Manchester United v Huddersfield: Mourinho's men to bounce back at Old Trafford

It could prove a fruitful afternoon for Alexis Sanchez
It could prove a fruitful afternoon for Alexis Sanchez
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Old Trafford will be the scene of a heavy defeat for Huddersfield Town on Saturday according to Paul Robinson, who predicts a big United win...

"The visitors have already conceded four goals or more and lost on their travels twice this season, and they were also recently beaten 4-1 by West Ham at the John Smith’s Stadium."

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Man United v Huddersfield
Saturday 3 February, 15:00 GMT


Opportunity knocks for Red Devils

The game was practically over after Christian Eriksen's goals 11 seconds into United's clash with Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday evening. United were never at the races against Spurs, but in their defence, Tottenham were excellent in all departments and even though both goals could have been avoided, the 2-0 scoreline was a fair reflection.

Jose Mourinho's side are now being pressured for second place as while Chelsea were beaten by Bournemouth, both Liverpool and Spurs closed the gap. Second to fifth are now covered by just five points, however with Liverpool and Spurs facing each other on Sunday, this is a good opportunity for United to re-establish their advantage.

I don't expect Mourinho to make wholesale changes to his team despite the loss and Alexis Sanchez will be aiming to score his first goal for the club. Marouane Fellaini suffered a knee injury in his substitute appearance on Wednesday, so he won't be available for selection - not that he was a likely starter anyway.

Relegation battle real for Huddersfield

The Terriers have dropped perilously close to the relegation zone following a run of four straight defeats. They haven't won in the league since a 4-1 success at Vicarage Road back in mid-December, and they have scored just one goal over the course of their last five league appearances.

A trip to Old Trafford isn't exactly the ideal fixture when you are just a single point above both Southampton and Swansea, but on the bright-side, they are only three points adrift of 11th place.

David Wagner's men were soundly beaten in front of their own fans by Liverpool on Tuesday evening, so it wouldn't surprise me if he decided to shake his starting XI up for this fixture. The emphasis will certainly be on defence as opposed to attack, and they can at least be inspired by the fact that they won the reverse fixture by two goals to one back in October.

Not if, but by how many, for United

The Match-Odds market doesn't make appealing reading unless you fancy an upset. An unlikely away win is trading at a massive [27.0], with the draw at [8.6]. I can't believe that many people will be seriously considering either option, but then I'm sure that Bournemouth were hardly a popular selection to win at Stamford Bridge.

Unfortunately, the pretty much nailed-on home win is a cramped [1.18], meaning that you make £0.18 for every £1 staked. It's hardly worth bothering at those kind of prices, but what other options are there when Opta is telling us that Huddersfield are without a win in their last seven Premier League games (three draws followed by four losses) and have enjoyed just two victories from their last 14 in the competition (D3 L9).

Add in the fact that the hosts have won nine of their dozen at home this term and there really is no value in opposing the heavy favourites.

A bet I do like though comes in the Correct Score Market as 'Any Other Home Win' is available to back at [3.0]. That basically means that United have to win the game and score at least four goals, which is something that they achieved in four of their nine Old Trafford victories.

The visitors have already conceded four goals or more and lost on their travels twice this season, and they were also recently beaten 4-1 by West Ham at the John Smith's Stadium.

Goals a given in this game

The Betfair layers are predicting goals when these two meet as Over 2.5 is [1.62] compared to Under 2.5 at [2.48]. I am of the opinion that Huddersfield won't score in this match.

Their recent goal-drought of one in five league games doesn't make great reading and United have kept clean sheets in nine of their dozen at home. I have already tipped a 4-0 or better win at [3.0], so I have no interest in backing Over 2.5 at almost half the price - even if I will be left frustrated if it finishes 3-0.

However if you are doing an Over/Under Acca, definitely go with the former as the Terriers could face a United backlash this Saturday.

Ref Watch

The man in the middle for this fixture is Stuart Attwell and in 19 appearances this season he has only sent one player off. He has also dished out 63 yellows at an average of 3.32 per 90 minutes, and he has shown five or more cards on five occasions.


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