Huddersfield

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John Smith's Stadium

17/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

V

John Smith's Stadium

17/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: This is probably the most important Premier League match this week, in view of where both sides are in the table.

Last time: Huddersfield won 1-0 thanks to a James Vaughn goal back in 2013. The Terriers also won the league meeting earlier this season. Football predictions are tough, but it’s very unlikely they’ll win 3-0 on Saturday as they did back in August.

This time: Huddersfield are 15/8 to win with Crystal Palace at 17/10 and the draw 9/4.

You might remember: A fiery Championship match in which both sides had a man sent off. Wilf Zaha and Keith Southern got the goals in a 1-1 draw, whilst Damien Delaney and Anthony Gerrard picked up the red cards.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Steve Mounie netted on his debut the last time Huddersfield faced Palace

This is a Premier League preview for a match with plenty riding on it. Crystal Palace go into the weekend in the relegation zone, and Huddersfield are just four points better off. So what will happen on Saturday afternoon? Football prediction is a difficult business, but here are some football betting tips for the weekend for you.

Huddersfield are 15/8 to win, and they have won five home matches in the league this season. However, they have only picked up three points once in their last seven games at the John Smiths Stadium, and they failed to break down Swansea last weekend despite facing ten men for 79 minutes.

Crystal Palace can be backed at 17/10 to head south with three points on Saturday. Palace have only won two away games this season though, and have the fourth worst away record in the Premier League. Only two teams have scored fewer goals on the road than the Eagles have.

The draw is priced at 9/4, and as the teams have very similar records in 2017/18, a tie has to be a distinct possibility. Both teams have lost 15 league games this season, and their goal records at both ends of the pitch are no more than three apart.

Steve Mounie is available at 5/1 to open the scoring, or 2/1 to net at some point. The Frenchman is in fine scoring form at present, with four goals in his last eight matches in all competitions. With six league goals, Mounie is Huddersfield’s top scorer in the Premier League this season.

Christian Benteke is 13/5 to bag a goal, or 13/2 to score the opener. Although he has had a fairly miserable season in front of goal, both of Benteke’s league strikes have been on the road. He’s had ample chances to score more, so perhaps this is a rare week where he takes one.

Premier League predictions are never easy, but this feels like it will be a tight, tense affair where the sides largely cancel each other out.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A penalty? Football predictions are always aided by a little research, and a look at the stats reveals the match referee, Mike Dean, awards penalties more often than any other current Premier League ref.

2

We fancy:

Under 2.5 goals, at 67/100. Both managers are inherently conservative with their football, and with so much at stake this seems unlikely to be a goal fest – which could be a factor in any both teams to score predictions too.

3

It's a long shot, but:

Crystal Palace to win 3-0, at 30/1. Football score predictions are tough to get right, but if Palace can win by this score line at Leicester then they certainly can here. Their pace on the break could make all the difference if they get ahead and Huddersfield press for an equaliser.

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Written by Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.