Huddersfield vs Watford
English Premier League
Date: 14th April 2018, Saturday.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Kirklees Stadium (Huddersfield).
This is a do or die game for Huddersfield and must win against Watford on Saturday. Unless otherwise, they find themselves staring at the drop due to fixtures against top six teams in the last three weeks of the season.
The Terriers have a slender 4 point lead over the relegation zone. But after Watford’s visit, they Terriers sit at home to Everton and then starts the difficult weeks, with away trips to Manchester City and Chelsea and home fixture against Arsenal to conclude the campaign. We don’t expect this team to take any points from the last three fixtures, thus they must win against Watford and Everton to confirm their stay in the top flight for another season.
Watford do not have the danger of dropping down to the relegation waters since they have a 9 point cushion. A point of two from the remaining 5 games could retain them the Premier League status for one more season.
Both teams are not in good shape as they prepare to battle it out at the Kirklees Stadium on Saturday evening. The Terriers earned a point away at Brighton last week, but they are on a 5 match win-less streak. Moreover, the team managed by David Wagner has only 2 wins to show from their last 16 Premier League games. Home record isn’t good either, as they won just in 8 matches.
Watford lost at home to Burnley last weekend and are searching for their first win in five games. They lost 3 of the previous 4 and won just thrice since December.
They away form is extremely poor for the Hornets as their 9 match losing streak have 8 defeats. Moreover, they haven’t scored in the last 5 trips.
Huddersfield vs Watford: Head-to-head Stats
- The Terriers thrashed the Hornets 4-1 when they met at the Vicarage Road earlier this season.
- Huddersfield have now won 3 of the last 4 meetings with Watford in all competitions while losing the other.
- Their last five h2h meetings saw both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals, also 8 of the last 9 saw the same.
- It will be also worth to note that six of their last seven saw over 3.5 goals.
Huddersfield vs Watford: Prediction
Neither side have the momentum at this point, but Huddersfield have no option but to go for the winner in this match. They do have the players to do this, but majority of them have been under-performing since the opening quarter of the season.
Watford often offers little resistance to their hosts in away games and there is a chance for Huddersfield to put three points on the board. However, these are two teams that conceded the most number of goals in the current campaign and there is an element of doubt in choosing an outright winner.
Therefore, both teams to score is the safe option for this game. While over 2.5 full-time goals can be kept as a secondary choice. You can see from our head-to-head analysis that an insane high number of games between these two teams saw 4 or more goals.
Huddersfield vs Watford: Bet Tips
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Huddersfield vs Watford: Team News and Starting Line-ups
Jonathan Hogg picked up an ankle injury in the 1-1 stalemate against Brighton and is certain to miss here.
Elias Kachunga, Michael Hefele and Danny Williams are already in the nursing table.
Philip Billing could deputize the injured Hogg and is the only change expected from David Wagner.
Huddersfield Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Lossl – Kongolo, Schindler, Zanka, Hadergjonaj – van La Parra, Mooy, Billing, Ince – Pritchard, Mounie.
Watford Team News
Christian Kabasele is close to attain full fitness and he may miss out on the starting eleven.
Meantime, the Hornets are without Tommie Hoban, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu and Younes Kaboul, who are all sidelined with various injuries.
Watford Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Karnezis – Holebas, Mariappa, Prodl, Janmaat – Capoue, Doucoure – Pereyra, Hughes, Richarlison – Deeney.