Huddersfield v Liverpool, Premier League

Liverpool are undefeated in the league this season, while the Terriers are yet to win a game.
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Kick Off 5:30 pm Saturday 20th October – Live on BT Sport 1.

Form:

The home side go into this match as one of three teams without a win in their opening eight Premier League fixtures this season.

Having been knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the first round against Stoke, they’ve not won a competitive match since a 1-0 Premier League victory over Watford in April.

Another defeat will see the already immense pressure continue to mount on David Wagner and his struggling side.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool had started their season strongly, but they have suffered a minor dip in form since their first defeat of the season in the Carabao Cup tie against Chelsea last month.

The Carabao Cup result was followed with two Premier League draws against Chelsea and Manchester City and a Champions League defeat to Napoli. However, they are still one of three sides unbeaten in the Premier League this season.

The head to head record does not bode well for Huddersfield. Both Premier League games last season ended with comfortable 3-0 wins for Liverpool. In fact, you would need to go back to 1959 for Huddersfield’s last taste of victory against Liverpool, a 1-0 win in the old Division Two.

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The Match:

There is a significant contrast between what both clubs will be aspiring to achieve this season. Liverpool will be confident that they have a team able to mount a serious title challenge. In contrast, Huddersfield are a team that will be hoping to maintain their Premier League status come the final whistle in May.

Huddersfield have started the season poorly and as previously stated are winless in their opening eight Premier League games. They also hold the league’s joint worst offensive and defensive record, who along with Cardiff have scored just four goals this season and have conceded 17 times.

Liverpool have started the season brightly, and they currently sit third in the league separated from the top only by goal difference. They share the joint best defensive record in the league conceding just three goals, while also recording five clean sheets along the way.

It has been eight games since Liverpool have conceded a goal against Huddersfield, a record spanning back 56 years. If you were judging the match result on the current form of the two sides, it would be hard to envisage anything else but another year being added to that statistic.

Liverpool have scored 15 league goals this season. An impressive statistic considering they have already played three of the Premier Leagues ‘big six’ teams.

It’s an ominous sign for a struggling Huddersfield side that enter the game in dire need of a change in fortune.

Team News:

Huddersfield will be without Terence Kongolo (hamstring), Tommy Smith (groin) and Danny Williams (knee).

Doubts persist regarding the fitness of Isaac Mbenza who is suffering from a knee complaint. Ramadan Sobhi and Philip Billing could feature.

Liverpool have concerns a number of injury concerns after the international break. Mo Salah (thigh), Sadio Mane (thumb) and Virgil van Dijk (rib) all have question marks over them while Naby Keita (hamstring) is ruled out.

James Milner remains doubtful owing to a hamstring strain. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) is still sidelined but Adam Lallana (groin) is fit again and available for selection.

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Verdict

Liverpool’s joint best defensive record and Huddersfield’s joint worst offensive and defensive record would suggest nothing else but a comfortable win for the away team, with another clean sheet recorded.

As a defender, Virgil van Dijk is no stranger to finding the net for the previous teams he has played for, scoring 31 club goals so far in his career.

The Dutchman recently scored against Germany during the International Break and will relish the opportunity to take advantage against a struggling Huddersfield defense.

According to Ronald Koeman and the Dutch medical team he should be fit to play for Liverpool after the International Break. If he does it would by no means be a surprise to see the towering centre-back register his first Premier League goal for the Merseyside club on Saturday evening.

Liverpool To Win To Nil -10/11

Virgil van Dijk Anytime – 8/1



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