Huddersfield v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 30, 2018
John Smith’s Stadium - Premier League
Two of the Premier League’s bottom three go head-to-head in their first game of the new year, as Huddersfield host Burnley on Wednesday. The Terriers lost a similar encounter at the weekend, going down at Fulham in another huge relegation battle.
These two two teams have drawn their last three games against each other, including a 1-1 stalemate in October when Christopher Schindler’s equaliser cancelled out a first-half strike from Sam Vokes. Both games between the sides last season ended goalless.
Aaron Mooy is a big miss for the home team, with the Australian creator out until February with a knee injury. Danny Williams also misses out with a knee injury, while Abdelhamid Sabiri and Tom Smith are both sidelined at the moment too.
Matthew Lowton should return to the Clarets line-up after missing their game against West Ham through suspension. Aaron Lennon is also out of this game, while Stephen Ward is expected to miss out. Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are also injury doubts.
Huddersfield v Burnley Preview and Predictions
It’s still early in the season to call this a relegation six-pointer, but that could be the case for Huddersfield. The Terriers are bottom of the league and defeat here would see them cut adrift from another club down in the doldrums.
David Wagner’s side have lost their last seven matches, and that needs to change very quickly if they want to have a chance of avoiding demotion back to the Championship in their second season back in the top flight. It’s clear where the Terriers are struggling. They’ve only scored four goals in those seven defeats, and have managed just 12 in 20 fixtures so far. None of their strikers have scored this term, so with that in mind, a home win doesn’t look hugely appealing at 6/5.
Burnley meanwhile are 3/1, as they look to stop the rot themselves. They’ve been dreadful at the back compared to last season, which is why Sean Dyche finds himself in a relegation dogfight rather than a quest for more European football. The Clarets have never been big scorers, but they’re averaging less than a goal a game which is a recipe for disaster after conceding more than two a game. A draw would maintain the gap between these teams, and it’s priced at 23/10.
0-0 draw at 7/1
Both meetings between these two last season finished goalless, while they’ve both been struggling to hit the back of the net this term.
Under 2.5 goals at 3/5
Even if the deadlock is broken on Wednesday, this game’s not going to be a free-scoring affair.