Huddersfield v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 28, 2017
Kirklees Stadium – Premier League
Burnley travel to Huddersfield on Saturday, looking to continue their push for a top four Premier League finish. Despite the Clarets superior league standing, they have identical form to their hosts over the last five games, with two wins, two draws and a loss.
Huddersfield haven’t beaten Burnley since 2013, however, they did manage a scoreless draw in the sides’ first meeting in the Premier League, back in September.
Huddersfield are still without centre-forward Elias Kachunga who suffered ligament damage earlier in the month, whilst Philip Billing is also out following ankle surgery. Centre-backs Jon Gorenc- Stankovic and Michele Hefele are both approaching returns after lengthy spells on the sidelines.
James Tawkowski has one game remaining on his ban yet to serve for Burnley, whilst Dean Marney, Tom Heaton and Jonathan Walters are all long-term absences. Chris Wood, having missed the Boxing Day fixture, is likely to return.
Huddersfield V Burnley Preview and Predictions
Having gone through a rough spell in November, Huddersfield have certainly rebounded over the Christmas period, with eight points won already this month.
Manager David Wagner has yet to settle on a regular formation, but has played a 4-2-3-1 formation, for the last two matches, with one of Steve Mounie or Laurent Depoitre up front. Whatever he has done, the manager appears to have found a solution to the Terriers goal scoring form, with Depoitre notching three goals in four games.
On Boxing Day, Huddersfield earned a respectable draw with Stoke, at home, with Tom Ince scoring his first goal for the club. The English winger was played just behind the striker, and carried the weight of Huddersfield attacking responsibility. Ince is 3/1 to continue where he left off at the weekend.
Its saying something about the progress Sean Dyche’s men have made, that they were disappointed to have left Old Trafford with a draw on their last game. Having taken an early lead through Ashley Barnes, Stephen Defour doubled it with a fine free kick before a Jessie Lingaard double ruined the day for the Clarets.
Having lost heavily in their previous fixture to Tottenham, an away draw to Manchester United serves as further proof that Burnley are very much worth their strong league standing, and are far more than a defensive unit. Dyche’s team is full of confidence at the moment, and it shows. With Woods back, who is 5/2 to score anytime, Burnley will be looking for a win in Yorkshire.
Chris Woods as first goalscorer at 6/1
The forward was rested against United but should be raring to go on Saturday.
Burnley 1-0 at 6/1
Huddersfield will defend deep and allow Burnley to try and break them down.