Huddersfield vs Manchester City preview, betting tips and prediction: City to overpower plucky Terriers to continue great form
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Huddersfield will come into their home game with Manchester City this weekend with absolutely no fear, just as they have done with every other match in their maiden Premier League campaign. David Wagner’s side were viewed as the division’s minnows after promotion via the playoffs in the summer, but they currently sit comfortably in 10th on 15 points from 12 games. They also have previous against a side from Manchester, helping City a few weeks back by beating their neighbours and title rivals United 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium. Memories of a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup with Pep Guardiola’s side will also be in the mind. They would certainly take that result on Sunday.
As a result of the Terriers’ win over United, City are now eight points clear at the top of the Premier League having dropped just two points in the entire campaign so far. Guardiola’s principles are paying dividends despite a wave of criticism in the past. They look unstoppable now and they should find it easy to take the points from this one.
Huddersfield have been able to keep a steady pace in the Premier League this season despite their form dipping after a ferocious start. They have not won on the road since the opening day so have relied upon their home form to keep them challenging in the top half. For the most part, they have been competitive at the John Smith’s Stadium, with that win over Manchester United the highlight. But they are licking their wounds after a horrendous 4-0 defeat at a resurgent Bournemouth side last weekend.
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Manchester City’s form is as great as ever and it can’t be helped but to sound repetitive. Now 12 games into the season, they have dropped just two points and are already looking like Premier League champions. It will be tough to see them getting caught from this position, mainly because they have so many great attacking options. No matter what tactic Huddersfield attempt to play, City will have an answer; pundits are saying they are the best attacking team around at the moment and there is even talk of them emulating Arsenal and going the whole season unbeaten.
There are no fresh injury concerns for this game from a Huddersfield perspective, with only Phillip Billing missing with a serious ankle problem. Fullback Tommy Smith will be suspended, but David Wagner will have a strong selection at his disposal for this game.
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City do have doubts over John Stones but are otherwise okay. Sergio Aguero is likely to rotate with Gabriel Jesus up front and could start, with Guardiola blaming a formation change after Benjamin Mendy’s knee injury for not playing the pair together. Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling will continue out wide.