Huddersfield v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 29, 2018
Kirlklees Stadium – Premier League
Huddersfield host Liverpool in mid-week Premier League action, with both sides looking to bounce back from defeat in the last round. Its three losses on the trot for the Terriers, whilst Liverpool were surprisingly beaten by Swansea.
If the reverse fixture is anything to go by, Liverpool are in for an easy game, having dispatched Huddersfield 3-0 at Anfield. Despite Mo Salah missing a penalty, the Reds bossed the game, with over 70% possession leading to strikes from Georgino Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.
Elias Kachunga remains out for the Terriers, with a ligament injury, as does Sean Scannell, although he is estimated to return soon. David Wagner will be pleased to welcome back Michael Hefele, Philip Billing and Colin Quaner from injury.
With Alberto Moreno’s return from a length spell on the sides, Jurgen Klopp must decide whether or not he will retain his place in the side, after a strong run of games from Andrew Robertson. James Milner, Adam Lallana and Ragnar Klavan all missed the weekend FA Cup fixture, but the Englishmen at least should be fit for Tuesday’s match.
Huddersfield v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
After an impressive start to the season, Huddersfield’s form has dropped in recent weeks, with the Yorkshire side without a league win since mid-December. Three consecutive defeats has seen the Terriers drop perilously close to the relegation zone, although a draw would maintain their safety for now.
More worrying for Wagner than the defeats, is the teams that they have come against. In the battle for Premier League safety, games against fellow at-risk teams are vital, and in the last two weeks Huddersfield have lost to West Ham and Stoke. With Aaron Mooy’s early-season goalscoring dried up, Wagner needs to find goals from somewhere.
Scoring was also an issue for his counterpart in Liverpool’s last game, an away defeat to Swansea. The Swans dropped deep, inviting pressure, but not allowing any space behind for Klopp’s pacey front three. Arguably, without Philippe Coutinho, the Reds lack invention in their midfield and may struggle to unlock resolute defenses. Against Huddersfield, this is exactly what they will face.
This having been said, Liverpool were on a spectacular run of form before last week, undefeated in all competitions since October. With as talented a manager as Klopp, they should be able to overcome a poor result, and earn a victory at Huddersfield.
Roberto Firmino to score first at 9/2
The striker has been on form of late, and will place a big role in unpicking the Huddersfield defence.
Liverpool to win 2-0 at 5/1
This is a prime opportunity to get back on track for Klopp's men, and not one they usually miss.