John Smith's Stadium

10/03/2018 | 3:00 pm



John Smith's Stadium

10/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Both Huddersfield and Swansea have been defying the odds this campaign as they meet in a vital encounter in West Yorkshire. Relegation is still a very real threat, but both will have the belief they can be one of the sides set for another season in England’s top flight.

Last time: The last time the Swans visited the John Smith’s Stadium the two sides were plying their trade in the third tier of English football.  Swansea ran out 1-0 winners that day thanks to a Jason Scotland strike on the stroke of half time.

This time: Huddersfield are 6/4 to win with Swansea at 15/8 and the draw 11/5.

You might remember: During a 2006 December League One tie, Swansea looked as if they were heading home with the three points thanks to a brace from Lee Trundle before a Pawal Abbot double (culminating in a 90th penalty) and Jon Worthington strike stole the points for the Terriers.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Huddersfield need more goals from Steve Mounie to stay out of trouble

Swansea’s rise from relegation fodder to likely survival under Carlos Carvalhal has been nothing short of miraculous much like the unfancied Terriers own rise to the Premier League. However, the fight for survival for both goes on with a real relegation six-pointer set to be on the cards. If there is a victor, a huge sigh of relief will be breathed whilst the loser faces an even harder task to maintain top-flight status.

Huddersfield are 6/4 to win the match and with home advantage, that makes them a tempting prospect. The Terriers have also picked up more points at home than sides such as Newcastle with five wins making the John’s Smith’s stadium something of a lower table fortress.

Swansea are 15/8 to win and based on form, that could be where the smart money is. Victories over Arsenal, Liverpool, Burnley and West Ham has dragged Swans out of the relegation zone and looking like a side with designs on mid-table.

The draw is 11/5 and is a result that both managers would probably settle for. As the season end draws nearer, points become even more precious and with the Swans having picked up four points from draws on the road this season, a fifth would only enhance their chances of survival.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/15 and although that may be a little shorter than we would have liked, it does make complete sense. Swansea have only managed ten away goals all season whilst the Terriers home support have only seen the net bulge in their favour 15 times in 14 games.

For the score to be 0-0 at half time is 11/8 and for two sides a little shy in front of goal, that is real value. Swansea are without main goal threat Wilfred Bony and Huddersfield will be tentative about playing Aaron Mooy from the off, if at all, meaning a tepid first half is likely to be in store.

Match Summary


Look out for:

A better second half. With the pressure firmly on both sides in the relegation fight, neither side will want to take too many early risks with the game likely to resent better opportunities later in the game.

Both teams to score in the second half is 3/1 and at those odds, it is certainly worth considering.


We fancy:

The 1-1 score draw is 11/2 and that looks the most sensible outcome of this game.

Both managers will have looked at this game as 90 minutes they must get something out of so a game of few risks is likely.


It’s a long shot, but:

Huddersfield to win 3-2 just as they did in that epic 2006 League One tie is 40/1.

The pair have much lower league history between them and as both have proven this season by beating the big boys on more than one occasion, if they are up for it, they can produce a spectacular show.

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!