Huddersfield v Bournemouth: Cherries the pick

Eddie Howe's men are on the rise
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There's a huge contrast in Premier League form ahead of Sunday's clash at the John Smith's Stadium and Bournemouth have to be the bet, says Dave Tindall...

"While I expect the visitors to return south with another three points, the stats suggest it won't be with a clean sheet. The Cherries have conceded in 15 of their last 16 games."

1pt Bournemouth to win and Both teams to Score at 4/1 (Sportsbook)

Huddersfield v Bournemouth
Sunday, 12:00 GMT
Live on BT Sport 1

Terriers have lost their bark

It's been a worrying slide for Huddersfield and since a 0-0 draw with Burnley in their final fixture of 2017, David Wagner's men haven't won a single point in 2018.

That's a run of five straight losses and while being scalped by Liverpool and Man Utd can be excused, it's less easy to brush away the defeats against Leicester, West Ham and Stoke which they lost by a combined 9-1.

At least they received a boost in midweek when getting the better of Birmingham in extra-time to run out 4-1 winners and book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

A negative spin would be that they were held 1-1 in the first match and by the same scoreline after 90 minutes in the replay. Birmingham are 19th in the Championship.

They start this game second from bottom.

Cherries on the charge

While Huddersfield's Premier League form has taken a nosedive, Bournemouth are on the up and up.

Starting with a 2-1 win over Everton on December 30, Eddie Howe's men have banked 14 points out of 18, a spurt of form that has seen them climb to ninth in the table.

Their last away trip resulted in a superb and deserved 3-0 win at Chelsea and goals are coming easily.

They've already beaten Huddersfield 4-0 this season and that after being reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half-time.

Bournemouth the bet

Current and head-to-head form suggests there can only be one favourite here and, quite correctly, the Bournemouth win is the shortest of the three outcomes at [2.48].

Huddersfield are [3.4] to get a much-needed victory while the Draw is [3.25].

Last time they met at the John Smith's Stadium? Another 4-0 win for Bournemouth on the opening day of the 2014/15 season in the Championship.

However, while I expect the visitors to return south with another three points, the stats suggest it won't be with a clean sheet.

The Cherries have conceded in 15 of their last 16 games and, although Huddersfield fire plenty of blanks, I'm happy to take the bigger odds on Bournemouth winning and Both teams to Sore at 4/1.

Count on Callum

Callum Wilson helped himself to a hat-trick in Bournemouth's 4-0 win over Huddersfield at the Goldsands Stadium and he's on a good run of late with four goals in his last eight starts.

Wilson has found the net in two of his last three road trips so the 7/4 for an anytime goal is worth a play.

Only Watford and Stoke have conceded more home goals than the men from West Yorkshire so Wilson can cash in on the leaky Huddersfield defence.

Ref watch

Northumberland-based Michael Oliver is the man in the middle for this Sunday showdown.

He's shown more yellows (102) and more reds (5) than any other ref this season although he's taken charge of the second most games (28).

Two of those red cards came in a Huddersfield game (4-1 win at Watford) when he sent off Jonathan Hogg.

Opta stat

David Wagner's side are starting a Premier League match in the relegation zone for the first time, having dropped into the bottom three following last week's defeat to Manchester United.


Dave Tindall's P/L, 2017/18

Staked: 83.00pts
Returned: 62.71pts
P/L: -20.29pts

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