Huddersfield vs Newcastle preview, betting tips and predictions: Terriers favourites on home Premier League bow
Huddersfield to win and BTTS @ 4/1 with Betfair
Steve Mounie to score anytime @ 12/5 with Betfair
Newcastle to win 2-1 @ 11/1 with Betfair
Huddersfield are one of two Premier League debutants this season after they came up to the top division alongside Brighton and Sunday’s opponents Newcastle. Many have already written them off as relegation certainties, but close friend of Jurgen Klopp David Wagner has got them playing well, very much in the Liverpool style with a high press and good intensity. They were too strong for a Crystal Palace side still finding their feet under new boss Frank de Boer and will fancy their chances against Rafa Benitez’s depleted Magpies.
The visitors battled well against Tottenham but a red card for captain Jonjo Shelvey and injuries to defenders Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett meant they fell to a 2-0 defeat. Most impressive, particularly in the first half, was the shape they kept and that has been something Benitez has worked on during his entire reign, dating back to March 2016. Last season, in the Championship, Newcastle were best on the road because they were able to pick teams off on the counter attack, and with the signings of Christian Atsu permanently, Jacob Murphy and Joselu, suggest Benitez is looking to build on that.
Most worrying for Newcastle is Shelvey’s absence. As the main man in the team, he dictates the tempo for the team, and they have often struggled to replicate that. Benitez will hope Mikel Merino, a new signing from Borussia Dortmund, will be able to pick up that mantle for the next three games, starting at the John Smith Stadium.
If fit, Dwight Gayle will be a huge threat for the visitors and he is rather unfairly priced to score anytime at 6/1 with Betfair. He scored in this fixture last season, when Newcastle managed the game perfectly to win 3-1, and that is why we think there is good value in a 2-1 win for the Magpies at 11/1.
After netting a brace at Selhurst Park last week, it is easy to see why Steve Mounie will be a big threat up front for Huddersfield. Defensively, Newcastle struggle once that aforementioned shape is broken, and while Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba are both strong and quick, they will have their work cut out stopping this man.
The higher scoring the game is, the better chances of a Huddersfield win. Newcastle have options in attack, but could leave themselves exposed in defence and that could prove the difference.
Key battle: Aaron Mooy vs Isaac Hayden
In Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield will have a creative force Newcastle will be lacking, but he will have his work cut out against Isaac Hayden, who has become a big part of Benitez’s side. Energetic and intelligent, Hayden will help keep Newcastle’s shape and could be the man to stop Mooy dictating the play and supplying Mounie and Elias Kachunga in attack.
Breaking the lines Hayden will keep will be the first job for the hosts, and with Merino likely to partner the ex-Arsenal man it will likely to hard to break them down. But Hayden also likes to carry the ball forward, and while it is important Newcastle don’t get penned in against the Huddersfield press, they must be wary of giving Mooy any space in the middle.