Huddersfield v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 05, 2019
Kirklees Stadium - Premier League
Huddersfield welcome Bournemouth on Saturday for a lower-table clash, with both sides currently suffering through spells of poor form. The home side lost to relegation rivals Brighton last weekend, whilst the Cherries are without a win in five.
Bournemouth were forced to hang on for over an hour after Terrance Kongolo pulled a goal back on Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser's early strikes. The Terriers took over 60% possession and had 23 shots but were unable to secure that vital second breakthrough.
Jason Puncheon will hope for a recall, having been left out of the match-day squad against Brighton in favour of Karlan Grant. Adam Mooy will also feel disappointed not to be involved with Alex Pritchard and Jon Gorenc Stankovic taking the central midfield spots.
Jefferson Lerma will be able to return for Eddie Howe's side having served out his suspension. The manager will likely make offensive substitutes, perhaps bringing in Dominic Solanke to partner Josh King.
Huddersfield v Bournemouth Predictions and Previews
Southampton broke Premier League records for all the wrong reasons when they faced Manchester City last week, failing to register a single shot in 90 minutes. Against Huddersfield however, they will have a significantly different challenge will have to turn their attention to offensive play.
The Terriers have rediscovered some of their defensive solidity in recent weeks, although this has just seen the team lose by small margins instead of large ones. The Yorkshire club has picked up just four points in 2019, and have rarely deserved much more. With just 14 points in total, the appointment of Jan Siwert appears to have been done with more than one eye on a season in the Championship.
Even if Huddersfield are unable to pull off a great escape, they could still have a deciding say in other teams' seasons. Bournemouth's confidence is at an all-time low, with just one point out of a possible 15 and two humiliating defeats in a row. A win for the Cherries on Saturday however, could give Howe's side the lift they need.
Without Callum Wilson leading the line the South-coast side were always likely to look somewhat toothless in attack, but few could have predicted their 2-0 defeat to Cardiff just a week after beating Chelsea by four goals to nil. Having lost to one relegation contender to start their poor run, breaking it against another may be the redemption needed for Southampton.
Having introduced a defensive 5-4-1 formation against City, in response to a 5-1 defeat by Arsenal, Howe is likely to return to a more offensive formation this weekend. Dominic Solanke, who has lacked sharpness since his January transfer, could be given the change to make an impact and is 5/2 to score.
Saturday's game could well be decided by which side is able to break out of their poor form first, whichever team lifts their head and starts playing with freedom should well leave with three points.
Under 2.5 goals at 3/4
There aren’t many goals in either side and the match could be narrowly decided.
Josh King to score anytime at 12/5
The forward has notched nine this season and will be keen to hit double digits.