Sunday 12 May, kick-off 3pm
St Mary’s Stadium – Premier League
Huddersfield Town bring down the curtain on their stay in the top fight with a trip to Southampton in this Premier League preview. The Saints won’t be joining the Terriers in the Championship, after securing their own survival with games to spare.
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What’s the story with Southampton vs Huddersfield?
Is Southampton vs Huddersfield on TV? Unfortunately, the game’s not on TV in the UK.
What happened last time? Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings both scored in the first half to put Southampton 2-0 up at the break when the teams met at the John Smith’s Stadium just before Christmas. Philip Billing pulled one back for Huddersfield, before Michael Obafemi wrapped up a 3-1 win for the Saints with 20 minutes left.
What are the Southampton vs Huddersfield odds? Southampton are the 4/9 favourites in your Premier League predictions this weekend, while Huddersfield are priced at 15/2. The draw’s 4/1 with Betway, where you can collect a £30 free bet when you sign up here.
Remember that time…these teams were playing each other in the third tier at the start of the decade? Southampton won the most recent meeting before last season with a 4-1 League One victory back in December 2010.
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There’s no chance of Obafemi getting on the scoresheet in this Southampton v Huddersfield prediction, as he’s out injured. The Saints have problems at centre-back, with Jannik Vestergaard and Maya Yoshida both set to miss out. The latter’s been knocked sideways by a virus and hasn’t been able to train. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is also a doubt with a knock.
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Terriers boss Jan Siewert is also missing a defender through illness, with Mathias Jorgensen ruled out of your football predictions for today. Ben Hamer and Erik Durm are both out injured. Laurent Depoitre and Chris Lowe both face late fitness tests ahead of the game, with Siewert giving them every chance to prove their fitness.
Southampton vs Huddersfield prediction, preview and betting tips
Southampton come into this match looking to end a difficult season on a high. They should be doing better than the 16th place they find themselves in, although the last day of the season gives them the chance to climb a place. They could also drop one. Huddersfield meanwhile have lost 47 games in their two-year stay in the Premier League, and these football predictions are likely to deliver their 48th defeat before they head back to the Championship.
The Saints are the strong favourites to get the win in these Southampton v Huddersfield predictions, and they certainly have the players to do so. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were off the pace in their 3-0 defeat at West Ham last weekend, but they’ve got goals in them. They’ve shown that by putting three past both Bournemouth and Wolves in their last two home matches, while they beat Tottenham 2-1 in the game before.
Huddersfield brought an end to an eight-match losing run with their draw against Manchester United last weekend, ending the Red Devils’ top four hopes in the process. It’s been a tough campaign for the Terriers and their supporters, who will be missed in the top flight. They’ve just not scored enough goals though, and nowhere near enough to offset the 75 they’ve conceded. Those fans have only celebrated 21 goals all season, and the question is whether they’ll have any more to cheer before they drop out of the Premier League.
Unfortunately, we’re saying no in our Southampton vs Huddersfield betting tips for this Sunday’s final game of the season. We’re backing against both teams to score at 21/20 with Betfair. Both of the meetings between the sides last season finished in draws, but Southampton took the points earlier this term. They are 7/5 to do the same here while keeping a clean sheet.
As Huddersfield have lost 22 of their last 25 fixtures in all competitions, the home win looks like being one of the best football betting tips for this game at 4/9. The Terriers showed their character to claim a point against Man United, but this one’s away from home. The Premier League’s bottom club have conceded 44 goals in 18 away matches so far, at an average of 2.4 per game.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea account for 16 of those though. Take those games out and it’s 28 in 15, so we’re tipping Southampton for a 2-0 win at 7/1 in your football score predictions. If you add Shane Long to that as the first scorer, the odds rise to 28/1.
Southampton vs Huddersfield first goalscorer predictions
Long has netted in each of his last three home games. No Southampton player has scored in four home games in a row since James Beattie managed it over 16 years ago. The Irishman is 5/1 with bet365 to break the deadlock on Sunday. Danny Ings has had a stop-start season but he’s also worth a look in the first goalscorer odds. He’s 15/4 with the same bookmaker, and 25/1 to strike first in a 2-0 Saints win.
Southampton to win
Southampton to win to nil
Shane Long to score first
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A Wolves fan born in Northern Ireland, Harry has been writing about football and the sports betting market for a number of years. When he’s not going to Molineux or discussing the latest football betting odds with Tom and Dick, you’ll probably find Harry out on the tennis courts – as long as the sun is shining, of course.