first time this season
  • Spurs are currently enjoying the league’s longest unbeaten run (10 games – W7 D3)

Conclusion

Tottenham are currently enjoying a 13 game unbeaten run at Wembley. Meanwhile Huddersfield haven’t scored in all their losses away from home this season.

Verdict: Tottenham to win to nil

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Bet 365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ashley Randall


Ash is a freelance football writer who lives, breathes and dreams the beautiful game. A lifelong Wolverhampton Wanderers season ticket holder, if he isn't at Molineux then he will be watching any game on television that he can set his eyes on. Producing work for various football websites and publications, Ash has also written for regional newspapers and global magazines.

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