Huddersfield v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 05, 2017
Kirklees Stadium - Premier League
Huddersfield welcome fellow promotee Brighton this weekend, with both sides looking to earn their first win in four Premier League fixtures. The sides are separated by just one point in the table, and will both be aiming for a win.
These two sides have met a number of times in the lower divisions, however, this weekend will be their first clash in the Premier League.
On Brighton's last visit to Huddersfield, the hosts emerged with a 3-1 victory with goals from new club captain, Tommy Smith, Elias Kachunga and Nakhi Wells. The Seagulls fared better in the reverse fixture, securing a narrow 1-0 win thanks to an Anthony Knockeart strike. However, as both sides' transfers reached the double digits this summer, past form has little relevance on Saturday's fixture.
Neither side has any new injuries problems to deal with. Huddersfield are still missing Jon Gorenc-Stankovic and Michael Hefele to ACL and Achilles problems, respectively. Both have been long term absentees but are expected back by the turn of the year. Philip Billing's ankle surgery will also keep him out of action 'til January, having started all but two games up until his injury in October.
Brighton have just the one injury, Steve Sidwell who has been sidelined with a back problem, since signing for the club from Stoke over the summer.
Huddersfield v Brighton Preview and Predictions
Huddersfield maiden Premier League season got off to a remarkable start, winning their first two games. However, if manager David Wagner had any illusions about a comfortable season ahead of him, he would soon be disappointed. The Terriers have lost their last four games in a row, including two heavily losses, 5-0 away to Arsenal and 4-0 at home to Southampton.
Wagner will be hoping that Saturday's fixture against Brighton, who are also in a rough patch, will provide and opportunity to get his side back on track. However, to do so, the manager is going to have to make his side more ruthless up front. Record signing Steve Mounié has started just five games up front this season, with his two goals putting him level with central midfielder Aaron Mooy, fellow forward Laurent Depoitre and opposition's own goals as Huddersfield's top scorers.
Brighton had a less successful start to the campaign, taking four games to finally register a win. However, a purple patch saw Chris Hughton's men lose just twice across October and November. Unfortunately, a highly congested fixture list in which the Seagulls played four games in 12 days took its toll and they picked up just two points from a possible 12. Its been suggested that the manager's limited squad rotation policy, in which he has used only 19 players, and six have started every match, may have taken its toll over this period.
Whether or not this is the case, Brighton will have had a six day rest before facing Huddersfield, and on paper at least, have the more creative of the two sides. Midfielder Pascal Groß has been an absolute revelation this season, contributing three goals and five assists to the cause. Up front Glenn Murray has continued his scoring form from the Championship and is 5/1 to be the first goalscorer on Saturday.
Given the teams' form and quality, the contest should be relatively even, although, given their fluctuating form, its not surprise that Huddersfield are only just favourites to win at home, with odds at 13/8.
1-1 Draw at 11/2
Neither side will want to lose this one, and given the home side's goal scoring problems, they may well decide to shut up shop.
Pascal Groß to score anytime at 21/4
The German is Brighton's second top scorer, and if Huddersfield decide to defend deep, he has the ability to score from distance.