Huddersfield v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 22, 2017
John Smith’s Stadium - Premier League
After a dressing down on the south coast last weekend, Huddersfield could do with an easier game than Manchester City this time round. Pep Guardiola’s side are on a breathtaking run of 17 consecutive wins in all competitions, and are odds-on to continue their fine form.
The two teams met in last season’s FA Cup, when Huddersfield held City to a goalless draw at the John Smith’s Stadium. Despite going a goal down in the replay, City went on to record a resounding 5-1 victory. You have to go back to the 1999/2000 season for the next clashes between the sides, where Huddersfield took four points from the two meetings in English football’s second tier.
The one good piece of news for David Wagner after that 4-0 loss against Bournemouth is that he has no new injury concerns to contend with. Philip Billing, Michael Hefele and Jon Stankovic remain on the treatment table though, with all three pencilled in for a return early in the new year.
Guardiola meanwhile was able to hand out a few rests in City’s Champions League game against Feyenoord. The likes of David Silva, Leroy Sane and Fernandinho should all return to the lineup, while Kevin de Bruyne ought to be fresh after being substituted with around half an hour left on Tuesday. John Stones and Benjamin Mendy miss out with respective hamstring and knee injuries.
Huddersfield Town v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
Despite such a positive start to life in the Premier League, surely avoiding a heavy defeat at the hands of an imperious Manchester City is the best that Huddersfield can hope for. It’d be some shock if the Terriers can get their teeth stuck into their illustrious visitors, and open up the Premier League title race in the process.
Much bigger and more established clubs than Huddersfield have withered in the face of City’s onslaught so far this season. Last weekend was the second time that the Terriers have shipped four goal in the league after losing 4-0 at home against Tottenham earlier in the campaign. Boss Wagner needs to get his players reorganised and focused if they’re to stand any chance of claiming what would be a stunning double after beating Manchester United last month.
City are an entirely different proposition to their crosstown rivals though, and if they’re in the mood the football they serve up can be unplayable. Guardiola will want to keep the Blues’ eight point lead intact and even look to extend it over the next few games, before heading to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby in early December.
The visitors start as massive favourites for this one with the bookmakers, priced at 2/9 in the betting. Huddersfield are available as long as 18/1, with the draw at 34/5.
Manchester City to win to nil at 10/11
As only Swansea and Crystal Palace have scored fewer goals than Huddersfield so far this season, this is a good way to enhance your odds on a City win. If you think the hosts will manage this feat, it’s 35/1.
Kevin de Bruyne to score from outside the box at 6/1
The Belgian playmaker has arguably been the Premier League’s outstanding performer this term, and he’ll be fresh after his little rest on Tuesday.