Huddersfield Town v Southampton: Match Preview

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There’s nothing new we can say about Huddersfield Town of late. We made our views on the tactics and form of the team very clear in THIS POST earlier in the week. With that in mind, we’ve decided to preview tomorrow’s game in a slightly different way.

Below you will find the pundits predictions, the views of both managers, the best Huddersfield Town bet of the weekend and a little more sprinkled in there for good luck. Enjoy!

The pundits’ predictions

Mark Lawrenson is BBC Sport’s resident soothsayer and every week he tests out his abilities of prediction against a celebrity. This week he is head-to-head against boxer Dillian White, and here’s what Lawro had to say about our game;

“Ralph Hasenhuttl got a big win last weekend against Arsenal in his first home game as Southampton boss. He got his reward for going for the win at the end and I think that tells us a lot about how he is going to manage.

“Huddersfield are only a couple of points worse off than Saints at the bottom of the table, but they have lost their past four games and they are really struggling at the moment. The Terriers have the worst home record in the Premier League this season with just five points and three goals to show for their nine games so far.

“If they are going to have any chance of staying up, then that needs to improve dramatically. It is hard to make a case for the Terriers winning because of that lack of goals, but I think they are capable of getting a point. Saints have not turned into a really good team on the strength of that one win over the Gunners.”

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Next up it’s the turn of Sky Sports pundit and Soccer Saturday regular, Paul Merson. Last season he wore a Gonzo outfit on air, after claiming that Town were “Gonzoooooo” mid-way through the season. Here are his thoughts on the Southampton game;

“I’m still not sure about Southampton, and I think the win over Arsenal was more to do with Arsenal! I think Danny Ings is the difference for them though, and Huddersfield just don’t score goals.

“They find it so hard in the final third, and if you don’t score goals you won’t win games, it’ll catch up with you. The one thing Huddersfield are is tight, but I’m going for an away win here.”

Merse’s prediction: 0-2

What the manager’s say

Ralph Hassenhuttl: “It will not be an easy game, it is a completely different game, because maybe their football is not as strong as Arsenal, but mentally and the character of Huddersfield is comparing to ours in the last game, so it will be a very interesting game.

“Our big advantage against Arsenal was I think we surprised them a little bit, about what formation we were starting with and that helped us a little bit. The surprise factor is now gone, so now it’s important to face a very, very aggressive opponents in a stadium that is really loud and with a good atmosphere, like in our stadium.”

David Wagner: “You have to make sure that if you like to win football matches and you like to score, then you have to perform at your best. I am a strong believer that you have to perform on your best as a team, offensively and defensively to have a chance to score and win games.

“Performance-wise everyone has seen that we’ve more or less always been competitive and performance-wise, we’ve sometimes deserved more than we got. Unfortunately, we haven’t scored and collected points, but we have to make sure our performance is on the highest level.

“Southampton are much more aggressive than before, play a higher line, and are on the front foot. I’ve seen the game against Arsenal and they had a little bit of the game that you need to win matches in the Premier League.

“They changed their style a little bit after they changed the manager, but there aren’t any big secrets that we expect on Saturday. We are aware what they are doing and hopefully we can find some areas where we can hurt them, whilst limiting the quality they have.”

Form guide

Huddersfield Town: WLLLL (18th)

Southampton: LDLLW (15th)

Last 5 encounters

Huddersfield Town wins: 1

Draws: 2

Southampton wins: 2

Goals scored: 4

Goals conceded: 10

Memorable match

Huddersfield Town bets

Lawro’s prediction (1-1): 24/5

Merse’s prediction (0-2): 10/1

TerrierBlog’s prediction (2-1): 19/2

The crazy bet - Huddersfield Town to win 4-1 and Steve Mounie to score a hat-trick: 90/1


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