Southampton

V

St Mary's Stadium

23/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

Huddersfield

V

St Mary's Stadium

23/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: These two currently occupy 11th and 12th position in the Premier League, and a home win would see Southampton draw level on points with Huddersfield.

Last time: The teams met early in the season at the John Smith’s Stadium and played out a goalless draw. That was the first meeting between the sides in over six years.

This time: Southampton are 4/7 favourites for the win, while Huddersfield are 6/1 and the draw’s 16/5.

You might remember: The Saints hammering Huddersfield 5-0 in March 2010. The Terriers had the last laugh though, thrashing Stockport 6-0 the following month to secure their place in the League One play-offs at Southampton’s expense.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Despite going five without a win against Chelsea, Southampton fans can have plenty of optimism considering the manner of their performance at Stamford Bridge. Huddersfield’s supporters will make another trip south with plenty of confidence though after their emphatic display at the weekend.

Southampton are 4/7 for the win and they’ll be desperate to bring some festive cheer to St Mary’s and get back to winning ways. The Saints have only won one of their last nine, a run that’s seen them drop into the bottom half of the Premier League table. Averaging less than a goal a game, Southampton don’t score many so they need to keep things tight at the back if they want to pick up all three points.

Huddersfield are 6/1 to take the spoils back to West Yorkshire, a win that would take them to 24 points at the halfway stage of the season. The Terriers have proven plenty of people wrong so far, as they were widely tipped for relegation at the start of the campaign. Their scoring ratio’s also less than a goal a game, although they’ll be buoyed by the four they scored on Saturday.

The draw is 16/5, a result that would maintain the three point gap between the sides. As both teams have been struggling for goals, a 1-1 draw looks tempting at 7/1. If you think neither side will manage to break the deadlock, a 0-0 scoreline is priced at 19/2.

Austin is 7/2 to score the first goal of the game, and he’s looked sharp in recent weeks to justify this price. The Englishman clinically opened the scoring against Arsenal recently, and he’ll be the biggest threat to the Huddersfield defence. He’s 5/4 to score anytime, 7/1 to score two or more and 40/1 for a hat-trick.

Aaron Mooy is 14/1 to open the scoring after his brace at the weekend, or 13/2 to score anytime. Laurent Depoitre meanwhile has two in his last two, and is priced at 4/1 to score in his third consecutive game on Saturday.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A Christmas cracker. Despite both team’s struggles in front of goal and the scoreless draw earlier in the campaign, there were 16 goals in the previous four games between these two. An over 3.5 goals bet is 3/1, while it’s 8/1 for over 4.5 goals.

2

We fancy:

Southampton to win and both teams to score at 3/1. It may be a low scoring game but both defences can be suspect at times, with a 2-1 Southampton win priced at 17/2.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Depoitre to score the only goal of the game at 66/1. The Belgian striker has four already this season and will fancy his chances in front of goal after his recent success.

Written by Oli Coates

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