Huddersfield v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 07, 2018
John Smith’s Stadium - Premier League
Huddersfield welcome Bournemouth to the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday desperate for a victory in their quest for Premier League survival. The Terriers are currently languishing in the relegation zone, while the visiting Cherries have picked their way up the table and away from trouble in recent weeks.
Callum Wilson bagged a hat-trick as Bournemouth ran out 4-0 winners when the teams played each other in November. The Cherries won their last visit to Huddersfield 4-0 in 2014, while the Terriers were 5-1 victors the season before, with James Vaughan getting a hat-trick of his own.
David Wagner could welcome back a trio of players for this game, with Christopher Schindler, Daniel Williams and Laurent Depoitre all rated as 50/50. Elias Kachunga is set to miss another month or so with a knee injury, although Jon Stankovic could be back sooner than that after a cruciate problem of his own.
Jermain Defoe continues to miss out for Bournemouth after fracturing his ankle in December. Wilson will surely get the nod up front in his absence, as he looks to increase his tally for the season against Huddersfield. Adam Smith, Steve Cook and Tyrone Mings are also absent for Eddie Howe’s side.
Huddersfield v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
The bottom half of the Premier League is so bunched up that just a few positive results can easily catapult a side up the table, as Bournemouth have discovered. Huddersfield have seen the other side of the story, and after a hugely encouraging start to the season now sit in the bottom three.
The Terriers are one of three teams currently on 24 points, with just three separating 12th placed West Ham and Wagner’s side in 19th. Despite beating Birmingham in extra time in their FA Cup fourth round replay to book a tie with Manchester United in the next round, Huddersfield have lost their last five in the Premier League. There’s no disguising that’s relegation form, and they need to start winning. They’re 12/5 to do so on Sunday.
The Cherries are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games, a run which includes an impressive home victory over Arsenal, as well as the stunning 3-0 success against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Howe has repaid the faith shown in him by guiding his club to ninth in the table, and the visitors are favourites for this game at 6/4. If you think the game will end with honours even, then the draw is priced at 23/10.
Bournemouth to win to nil at 14/5
Huddersfield have scored just one goal in their last six Premier League games, while the Cherries have 12 in the same period and are going for their third straight victory after their comeback against Stoke last weekend.
Over 3.5 goals at 7/2
The Terriers could be buoyed by their extra time goal glut on Tuesday though, which could bring this bet into play. There’s been 19 goals in the last five games between these two at an average of 3.8 per game, while over 4.5 goals is 9/1.