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Premier League Huddersfield Town v Everton

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Monday, January 21, 2019


John Smith’s Stadium

Punter's Pick

Despite being inconsistent all season, it is hard to look past Everton at 19/20 with Ladbrokes, with Richarlison 4/1 to be first goalscorer with the same firm. Under 2.5 goals is 4/6 with Bet365, and given Huddersfield’s goalscoring record would not be a too unrealistic an outcome.

Rock bottom Huddersfield Town take on mid-table Everton as they resume their fight for Premier League survival under a new manager.

New manager, same result?

With previous manager David Wagner departing the club by mutual consent, another Borussia Dortmund protege, Jan Siewert takes the reins for his first game. Siewert was previously in charge of Dortmund’s second XI, similar to the path taken by Wagner prior to arriving at Huddersfield. Huddersfield can at least be applauded for going slightly left field in their choice of new manager, with usual suspects such as David Moyes and Sam Allardyce not in the running to do one of their time-honoured relegation saving acts. With slim resources at his disposal in terms of quality of playing personnel, Siewert will have to go a long way to emulating some of the great Premier League survival stories of recent seasons, such as Leicester City’s miraculous escape in 2014-15.

Pressure on Everton manager ramping up

With a top six finish target looking a distant memory, especially with the recent revival of Manchester United, mid-table Everton looked to be a good bet to go on a long FA Cup run. However a tricky looking tie against Championship Millwall proved too steep a challenge on Saturday, as the PL side were humbled 3-2 by their lowly rivals. That defeat followed one away to Southampton in their last league game, and it seems Everton are not geared up to teams showing some modicum of physicality, as they slipped to surprise defeats in both games. After a summer of big investment in several key new signings, fans could be forgiven for expecting more to aim for by the end of January other than a comfortable mid-table position. Manager Marco Silva will now find himself under serious pressure to deliver a strong end to the PL campaign and take some momentum or signs of progress into the next one, otherwise he could find himself losing a job at a top flight team for the second consecutive year.

Crying out for goals, yet no signings so far for the Terriers

It’s quite easy to pick fun at Huddersfield’s goalscoring record this season, with just thirteen goals in twenty three league games to date. To put that into context, Mohamed Salah has sixteen league goals this season, three more than Huddersfield have mustered all campaign. Which makes it even more of a surprise they have done nothing at all to address the problem in the January transfer window, with no sign of any incoming signings with just a handful of days left before the window shuts, and probably with it their last chance of survival. Their lack of spending both in the summer and in this transfer window suggests the club is already making plans for being back in the Championship, and does not want to be burdened by a high wage bill or players they will have to offload if the inevitable does come to fruition.

Everton should be too strong

The feel-good factor appointing a new manager is usually followed a fairytale win in their first game, but in Huddersfield’s case the woeful state of their attack makes it difficult to see how they will score the one or two goals required to make that a reality. Everton, for all their flaws still have a relatively potent attack and will fancy being able to keep Huddersfield at arms length and pinch a result through the likes of Richarlison and the ever impressive Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Punter's Pick

Despite being inconsistent all season, it is hard to look past Everton at 19/20 with Ladbrokes, with Richarlison 4/1 to be first goalscorer with the same firm. Under 2.5 goals is 4/6 with Bet365, and given Huddersfield’s goalscoring record would not be a too unrealistic an outcome.

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