Huddersfield vs Southampton Preview
The EFL Championship is set to return from the last international break for 2023 and one match to look forward to is the clash between Huddersfield and Southampton on Saturday, November 25. The kick-off at John Smith’s Stadium is scheduled for 3 pm local time.
As you will see in our Huddersfield vs Southampton prediction, things are not looking good for the home side as they are going through a terrible run of form. The Saints were on and off at the start of the 2023/24 campaign but have improved significantly in recent months.
The Terriers have recorded a total of three wins this season, and two of them came before September 21 under then-coach Neil Warnock. With the appointment of Darren Moore, Huddersfield have recorded one win, four draws and four losses. The West Yorkshire club currently sits in 21st place in the EFL Championship, just one place above the relegation zone.
Huddersfield have the second-worst defence in the league with 28 conceded goals in 16 matches. Their attack, with just 14 scored goals, is also among the worst in the second flight. Thus, you can see why there is little hope for the hosts in our Huddersfield vs Southampton tips.
The visitors will be approaching the match on Saturday in good condition as they are unbeaten since September 30. In the meantime, the Saints have recorded six wins and two draws.
Southampton were the worst team in the Premier League last season and got demoted. However, they invited Russel Martin over the summer, the head coach’s ambition being instant promotion to the top flight. With the team in fourth place, those plans seem achievable.
But before going into our Huddersfield vs Southampton odds, we should remind ourselves that the Saints had a stretch of four consecutive losses back in September and have recently failed to win against relegation-threatened Rotherham United at home. You just never know when things could go south for Southampton.
Betting Tips Huddersfield vs Southampton
We cannot ignore the difference in form and class between the two teams when approaching our Huddersfield vs Southampton prediction. Thus, we expect Martin’s men to obtain victory on Saturday, with Bet365 giving 1.70 odds on it to happen.
Despite being downgraded over the summer, Southampton have managed to retain many of their key players. As such, the Saints have one of the best squads in the EFL Championship with many of them having Premier League experience.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, barely avoided relegation to League One in 2022/23 and did not make any significant transfers over the summer. It is no surprise that Darren Moore is having it tough at John Smith’s Stadium because, with all due respect, the Terriers barely have any big players on their team. We expect the gap between the two sides to be made apparent.
Adam Armstrong to score anytime
We have mentioned already in our Huddersfield vs Southampton odds that the hosts have a terrible defensive record. One player who will be especially happy to hear that is Adam Armstrong, Southampton’s main man in attack this campaign.
With nine strikes in 16 appearances, Armstrong is currently the second-best goalscorer in the 2023/24 EFL Championship. Blackburn Rovers’ forward Samie Szmodics is just one goal ahead of him, and the 26-year-old will certainly want to catch up with his Golden Boot competitor this weekend.
Armstrong can play both centrally and on the wing, so he is sure to have a place in the starting lineup against Huddersfield. He scored in the match against West Bromwich Albion right before the break and will look to continue the streak. Bet365 offers 2.40 odds on Adam Armstrong scoring anytime on Saturday.
Southampton to score in 1st half? Yes
It is difficult to predict how many goals there will be at John Smith’s Stadium because Southampton – despite their pressing-intensive and attack-oriented approach – do not score that much. What we do expect, though, is an early goal.
The Saints will certainly want the full three points on the road against Huddersfield. Another interesting aspect about the game, however, is that Martin Russel’s team can have a breather in the second half considering the Terrier’s abysmal attack.
So, we see it likely that Southampton will try to score early on and then control the match so as to save the gas in the tank. Since the next international break is only in March, the upcoming months will be very tiring for both teams.
Bet365 give 1.72 odds on Southampton scoring in the first half at Huddersfield. To back it up with stats, the Saints had scored at least once by the half time break four times in the last five matches.
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