Huddersfield v Southampton – Match Preview and Tips
Huddersfield v Southampton – Sat 22nd Dec, 15:00, John Smith’s Stadium
Referee: Stuart Atwell
Can Southampton follow up their impressive win against Arsenal in their last match? Honestly, the Saints really impressed me in that match with Ralph Hasenhuttl clearly having a positive effect on the team’s performance already.
They travel to a poor Huddersfield team that are getting relegated in my mind. Huddersfield are second-from-bottom and just look pretty bad, to be honest. They have a number of key players out injured, including the influential Aaron Mooy.
The Terriers have lost four of their last five matches while scoring just two goals. In fact, Huddersfield have scored just 10 goals in seventeen games to an average of 0.59 a match. All while conceding 28 goals to an average of 1.65 a match. Neither excelling in defence or attack this season and they look destined for relegation.
The Saints have not been much better, but if they play similarly to their performance against Arsenal, they should have no problems picking up three points in this match. Southampton have the better players in their squad, with impressive performances from Stuart Armstrong, Danny Ings and Charlie Austin last match.
Huddersfield have scored just three goals at home this season while failing to score in six matches. They have only conceded eleven though, in low-scoring matches that have seen over 2.5 goals just once.
Charlie Austin has had a hand in seven goals in eight league appearances against Huddersfield, with five goals and two assists.
Firstly, Huddersfield are 2/1 to win, the draw is 2/1 and a Southampton win is 8/5.
I see a lot more value in the Southampton match, but will the Terriers drag out a painful draw? Under 2.5 goals is as short as 4/7 on most betting sites which is no real surprise.
For a long shot bet, I like the look of Southampton to win 2-0 and Charlie Austin to score anytime which is best priced at 31/1 with BetVictor.