Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool prediction: Huddersfield 0-2 Liverpool
Huddersfield come into the game in the midst of a winless run that stretches back to 14th April 2018, twelve games in total, in the Premier League.
They have failed to score in all of their last six home matches and have been losing at both half time and full time in five of those six Premier League matches.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are undefeated in their last nine matches in the Premier League which sees them sit joint top on goal difference coming into the game.
Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool: Who will win?
With the recent form of both sides in mind, coupled with Liverpool winning the two meetings between the pair last season 3-0, an away win looks the most likely result as reflected in the 1/4 odds.
Despite home advantage, Huddersfield are underdogs at 11/1. A draw is 9/2.
Huddersfield have yet to score in front of their home fans this season, with Spurs, Palace, Cardiff and Chelsea all successfully shutting them down.
Therefore, the odds for both sides to score at 6/5 don’t look great value. The over 2.5 goals is 8/11.
Huddersfield’s attacking players are yet to find the net this season, with all goals coming from defensive players; Stankovic, Zanka, Schindler and Billing with one apiece.
Steve Mounie has the most shots on target for the side with six and was their top scorer last season with seven goals.
The Beninese international forward is 12/1 to score first and 4/1 to score any time in the game.
Roberto Firmino is yet to find his scoring boots of last season and has only two goals so far.
However, he scored in both games when the sides met last season and looks set to lead the line again here.
If Mohamed Salah misses the game through injury, the onus will be on him even more to find his goal scoring touch once more. The Brazilian is 4/1 to score the first goal and 6/5 to score any time in the game.
Huddersfield Town (18th) vs Liverpool (3rd): Match preview
These clubs finally met for the first time last season; both games resulting in a 3-0 win for the Reds.
The games were every bit as one-sided as the score line would suggest. The first game between the sides in October 2017 at Anfield, saw Liverpool dominate the shots 16:1, shots on target 8:0 and Huddersfield were unable to complete a single pass within 20 meters of Liverpool’s goal; their only shot resulting from a direct free kick around 25 yards from goal.
The return fixture at the end of January saw Huddersfield pose more of an attacking threat with the shot count at 14:5 to Liverpool this time around.
However, shots on target showed Liverpool’s dominance again at 7:1.
Huddersfield did get the ball closer to goal this time and were able to complete four passes within 20 meters of Liverpool’s goal, all of which resulted in shots from inside the Liverpool box, albeit without reward.
A feature of both games was Huddersfield’s reluctance to engage Liverpool in their half of the pitch.
As a result, Liverpool were able to complete 30+ passes in their own half of the pitch per defensive action (or PPDA), more than three times the league average.
Huddersfield instead opted to retreat into their own half of the pitch to defend in a low block to protect the spaces closest to their own goal, sacrificing time on the ball to Liverpool to do so.
Liverpool, on the other hand, were aggressive in closing down Huddersfield when they lost possession of the ball – the famous gegenpressing.
Liverpool had a PPDA of just 6.43 in the home game – as in, Huddersfield averaged just 6.4 passes per defensive action of Liverpool. During the away game it was a PPDA 8.65. A slight improvement from Huddersfield but still some way below league average.
This resulted in Huddersfield trying to avoid Liverpool’s press by simply clearing the ball or playing long and bypassing the midfield.
At Anfield, they had twenty-seven clearances and a whopping 25% of their passes were long balls.
In addition, they were only able to string together three passes, on average, when in possession of the ball.
The number of clearances jumped up to thirty-eight at John Smith’s Stadium, with the number of long balls dropping to just 15.3% of their total passes; still slightly above the league average which stands at 13.6% in the Premier League this season.
Huddersfield team news vs Liverpool
Most of Huddersfield’s injury problems are expected to clear up over the international break with Tom Smith, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Christopher Schindler, Aaron Mooy, Ramadan Sobhi and Danny Williams all expected to return to full training and are in with a shout of being involved in the game.
However, Terence Kongolo remains out with a thigh injury and isn’t expected to return until November 10th at the earliest.
Having saved just 55% of the shots he faced over the three games he was in goal, Ben Hamer seems to have lost the battle of the goalkeepers, so expect Jonas Lössl to continue in goal who has a much superior 65% save record.
Florent Hadergjonaj started the previous game on the bench and looks likely to remain out of favour to former Dortmund fullback, Erik Durm.
Mounie is expected to come back into the starting lineup in place of Laurent Depoitre, who was largely ineffective in his place against both Spurs and Burnley.
Huddersfield may revert to the 5-4-1 formation used against Spurs at home recently with which they had some success in matching Spurs in terms of shots & shots on target, albeit not so much with the end result.
Should they opt to do so, expect Tommy Smith as the third centre back in place of van la Parra.
Liverpool team news vs Huddersfield
Dejan Lovren started his first Premier League game of the season in Liverpool’s last outing against Manchester City, and was arguably man of the match for many with two goal saving tackles.
The change pushed Gomez over to right back. However, he didn’t have the best of games there compared to his performances in the centre for the Reds this season.
With Huddersfield expected to sit back and invite Liverpool onto them, Trent Alexander-Arnold may be preferred to offer more of an attacking threat on that side of the pitch.
But would it be in place of Gomez or will he be pushed back into the centre instead of Lovren?
Klopp may also choose to rest VVD who missed the Netherlands friendly in mid-week due to a broken rib
that has been troubling him for a few of weeks.
The injury to James Milner against Manchester City makes him unlikely to start. The news that Naby Keita may also miss the game due to a hamstring injury, picked up during the African Nations Cup qualifying draw with Rwanda, means Liverpool are looking short of bodies in midfield once more.
Therefore, expect the midfield that started against Southampton recently to begin the game; Henderson & Wijnaldum in a double pivot behind Shaqiri.
Adam Lallana may be fit again having returned to full training over the international break but is unlikely ready to start games at this time. He may take up a place on the bench vacated by Keita.
Mohamed Salah’s injury on international duty with Egypt will likely see them forced to make changes to what had been consistent front three so far.
Mané is expected to be available for the game despite having surgery on his hand on Wednesday on a suspected broken thumb. A club statement at the time read “Mane’s recovery will be monitored over the next couple of days ahead of the Reds’ return to action at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.”
Should either miss the game, player of the month, Daniel Sturridge, is expected to come in and replace them for his first Premier League start for Liverpool since November 2017.
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.