Huddersfield Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019


John Smiths Stadium

Punter's Pick

Wolves are 4/5 to win with Bet365, which looks good value given Huddersfield’s woeful home form and Wolves’ current rich vein of form. Wolves to be winning at both halftime and full-time at 2/1 with Bet365 also warrants serious consideration. Betfair have in-form Raul Jimenez to score first at 5/1.

Embattled Huddersfield Town take on in-form Wolverhampton Wanderers, in what is likely to be another potentially long evening for the home team.

Terriers facing the inevitable, just pride left to play for?

With the small matter of fourteen points between Huddersfield and safety from the relegation places, and just 33 possible points left to play for, it seems just a matter of when, not if what date the home team will be going down on. Hardly a week passes without some unwanted Premier League record being on the horizon, and it seems they have nothing but pride left to play for.

This fixture throws up the prospect of more unwanted records – for example manager Jan Siewert could lose his first five matches in charge of the Terriers, a feat that would match Eric Black (Aston Villa) and Mick McCarthy (Sunderland). With a seven game losing run coming into this fixture, if they also lose this game they will also be closing in on the longest losing streaks in Premier League history. Currently only Wolves (nine in 2012) and Sunderland (twelve games over 2003 and 2005) have worse records. Clearly desperate times for the home team, but there appears little in recent performances to suggest they can stem the tide.

Wolves arrive in fine form

In contrast, the visitors arrive at the John Smith’s stadium off the back of another sequence of fine results, and will surely fancy their chances of picking up all three points. Wolves are undefeated in their last five league games, and also have a FA Cup Quarter Final to look forward to. Their impressive run has pushed Wolves into eighth position in the Premier League, and it would be a fantastic achievement for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men in their first season back in the top flight to finish in the top half. Level on points with seventh placed Watford, who face a tough away trip to Liverpool on Wednesday, Wolves are in pole position to be top of the mini league outside of the top six as the season enters the home straight.

Huddersfield’s record against Wolves a crumb of comfort

Huddersfield’s last three points in the league ironically came against Tuesday’s opponents, as they battled to a 2-0 win courtesy of two goals from Australian Aaron Mooy. That win represented the last time Huddersfield were able to move off the bottom of the table and outside the relegation places, with just one point in fourteen games since that success pushing them to the brink of relegation. Going back further Huddersfield have got the better of Wolves in recent times across the various divisions, winning eleven of the last fourteen games, the last four games all being won by the Terriers without Wolves registering a single goal.

Team News

Huddersfield will be without defender Tommy Smith, who begins a three-game ban following his red card in the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United. He will be joined on the sidelines by Adama Diakhaby who is out with a hamstring problem, will Isaac Mbenza, Danny Williams and Abdelhamid Sabiri also absent. In slightly better news Alex Pritchard is fit for a return and Eric Durm may also be available again.

Wolves by contrast have no fresh injury concerns, with Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho expected to be fit despite receive stitches for a face injury sustained against Bournemouth.

Wolves with too much quality

There is nothing to really suggest Huddersfield can turn around their current run of form, with a limp performance against Newcastle last time out suggesting there is still no light at the end of the tunnel. Against a slick and organised Wolves side looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games in the Premier League, they will as ever look to keep the scoreline respectable, but ultimately come away with nothing to show for their efforts again.

Punter's Pick

Wolves are 4/5 to win with Bet365, which looks good value given Huddersfield’s woeful home form and Wolves’ current rich vein of form. Wolves to be winning at both halftime and full-time at 2/1 with Bet365 also warrants serious consideration. Betfair have in-form Raul Jimenez to score first at 5/1.

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