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Liverpool vs Huddersfield betting tips: Premier League preview & predictions

Liverpool vs Huddersfield prediction: Liverpool 4-0 Huddersfield

Friday night football from Anfield sees Liverpool continue their hunt for a first Premier League title in almost thirty years.

Liverpool are just one point behind Manchester City and know they must take maximum points from their three remaining games. They need to stay right on their heels maintaining maximum pressure and ready to capitalise, should City stumble.

Their opponents, Huddersfield, have already been confirmed as relegated from the Premier League. However, as we have seen many times in the past, this can see a side relax and start picking up the points they had been struggling for all season.

Liverpool vs Huddersfield: Who will win?

Virgil van Dijk

PORTO, PORTUGAL – APRIL 17: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Porto and Liverpool at Estadio do Dragao on April 17, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Liverpool have won, and kept a clean sheet, on the four occasions these sides faced each other in the history of British football. They are strong 1/13 favourites to keep this run going with another win here on Friday.

They have already drawn seven matches this season. A draw on Friday would likely be the end of their title challenge for another season. They are 14/1 to draw against Huddersfield.

Liverpool are undefeated in their last thirty-eight home matches in the Premier League. While Huddersfield have only managed one point from thirty-three on their travels, from their last eleven away matches.

Can Huddersfield do the unthinkable and pick up a shock win at Anfield? They are huge outsiders at 28/1.

Liverpool vs Huddersfield: Who will score?

Bar chart showing the top goalscorers of both clubs filtered on total goals scored (Orange Bar). Expected Goals per 90 (Charcoal) and Goals per 90 (Silver) are also shown. Click to Expand.

Bar chart showing the top goalscorers of both clubs filtered on total goals scored (Orange Bar). Expected Goals per 90 (Charcoal) and Goals per 90 (Silver) are also shown. Click to Expand.

Mohamed Salah has shown signs of finding top gear for Liverpool once again. In his last three league games, he has scored the winning goal against Southampton, a goal of the season contender against Chelsea and won a penalty last weekend to seal the win at Cardiff for his side.

The bookies have Salah as their favourite to keep this run going with the first goal here, at 12/5. Or 4/11 to score at any time.

Roberto Firmino has two goals from two starts against Huddersfield. He is in top form at the moment, with four goals and two assists from his last seven matches for club and country. Can Firmino keep that going against a familiar opponent here? The Brazilian is 8/11 to score at any time and 4/1 to be first goalscorer.

Karlan Grant has been a fantastic acquisition for Huddersfield in the January transfer window. He is the Terriers top scorer with four goals, despite the fact he has started only six Premier League games for the club. Grant is also averaging a Premier League goal every one-hundred and fifty minutes this season, which is better than all three of Liverpool’s attacking trident. He is 25/1 to score first on Friday night. Or 13/2 to score at any time.

Liverpool vs Huddersfield: Match preview

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Mathias Zanka Jorgensen of Huddersfield Town reacts after defeat in the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur at John Smith’s Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Huddersfield are in the middle of an abysmal run of form. They have lost twenty of their last twenty-two league games. They have failed to score in seven of their last eight away matches and conceded at least two goals at the other end in each of their last six matches.

This sees them come into this game merely playing for pride, as a team. However, for the players, there is a chance still of impressing in these final few games to earn a second chance in the Premier League, away from Huddersfield, next season.

This, of course, can have both positive and negative impacts for the club. On one hand, it is an extra motivator to get bigger performances from the players. On the other, it can cause the team’s tactics to be somewhat abandoned as the players start playing for their own numbers and glory, rather than the team.

Liverpool vs Huddersfield: An open, high scoring game?

Graph showing the 5-game rolling average of Expected Goals For (xG) and Against (xGA) for Liverpool (Red) and Huddersfield (Blue). Click to expand.

Graph showing the 5-game rolling average of Expected Goals For (xG) and Against (xGA) for Liverpool (Red) and Huddersfield (Blue). Click to expand.

Perhaps this goes some way to explain what we are seeing as of late? Over the five to seven games, Huddersfield games have begun to open up more. We are starting to see more chances in terms of both quality and quantity for both sides.

Unfortunately for Huddersfield, open games tend to be determined more by individual quality. As such, it is no surprise to see them lose those games. Often quite heavily.

You suspect this will seriously play into Liverpool’s hands with the attacking talent they have available, coupled with the quality they have in defence and in goal.

The expected goals model backs this up also. Huddersfield are currently giving up chances worth 2.5 goals per game on average. This mostly to sides with nowhere near the finishing ability that this Liverpool side possesses.

While it seems a little obvious to predict a team fighting for a title, to hammer the side already relegated, everything about this game screams Liverpool for a rampant home win.

Liverpool team news vs Huddersfield

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 28: Joe Gomez of Liverpool battles for possession with Marco Verratti of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still unavailable for selection as he works his way back to full fitness, having missed a year of football due to an ACL injury.

Fabinho was only on the pitch a matter of minutes on Sunday, before needing to come off with a suspected concussion. He is unlikely to be risked here with a Champions League semi-final on the horizon.

Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are back in full training and in contention for selection here. Expect both to appear from the bench only though.

Jurgen Klopp looks likely to make changes to his starting XI here to rest some legs for their Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona, at the Nou Camp, next week.

Joe Gomez recently completed an hour for the U23 side against Leicester, as well as cameos in the two most recent games against Porto and Cardiff. He may get a first start since December here against Huddersfield.

Xherdan Shaqiri is another who hopes to benefit from any rotation as he aims to start his first match since the end of January. He may start in place of Mohamed Salah, who had a busy week travelling to New York for the Time 100 gala.

Huddersfield team news vs Liverpool

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Alex Pritchard of Huddersfield Town celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and West Ham United at the John Smith’s Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Huddersfield are expected to be without Laurent Depoitre (Ankle), Adama Diakhaby (Thigh) and Abdelhamid Sabiri (Fitness) for their trip to Anfield on Friday night.

Jan Siewert will likely feel that his side performed admirably in spite of their loss to Watford at the weekend. Therefore, don’t expect too many changes to the starting XI.

Karlan Grant’s cameo goal, and form in general since February, will hopefully be enough for him to earn a start at Anfield.

Chris Löwe also did well in his ten minutes on the pitch, including providing the cross for Grant to head in. Will it be enough to see him selected ahead of Isaac Mbenza though?

Predicted Liverpool team vs Huddersfield

Predicted Liverpool team vs Huddersfield

Predicted Liverpool team vs Huddersfield

Predicted Huddersfield team vs Liverpool

Predicted Huddersfield team vs Liverpool

Predicted Huddersfield team vs Liverpool

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-Huddersfield

The latest tweets from Huddersfield pre-Liverpool

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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