Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 17th February 2018

Huddersfield’s reward for eventually seeing off Birmingham City in the last round is a home clash against one of the world’s biggest clubs, Manchester United. 

The Terriers secured a famous league victory over United earlier in the season and how their fans would love to complete a sensational home double over the Red Devils.

Top Tips

Under 2.5 goals @ evens

Man Utd to win to nil @ 11/10

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Huddersfield Form

Huddersfield ended a run of eight consecutive winless matches in the Premier League in some style last weekend. Up against a Bournemouth side who had recently beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Huddersfield showed no fear, running out as 4-1 winners. It was the perfect response from the Terriers and one which lifted them out of the drop zone. It marked their first home win since early December too and this will no doubt help their belief ahead of this match.

You may look at Huddersfield’s last FA Cup game and see that they won 4-1 but it would be wrong to think they breezed into the fifth round. When first taking on Birmingham the first time, there was nothing to separate them in what was a fairly entertaining draw. David Wagner named a slightly stronger side for the replay but once again, after 90 minutes, the scoreline was 1-1. Fatigue seemed to kick in for the Championship side by this point however which allowed Huddersfield to add a flattering three goals in extra time.

MatchDateScoreResult
Huddersfield v Bournemouth 11th February 2018 4-1 Win
Birmingham v Huddersfield 6th February 2018 4-1(aet) Win
Man Utd v Huddersfield 3rd February 2018 2-0 Loss

Man Utd Form

Two defeats from their last three matches is not something that will best please Jose Mourinho. The first defeat was the awful performance against Tottenham in which the Red Devils were played off the park at Wembley. Had it not been for some sloppy finishing, the margin of defeat could have been even greater than 2-0. The more recent loss would have hurt even more though, coming against a relegation threatened Newcastle side. The Toon Army were without a league home win since October yet managed to hold on for a shock result. After the game Mourinho said his side could have played for 10 hours and still not scored.

Victory against Huddersfield is sandwiched between these two Premier League defeats but even that game hardly filled the fans with much optimism. United created barely anything in the first half and it’s fair to say that it was a rather uninspired 2-0 win. January addition Alexis Sanchez was the liveliest man on the day but he was guilty of conceding possession on many occasions, something which is a frequent occurrence for him. This United attack is lacking the spark it had at the start of the season and Mourinho is in need of a quick solution.

MatchDateScoreResult
Newcastle v Man Utd 11th February 2018 1-0 Loss
Man Utd v Huddersfield 3rd February 2018 2-0 Win
Tottenham v Man Utd 31st January 2018 2-0 Loss

Head to Head Stats

Huddersfield’s victory against United in October was the first time the Terriers had triumphed over the Red Devils in 65 years.

MatchDateScoreResult
Man Utd v Huddersfield 3rd Feb 2018 2-0 Man Utd Win
Huddersfield v Man Utd 21st October 2017 2-1 Huddersfield Win
Man Utd v Huddersfield 11th March 1972 2-0 Man Utd Win

Injuries & Suspensions

Both sides face a long injury list here and Wagner will be particularly concerned to be without the services of the highly influential Aaron Mooy.

Huddersfield

  • Elias Kachunga - Damaged MCL rules him out until next month.
  • Jon Stankovic - Still recovering from serious ACL injury.
  • Aaron Mooy - Deep cut on knee suffered last weekend could rule him out for several weeks.
  • Laurent Depoitre - Belgian should be back after requiring stitches earlier in the month.
  • Tom Smith - Suffering from concussion so won’t be rushed back.
  • Chris Lowe - Fellow defender is also unlikely to play after picking up a knock.

Man Utd

  • Marouane Fellaini - Exact extent of injury unknown but will definitely not play here.
  • Marcus Rashford - Tweaked muscle is set to rule him out.
  • Ander Herrera - Spaniard has a similar issue and he too is very unlikely to be fit in time.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović - Back training but needs time to regain fitness.
  • Eric Bailly - In line to make his return next week.
  • Daley Blind - Ankle problem likely to keep him out once again.

Betting Tips

This competition is by far United’s best chance of some silverware this season and you can expect Jose Mourinho to go all out to try and get his side into the next round.

Under 2.5 goals

Despite their recent four goal haul against Bournemouth, Huddersfield are not a side you should back to score goals. In their six league games prior, the Terriers had scored just once and here they are facing the strongest defence in the English top-flight. United’s attack hasn’t been setting the world alight either lately so there doesn’t look being too many goals at the Kirklees Stadium.

Man Utd to win to nil

Out of the two strikeforces, it’s Huddersfield’s that is the weaker and they, like many other teams, may find it hard against such a well marshalled United backline. Given the way Mourinho’s men are playing of late, any victory is unlikely to be pretty but if they can see this tie out it should come with a clean sheet. Each of their last six victories in all competitions have been to nil.

Man Utd to win 1-0

United could only beat Huddersfield 2-0 when at Old Trafford and playing away from home will only make life harder. It’s tough to see them improving on that display especially after two away defeats so a narrow and scrappy 1-0 is worth backing at 5/1.

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