Tottenham Hotspur head into this game with Huddersfield Town on the back of a fine win in the Champions League over Manchester City in midweek. Their Premier League form has been much less impressive in recent weeks, though, with their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend their first league win after a run of five games without a victory. They will want to claim three points against already relegated Huddersfield, as Spurs look to stave off the challenge of north London rivals Arsenal when it comes to a top-four finish.
For the Terriers, there is nothing left to play for beyond professional pride this season, and that might make the Yorkshire side dangerous. Now the pressure is off, they can express themselves. They have lost 18 of their last 20 Premier League matches, though, and nine of their last 10 away league games, so there is not much reason for optimism.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Huddersfield Town Prediction: Spurs 2-0 Terriers
Our prediction for this game is that Spurs will win it pretty comfortably, with 2-0 looking a likely scoreline. Huddersfield are playing away from home, and their home record has been appalling this season. They lack the ability to score goals, and have also conceded too many to ever really be in contention to stay in the top tier. Spurs have not been in great league form in recent weeks, but they beat Palace last weekend pretty convincingly. There may be some tired legs in the Spurs squad after the midweek exertions against City, which might keep the score down.
Our recommended tip: Spurs 2-0
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 11/2 on Spurs winning the game 2-0. The bookies have made Tottenham overwhelming favourites for this contest, so it is tricky finding any bets that can offer real value to punters. We suspect that backing a 2-0 win for the north Londoners will turn out to be a good bet. It offers decent value in terms of the odds, and also matches our prediction for the final score. While we think that Spurs will win comfortably, we also suspect that a bit of fatigue from their midweek exertions will prevent them running riot against the Terriers.
Spurs are unbeaten against Huddersfield in eight matches in all competitions, a run which stretches back to 1956. There have been three previous meetings in total in the Premier League, all of which have occurred over the last two seasons. The Terriers are yet to beat Spurs in the Premier League.
Tottenham have won all three of the Premier League meetings between the teams. Last season, they won 4-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium, before triumphing 2-0 at Wembley in the return match. Earlier this season at the John Smith’s in September, Spurs won 2-0 again.
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Players to watch: Christian Eriksen & Philip Billing
While much of the focus on Spurs is on their strike partnership of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen is the man who tops the club’s assist charts for the Premier League. The Dane has weighed in with 11 assists in the league in 29 appearances. As well as his assists, Eriksen has also scored six Premier League goals. Out of his 61 attempts on goal, 24 have been on target.
If Huddersfield are to get anything out of this game, they will need their defenders to be on top form. Their top tackler this season has been a Danish compatriot of Eriksen’s, in the shape of Philip Billing. Billing has made more tackles this season than any other player in the two squads for this game, with 74.He has also scored two goals in 27 Premier League appearances and has created one big chance for his team-mates.