Burnley v Huddersfield Town Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
September 19, 2017
Turf Moor - Premier League
Burnley host fellow Premier League high flyers Huddersfield on Saturday, as the Clarets look to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
Saturday's game will be the first time that these two sides have ever faced each other in Premier League action, and the first competitive meeting since 2016, when both were Championship clubs.
Burnley clearly have the better record in this fixture, winning the last three games against the West Yorkshire club, giving them a real edge for this weekend's meeting.
Huddersfield's last win at Turf Moor came back in February 2013, courtesy of a James Vaughan goal in a 1-0 win.
Burnley are set to be boosted by the return to the first team of Jeff Hendrick, with the Republic of Ireland international missing the last three weeks of action with a thigh injury. He is now back in first team training and should play some part on Saturday.
Captain Tom Heaton is out until 2018 with a dislocated shoulder, meaning that Nick Pope will continue to deputise in goal for Sean Dyche's team.
Forward pair Nahki Wells and Dean Marney both remain sidelined with long term ankle and knee injuries respectively.
Huddersfield boss David Wagner is already without a number of first team players through injury ahead of their trip to Lancashire.
German striker Colin Quaner is out with a calf strain, alongside fellow forward Steve Mounie, who has a heel injury.
Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer is out with hamstring injury, and he is joined on the treatment table by defender Martin Cranie who is ruled out with a hip complaint.
Burnley v Huddersfield Preview and Predictions
Burnley are enjoying an excellent start to the 2017-18 season, securing valuable wins over Chelsea and Crystal Palace and draws against Tottenham and Liverpool, with defeat to West Brom their sole loss so far.
Huddersfield have also enjoyed a great start to life in the Premier League, also beating Crystal Palace, as well as Newcastle- and securing draws against Southampton and Leicester City- but they are without a win in three games in the Premier League.
Home advantage has so often been a decisive factor for Burnley under Dyche, as Turf Moor is traditionally one of the hardest grounds to go to in the Premier League, this will give them an edge on Saturday.
Huddersfield are also somewhat hamstrung by the absence of Mounie, who has looked to be their most threatening attacker so far this season- whereas Burnley have Chris Wood and Sam Vokes in good goal scoring form.
It is unlikely to be a classic, but Burnley should edge this one, with a home win priced at 5/4.
Neither side have been flush with goals in recent games, Burnley with three goals in as many games and Huddersfield with just one goal in the same period. An under 2.5 goal bet looks a great option in this one, priced at 8/15.
Burnley to win 1-0 at 11/2
Dyche's side are master of the narrow win, and they should have just enough to see off Wagner's Terriers- who are beginning to learn the harsh realities of the top flight. The organisation and physical power of Burnley make them a particularly difficult opponent to play against, even more so at Turf Moor, and the should nick the win.
Sam Vokes to score first at 5/1
Wales international Vokes is the focal point of the Burnley attack, operating as a target man and a real aerial presence for them. He already has two goals so far this season, joint top scorer with Chris Wood, and his power and goal threat will be a real threat to Huddersfield.