Newcastle v Huddersfield Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 27, 2018
St James' Park - Premier League
Just one point separates the two teams as Huddersfield travel to face an in-from Newcastle side when the Premier League returns. The Terriers lost their last game to Crystal Palace and will be looking to recover from the shock against the Magpies.
Huddersfield won the reverse fixture earlier in the season, in what was the sides' first meeting in the Premier League. Newcastle were unlucky not to score, with the Terriers putting in an excellent defensive performance to keep them at bay, with Adam Mooy striking just after half-time.
Islam Slimani has returned early from international duty, with his thigh injury having sidelined him since January. The forward is yet to make his debut for the Magpies in what appears to have been an ill-judged loan move for Rafa Benitez's side. Matt Ritchie has also had to return to Tyneside earlier than planned, having come off injured in Scotland's defeat by Costa Rica.
Terence Kongolo may be making his long-awaited return against Newcastle this weekend to add some depth to the Terriers back-line. Sean Scannell and Jon Gorenc Stankovic are also both in contention to play on Saturday, although the game comes too early for Michael Hefele.
Newcastle v Huddersfield Preview and Predictions
Newcastle's 3-0 victory over Southampton in their last fixture matched their highest winning margin of the season. Benitez has admitted himself that if his side wins this week they can consider themselves safe, but given the form of the teams below them in a table, the Magpies safety has been assured for a while.
Benitez will have been especially pleased with Brazilian winger Kenedy's performance against the Saints, with the on-loan Chelsea player scoring two goals. Having played at wing-back for his parent club, Kenedy has clearly enjoyed his more attacking role for the Magpies since joining in January, and has provided a creative spark that was lacking in Newcastle prior to his arrival.
David Wagner's side is without a win in three games, with a disappointing draw to Swansea compounded by defeat by Crystal Palace. Had the Terriers won either of these, they would have been able to enjoy the rest of the season without fear of relegation. As it is, Huddersfield face Brighton and Watford in their two games following Newcastle, allowing Wagner to risk playing for a draw in the north-east.
Steve Mounie to score anytime at 5/2
The forward is due a goal, having gone three games without scoring.
A 1-1 draw at 6/1
A point would do for both sides, and Huddersfield are great at stifling the game if they want to.