Huddersfield Town v Southampton: Saints Look to Push on in Key Relegation Clash
Second from bottom of the Premier League hosts fourth from the foot of the table at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon – kick-off: 15:00 GMT – as Huddersfield Town entertain Southampton, under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, in a very important pre-Christmas relegation battle.
The Terriers looked to have turned the corner in terms of poor results in November, with seven points from a possible nine, but four consecutive defeats at the hands of Brighton, Bournemouth, Arsenal and Newcastle have left David Wagner’s side back in the bottom three placings.
Southampton seem to have renewed vigour following their dramatic 3-2 home victory over Arsenal on Sunday. Charlie Austin’s injury-time winner over the Gunners has dragged the Saints out of the bottom three spots. It was just their second win of the Premier League season, following the sacking of Mark Hughes earlier in December.
This is a very important fixture for both teams, who will be looking for a vital result with tough upcoming games over the festive period. Who will come out on top? Read on for our thoughts on this key relegation clash.
Following their excellent outing over the previously long-unbeaten Gunners last weekend, it will come as no surprise to see that Southampton have been popular so far with punters to back-up their impressive win over lowly Huddersfield.
The Saints are still at a backable price however in the Match Odds market and Unibet offers up Hasenhuttl’s men as the betting industries best price at the time of writing of 11/7, which is a small fraction over 6/4.
The Draw is narrowly preferred as the second option in the betting at 28/13 – again with Unibet, while a home victory for the Terriers to leapfrog Southampton in the Premier League table can be had at 21/10 with William Hill and Unibet.
Since Huddersfield’s return to the Premier League, the two sides cannot be separated on previous form with both games ending in stalemate last season. The concerning factor for the Terriers is their lack of goals so far this season, and they have to operate without injured key midfielder, Aaron Mooy for the foreseeable future. This helps to point my decision towards another victory for Southampton which would consign Huddersfield to the bottom three on Christmas Day.
Individual Goal Scorers
Fresh from his two-goal haul against Arsenal last Sunday, Southampton striker, Danny Ings is the market leader in the First Goalscorer market at 9/2 with 888Sport and Unibet. The on-loan Liverpool man has hit six Premier League goals so far for the Saints this season and is highly likely to lead the line in this game.
Ings’ team-mate Charlie Austin is closely behind in the betting at a generally available 5/1 with the likes of Coral and William Hill. The 29-year-old has had a bit-part role for Southampton this season, so he is passed over on this occasion. He could ultimately be the difference maker late in the game however.
Huddersfield’s first interest in this market comes from Benin international striker, Steve Mounie. The 24-year-old will likely return to the starting line-up on Saturday afternoon, following a three-match suspension. At the top price of 11/2 with Betway, Mounie offers little value considering he is yet to score in the Premier League this season – in fact, there’s not even an assist in 13 previous appearances. He may well prove me wrong, but the odds certainly do not outweigh the value.
Others to consider include Scotland international, Stuart Armstrong, who has hit three Premier League goals following his summer move from Celtic. Betway and SportingBet have the 26-year-old priced up at 9/1 and is a lively outsider to score the opening goal. Huddersfield’s Phillip Billing has a fine long distance shot on him and the Danish under-21 international midfielder offers some value at 17/1 with Unibet and 888Sport.
Other Side Bets
Goals are likely to be at a premium in this fixture, with both teams desperate for points. With that in mind, 188Bet’s offer of 51/35 for the half-time score to be 0-0 looks to be worthy of a bet. Huddersfield are woeful in attacking areas, but are capable of maintaining large amounts of possession. Southampton are likely to play this game on the counter attack, and a stalemate at the interval could be a profitable selection.
Another wager to catch my eye is the 5/4 on offer with Betway for the match to be decided by one goal for either team. As previously mentioned, this contest is likely to be a tense and tight affair, and if there is to be a winner, it is likely to be by the smallest margin.
Our Correct Score offering for this game is a 1-0 away win for Southampton. This score line can be had at 13/2 with Betfred.
- Huddersfield 0-0 Southampton Half-Time Result at 53/35 with 188Bet
- Match to be decided by one goal for either team at 5/4 with Betway
- Huddersfield 0-1 Southampton Full-Time Result at 13/2 with Betfred.