Burnley vs Huddersfield Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups & Betting Tips
Burnley vs Huddersfield Town predictions for Saturday’s English Premier League encounter at Turf Moor. Huddersfield wants to regain its shape from opening Premier League weeks when they travel to Burnley. Read more in our detailed game preview, free predictions and betting tips.
Head-to-head History: Burnley vs Huddersfield
The clash on Saturday afternoon will be first in the Premier League between both clubs since the competition’s establishment in early 90’s. Their last meeting in top flight of English football took place on 13 March 1971 when Burnley won 0:1 in Huddersfield Town but later on relegated.
In the meantime Burnley and Huddersfield have a few matches in the 21st century and all of them are in The Championship. Last pair of their recent history was in the 2015-16 season when Burnley won twice (2:1, 1:3) and these two victories are part of an overall streak – three wins in a row when facing Huddersfield.
Premier League: Burnley vs Huddersfield 23.09.2017
Both clubs enjoy a flying start of the new campaign, taking 8 points after opening five rounds, perched just behind Tottenham and over Liverpool. Indeed, who would thought newcomers Huddersfield and Burnley will find themselves respectively 6th and 7th in the EPL standings after five weeks, especially if we consider Burnley had some formidable visits to Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool. In fact, Clarets haven’t lost in any of them and even pulled out five points from outings at the “Stamford Bridge”, “Wembley”, “Anfield”.
On the other hand “The Terriers” are back in the top tier of English football hierarchy for the first time since 1972 and David Wagner’s side looks determined to retain its elite status. Huddersfield began the season with three successive clean sheets and 7 points won out of 9 possible, winning against Crystal Palace (0:3), Newcastle (1:0) and sharing the points in Southampton. In that period Huddersfield have also won 2:1 against Rotherham United for the League Cup to make their streak even greater, but their momentum has been slowed up a bit after the international break this month. In the past two weeks Huddersfield had two different visits and lost them both – to West Ham United (2:0 in the EPL), as well as a midweek journey to London where they lost 1:0 to Crystal Palace in Tuesday evening. Anyway, last weekend David Wagner’s men added another point to their Premier League asset in a home draw (1:1) vs the 2016 champion Leicester City.
While Huddersfield Town had a visit to struggling Crystal Palace, Burnley’s midweek League Cup commitment was at home turf, against current Championship leader – Leeds United. After a very dramatic 2:2 draw in regular time, Sean Dyche’s side lost on penalties and even Chris Wood’s contribution wasn’t enough to put them through. Chris Wood was the reason why Burnley broke their record transfer fee (£15mln) to bring Wood from Leeds, but the New Zealand forward did his best and scored twice in this match – one penalty in regular time, and another one in the additional penalty-shootout.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Despite their midweek frustration, Burnley have all arguments to be inspired when they take on Huddersfield as The Clarets can even claim a top 4 position after this round, under certain circumstances. Sean Dyche is expected to name Nick Pope as his first-choice goalkeeper once again, although Burnley have signed Anders Lindegaard on a deal until the end of the season as a result of Tom Heaton’s long-term injury. Injury of the latter has been a huge blow for Burnley but Pope does well so far and we don’t expect any rotations from the squad that won a point at “Anfield” only one week ago. This means that Ben Mee, Stephan Ward, Matthew Lowton, Robbie Brady, Jack Cork, Steven Defour and Chris Wood will all return to the starting XI against Huddersfield after dropping to the bench against Leeds.
Except goalkeeper Heaton, other long-term injuries are linked to names of Dean Marney and Nahki Wells, but the good news are that Ashley Westwood, Jonathan Walters, Jeff Hendrick are set to return in the group. Their presence on the bench provides more options in midfield and Sean Dyche can be relatively pleased with current squad depth.
David Wagner is the one having more concerns as the German, who won the Premier League Manager of the Month award in August, won’t be able to rely on a few injured players. Kasey Palmer and Jon Stankovic remain injured and will not feature which is not something new. Moreover, Wagner is surely not pleased by fact that Danny Williams and Steve Mounie will possibly miss out as well. Thus Belgian forward Laurent Depoitre will keep his position in attack and the Dane Philip Billing should return in midfield.
Another Dane is crucial for Huddersfield’s defense and perfectly fits to the line as Mathias Jørgensen (Zanka) forms a decent partnership with Christopher Schindler, Chris Löwe and captain Tommy Smith.
On top of all injuries, David Wagner has a few doubts with names of Collin Quaner and Rajiv van La Parra. Abdelhamid Sabiri can start if Palmer is not ready to start, while Tom Ince can replace La Parra on the left wing.
Burnley vs Huddersfield Prediction and Betting Tips
Burnley is the team with more Premier League experience in the past couple of years and boss Sean Dyche brilliantly realizes how vital are these home games for the club from Lancashire. Last season Burnley won 33 out of its overall 40 points at home and Clarets have been one of the weakest away sides. As for comparison, this season Burnley already have won 5 points after three visits (vs Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool), which is only with two less to their full away record last campaign – 7 points.
Possible Goal Scorer and Betting Odds
Burnley is set for a third home match in the Premier League where Clarets have lost to WBA on matchday 2, but then won against Crystal Palace. New signing Chris Wood was the golden boy who scored the winning goal vs Crystal Palace as he previously scored a late equalizer against Tottenham in London.
Now all sights are on Wood who must meet the expectations and be a serious menace for the solid-looking defensive line of Huddersfield.
Logically, first of our betting tips goes on the goalscoring markets – Anytime Goalscorer: Chris Wood. Decent betting odds (2.63 or 13/8) and we all know how important for Burnley is to have a central forward who suits their style of play.
Burnley vs Huddersfield Town – Who Will Win?
Visitors from West Yorkshire attract sympathy of the neutrals by all means but they will need something more to extend their form throughout the season. David Wagner is an ambitious personality who admires Jürgen Klopp’s football philosophy and last weekend we saw that Klopp had some serious difficulties with Burnley. Of course, we can’t compare both occasions and “The Terriers” simply can’t afford playing so open as Liverpool did at “Anfield”.
We have a match where both midfields will have key impact on the final score and we sincerely believe that Burnley already is more established on the Premier League stage, not to mention about their home mentality. Our second betting prediction is backing the home side – Burnley to win against Huddersfield Town, as we mark the Asian Handicap -0.5 for a greater value.
Possible Lineups of Burnley and Huddersfield
Venue: “Turf Moor”, Burnley.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh.
Burnley FC: Nick Pope – Stephen Ward, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Matthew Lowton – Robbie Brady, Steven Defour, Jack Cork, Johann Berg Gudmundsson – Scott Arfield – Chris Wood. (4-4-1-1)
Huddersfield Town: Jonas Lössl – Tom Smith, Christopher Schindler, Mathias “Zanka” Jørgensen, Chris Löwe – Aaron Mooy, Philip Billing – Elias Kachunga, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Tom Ince – Laurent Depoitre. (4-2-3-1)