Huddersfield vs Southampton
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: The John Smith’s Stadium (Huddersfield).
A real buzz is expected in and around The John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon when Huddersfield Town host Southampton in an affair of a massive importance for both sides. There are only two points separating the two sides in the drop zone meaning a win here is worth six points as it would be achieved against direct rivals in the relegation battle.
The visitors will come into it in higher spirits following their second win of the entire campaign. They managed to snatch an enormous three-pointer last weekend against Arsenal thanks to three headers. Daniel Ings bagged a first-half brace for the Saints at St. Mary’s, while substitute Charlie Austin scored the match-winner five minutes from time to set the final score 3-2. Interestingly, the win ended Arsenal’s 14-game unbeaten record.
The clash with the Gunners also marked Ralph Hasenhuttl’s debut on the bench at St. Mary’s as his first fixture in charge saw a 1-0 defeat away at Cardiff City previously.
Huddersfield vs Southampton: Head-to-head
Teams are all tied at four wins apiece looking at their head to head record.
The Terriers were more successful in matches played at The John Smith’s Stadium where they picked up three wins, one draw and one loss in five outings against Southampton.
Teams shared spoils in two low-scoring draws when they too on each other in the previous tern of the Premier League (1-1 and 0-0).
Huddersfield vs Southampton: Prediction
David Wagner’s troops will head into this in lower spirits following a thread of four consecutive defeats in the Premier League. They are just one point above the rock-bottomed Fulham and two shy of Southampton and Burnley at the moment. The Terriers are generally struggling for goals badly this season. They boast league’s weakest attacking record with just 10 goals scored in 17 games so far.
The Saints also failed to produce on travels so far in the season. They only notched seven goals during a thread of one loss, one draw and seven defeats in nine games on the road this term. This, combined with H2H tradition and the importance of the match, makes us go with the Under 2.5 goals FT bet as the main betting option here. Since the Saints will head into this higher on confidence, we will alternatively back them not to lose at 1.40.
Huddersfield vs Southampton: Bet Tips
Southampton or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.57 (4/7).