Key Stat: Manchester City have failed to take the lead in any of their four recent matches against Huddersfield Town, but they did come from behind to win two of those.
Expert Verdict: Manchester City have brushed aside Chelsea and Arsenal already this season but Huddersfield pose a different type of challenge – they put everyone behind the ball in both league games against City last season, and the key will be whether Pep Guardiola’s side can find an early way through that stubborn defence. On the evidence of the performances so far, however, once they do they should win comfortably.
Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town Prediction & Betting Tips
Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town Head-to-Head Stats
Manchester City have won 26 of their 78 previous games against Huddersfield, while the Terriers have won 22. One of City’s 26 wins includes their club-record 10-1 win back in 1987, however. More recently, they met in the FA Cup in 2017 – a goalless draw at Huddersfield followed by a 5-1 City win in the replay – before their first Premier League meetings last year. City won 2-1 thanks to Sergio Aguero’s penalty and Raheem Sterling’s late winner at the John Smith’s Stadium, while their last meeting at the Etihad finished in a goalless draw.
MCFC vs HTAFC Betting Tips
Manchester City have looked ominously impressive so far this season without even being at their best, sweeping Chelsea and Arsenal aside in their first two competitive matches.
Huddersfield pose a different kind of problem, however, and one City could not answer at home last season – how to break a team down when they are packing the defence.
With Kevin de Bruyne out injured, one of their best players in that regard is missing and David Silva is yet to return to match action either – another who can unlock a stubborn defence with a moment of brilliance.
That said, City’s strength in depth is hardly lacking. Neither De Bruyne nor David Silva have started a game so far this season and yet they have won comfortably twice – Bernardo Silva in particular impressing.
With Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero in the goals in front of him, and Benjamin Mendy bombing forward to create chances from the wing, City have plenty of options.
An early goal will be key – they have failed to take the lead in any of their four matches against Huddersfield since 2017 – and if they can manage that, more could follow (as Chelsea did in Huddersfield’s opening game).
City are big favourites to win this one, and the only thing counting against them will be Huddersfield’s stubborn defence. Once they find a way through, as they really should, this should be a third consecutive win.
Man City vs Huddersfield Recommended bets with odds
You will not find a good price on City to beat Huddersfield, such is the expected dominance of Pep Guardiola’s side. Betfair’s 1/10 is the best price on City to win.
That can be improved, however. City have won both games so far this season to nil, and Huddersfield’s tactics in the last two games between these two suggest they will offer little going forward. City to win to nil again is 4/7 with Betway. A City clean sheet is 8/13 with Betfair, however – a surprisingly better price and worth backing. Betting against BTTS is a best price of 3/5 with Betfair.
Chelsea put three past Huddersfield last week, while City scored two against both Chelsea and Arsenal without being at their best. More match sharpness will only improve their attacking play.
Over 2.5 goals will return just 1/3 with Bet365, but over 3.5 goals at 9/10 with Betfair could be tempting. Only one of the last four games between these two have seen City score over 3.5 goals, however.
A City win and over 2.5 goals is 4/11 with Betway, while a City win and over 3.5 goals is a best price of 10/11 with Betfair.
As for those goals, Sergio Aguero is just 6/13 to score at any time, while Raheem Sterling is 11/12 – both with 888sport. This could be a good chance for Riyad Mahrez to open his City account, meanwhile – he is 8/5 to score at any time.
Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town Prediction
Manchester City could not find a way through Huddersfield’s stubborn defence at the Etihad last season, but it would be a huge surprise if lightning were to strike twice.