Huddersfield v Bournemouth Betting Tips – 11th February 2018
Huddersfield’s recent form does not make for good reading. The Terriers’ slide down the table has taken them to 19th position following a run of eight games without a win and five straight defeats.
David Wagner will tell his players they should remain confident as things can change very quickly given the way the bottom half of the Premier League is set up.
Huddersfield are just three points away from 12th placed West Ham so there’s a chance for them to climb the table very quickly, starting with a win against Bournemouth on Sunday.
That win will not be easy for the Terriers however.
Bournemouth’s strong recent run of four wins and three draws from seven matches has taken them all the way to ninth. They may have dragged themselves away from the relegation zone but now is not the time for Eddie Howe’s men to take their foot off the gas.
The Cherries are the bookies’ favourites for Sunday’s match at the John Smith’s Stadium and we think they’ll be able to inflict yet more misery on Huddersfield, just like they did back in 2014.
Flying Bournemouth to Maintain the Pace
Eddie Howe has come in for his fair share of criticism this season.
That’s understandable given the competitiveness of the Premier League and the speed at which managers come under pressure but Howe has never lost confidence in his methods.
Even when Bournemouth fans were struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, Howe insisted that their best stuff was just around the corner and so it has proved.
The Cherries are defending well, they’re scoring plenty of goals and have taken the scalps of Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks.
FULL-TIME Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth— Premier League (@premierleague) January 31, 2018
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Huddersfield, on the other hand, look every inch a team who have been found out at this level.
Howe will doubtless feel sympathy for David Wagner but there is no room for emotion in the cut throat world of the Premier League.
Bournemouth will exploit any sign of weakness in the Huddersfield ranks and should pick up another three points at 7/5 with William Hill.
More Attacking Frustration in Store for Huddersfield
Sam Allardyce was recently the subject of much ridicule for claiming that stopping goals is relatively easy just before his Everton team conceded five against Arsenal.
The point Allardyce was making though, is that it’s easier to keep goals out than it is to score them at the top level. While Huddersfield’s defence has been anything but watertight lately, they’ve certainly struggled big time in front of goal.
Wagner’s men have managed just one goal in six games. No team has scored fewer goals than the Terriers which makes a bet on a Bournemouth clean sheet look well priced at 9/5 with Betfair.
Although Bournemouth have been playing very well of late, Howe knows now to take any team for granted in this division.
There’s every chance that the Cherries will look to keep things tight in the early stages before opening up in the second half.
That makes a bet on the draw/Bournemouth selection in Betfred’s half time/fill time market look well worth taking at 5/1.
Stanislas Making Up for Lost Time
Like many of this current Bournemouth squad, Junior Stanislas won promotion with the Cherries back in 2015.
The 28-year-old came through the youth ranks at West Ham has done incredibly well to forge a career in the Premier League after being discarded by the Irons under the management of Sam Allardyce.
He’s also done well on his return to the first team following an injury that troubled him for much of this current season.
Stanislas played a starring role against Chelsea and could grab his third league goal of the campaign on Sunday at 18/5 with 888Sport.