- Venue: St. James Park
- Saturday, 23 Feb, 15:00
- Referee: Kevin Friend
Newcastle are one of the many teams enrolled in the relegation battle in the Premier League. Only three points separate the teams sitting at 13th and 17th. The Magpies are one point off the relegation zone, but they are by no means safe and need to collect as many points as they can to ensure their survival. They played a friendly against CSKA Moscow last week which finished 1-1, but the purpose of it was to get some players match fit.
Huddersfield look like a team that has already given up and is preparing for a season in the Championship. The Terriers are bottom last with only 11 points, and their chances of surviving are almost zero. Huddersfield have suffered defeat in twelve of their last thirteen games, with the only draw being against Cardiff. They also haven’t scored in their last three away matches, so things don’t look too optimistic before the visit to St. James Park.
|15 Dec 2018||Huddersfield 0:1 Newcastle||English Premier League|
|31 Mar 2018||Newcastle 1:0 Huddersfield||English Premier League|
|20 Aug 2017||Huddersfield 1:0 Newcastle||English Premier League|
|04 Mar 2017||Huddersfield 1:3 Newcastle||Championship|
|13 Aug 2016||Newcastle 1:2 Huddersfield||Championship|
Newcastle used the friendly against CSKA Moscow to improve the match fitness of players such as Mohamed Diame, Karl Darlow, Ki Sung-Yueng and Paul Dummett, all of whom returned from injuries. New January signing Miguel Almiron also took part in this fixture and will hope to make his full debut against Huddersfield. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey are the only doubts for this game.
Huddersfield have more injury concerns than their opponents. Chris Löwe and Jonas Lössl missed the last match against Arsenal, but that was almost two weeks ago, so they should be able to feature on Saturday. Karl Grant, who signed for Huddersfield in January, came as a sub and scored against Arsenal, so he will be hoping to make an impact from the start if he plays. Abdelhamid Sabiri, Danny Williams, and Isaac Mbenza are certainly out of the match due to injuries. Philip Billing didn’t play in the last round and could feature here from the start.
Even though Huddersfield may look demoralized, they are playing without pressure and are simply trying to give their best each match. This approach could cause some problems for Newcastle who aren’t known for scoring many goals. We saw less than 2.5 goals in the previous three games between these two opponents, however, I think that the odds given by the bookies aren’t very good. Still, if you’re looking for a safer pick, then you might as well go for under 2.5 goals. However, my recommendation here is to look for a Newcastle win at 6/7 if you bet at Betfair. If the home side wants to have a shot at saying up, then beating the worst team in the league should be a given.Prediction: Newcastle to win @ 6/7 at Betfair
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