Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Huddersfield Town v Manchester United

Premier League: Sun, 05/05  Stadium: John Smith’s Stadium

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United will be keen to not only win but also narrow the goal difference to the teams around them, so a win by three goals at 9/2 seems entirely plausible, especially given the generous defence they will be coming up against. Marcus Rashford has been misfiring in recent weeks but can get himself back into form against the bottom club – he is 7/2 to open the scoring, whilst strike partner Anthony Martial also looks good value at 5/4 to score anytime.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Relegated Huddersfield Town take on Champions League chasing Manchester United in their last Premier League home fixture of the season, and the home time will be keen to finish on a high.

Stuttering United seek strong finale

With just one win in their last seven games in all competitions, the optimism surrounding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as permanent manager as quickly given way to a dose of reality. Gone has the slick style that the Norwegian brought in at the beginning of this rein that quickly saw United rise up the league table, replaced with a more ponderous and laboured style of football more akin to earlier in the season under previous manager Jose Mourinho.

Whilst confidence may have ebbed away with United exiting both the FA Cup and Champions League in quick succession, a top four spot still seems within their grasp with all their nearest rivals failing to put together convincing runs. With Tottenham distracted with the Champions League and rapidly running out of playing personnel, both Arsenal and Chelsea have also chosen the same moment to go off the boil, opening the door for United to sneak a top four spot that recent form would barely merit or suggest feasible.

Huddersfield limping into the Championship

With just a solitary league win at the John Smith’s Stadium all season, there has been a scarcity of moments for Terrier’s fans to enjoy as their team limps back into the Championship. The concern for the club will be that their current squad as taken so much mental scarring in one of the worse campaigns ever witnessed in the Premier League era, it will be difficult for the club to come straight back up. Indeed it seems entirely feasible they may end up floundering in the Championship like so many recently relegated Premier League clubs have, with the likes of Swansea City and Stoke City relegated last season from the top flight failing to make any impression this campaign good examples.

More unwanted records looming for hosts

Huddersfield go into this fixture on the back of a eight game losing streak – one further defeat will set an unwanted club record of nine straight league defeats, a brutal reflection on the current state of the team and the gulf in quality to the other nineteen Premier League sides. A defeat would also represent a Premier League equalling 29th league loss in a single campaign, whilst a loss will also be their 15th home defeat of the season, another top flight record they would equal.

Also on the horizon is the prospect of becoming the first top flight side to not reach double figures for goals in a home season – their current tally stands at nine so far in this campaign.

Team News

Huddersfield forward Laurent Depoitre is in line to play a part for the first time in two months after recovering from a foot injury. Mathias Jorgensen is out because of illness but Aaron Mooy and Ben Hamer should be available for selection.

The Red Devils will be without Eric Bailly, whose season was ended by a knee injury sustained in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea last Sunday. United could have further problems in defence with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones carrying injuries, whilst Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard could also be unavailable.

Injury hit United should still have too much

Despite the potential absent of several key players, United will still bank on the fact have an abysmal home record and seem unlikely to be able to fashion any real quality to hurt them. Huddersfield for their part will want to end their two year stay in the Premier League with a result to remember, but unlike their 2-1 win over United at Old Trafford last season, those dizzying days seem a distant memory and another inevitable defeat lies in wait for them on Sunday.

United will be keen to not only win but also narrow the goal difference to the teams around them, so a win by three goals at 9/2 seems entirely plausible, especially given the generous defence they will be coming up against. Marcus Rashford has been misfiring in recent weeks but can get himself back into form against the bottom club – he is 7/2 to open the scoring, whilst strike partner Anthony Martial also looks good value at 5/4 to score anytime.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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