Huddersfield Town vs Newcastle United – Kirklees Stadium, Huddersfield, England – 1:30PM, Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Sunday sees two newly promoted sides face off against each other as Huddersfield Town host Newcastle United. Huddersfield Town surprised many in the Championship last season by gaining promotion and they continued to exceed expectations on the opening weekend of the season by thrashing Crystal Palace 3-0 away from home. This time around they will play their first home game in the English top flight since the 1971/72 season and Newcastle United will be their opponents. Newcastle were fairly solid against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend before Jonjo Shelvey’s stupid red card saw them reduced to 10-men on their way to a 2-0 defeat. Manager Rafael Benitez will have targeted this game against Huddersfield Town as a must win game and he needs his side to show more attacking impetus this time around.
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has done a superb job at the club after starting last season as one of the favourites for relegation from the Championship, they now find themselves second in the Premier League table. The club signed ten new first team players this summer and one of them, Steve Mounie, started with a bang, grabbing two goals against Crystal Palace. Mounie was signed for a club record £11.5m and Wagner will have been delighted with the start the Benin international has made after his move from Montpellier.
It has been a frustrating summer for Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez as he has seen his main transfer targets slip away and been denied money to spend by owner Mike Ashley. The problems only mounted against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend as Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett hobbled off injured and Jonjo Shelvey picked up a red card, meaning that all three will miss this weekends game. One player who has joined this week is Joselu from Stoke City for £5m, although fans are unlikely to be too excited about the signing of a Stoke City squad player with an underwhelming goal scoring record.
- When these two sides met last season, the away side won both times. Will that streak continue?
- Do Newcastle United have enough goals in their team? They looked blunt in attack last weekend and it remains to be seen whether Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez will offer enough of a threat.
- Can Steve Mounie continue his fantastic start? The club record signing scored twice on his debut and will be looking to add to that tally against Newcastle this Sunday.
I think this will be a tight game; Huddersfield Town were extremely impressive against Crystal Palace last time out and they come up against a Newcastle United team who look to be low on confidence and morale at the moment. Rafael Benitez will set up to try and keep a clean sheet this weekend and I think the draw could be the most likely outcome here on Sunday afternoon.
Betting Tips (Bet365)
Huddersfield Town start this game as favourites to win at 6/4, whilst an away win for Newcastle United is 11/5. I think a more likely outcome is the draw though, which is available at odds of 9/4. Considering that Newcastle looked solid at the back, but blunt going forward last weekend, I think the draw could be very likely here.
Draw – 9/4 (Bet365)