Manchester City is a huge favorite to defeat Huddersfield Town on Sunday in a game that can be seen on NBCSN. City started defense of their Premier League title last week with an impressive 2-0 win at Arsenal, while Huddersfield Town was routed 3-0 by Chelsea.
It is hard to envision anything other than a win by City on Sunday, especially since this game is at home. Let’s look at the match and soccer predictions.
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Huddersfield vs. Manchester City
Date and Time:Sunday, August 19, 2018, 8:30 a.m. ET
Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Premier League Odds at BETCRIS:
Manchester City -1420
Huddersfield Town +3100
Total 3.5 under
Manchester City -2.5 -125
Huddersfield Town +2.5 +105
Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester City TV Coverage:NBCSN
It was not pretty for Huddersfield Town in their opener, as they were routed 3-0 at home by Chelsea. Huddersfield Town hasn’t won much anywhere in the Premier League, as they have just nine points in their last 36 home matches and they have not won on the road in their last six. Huddersfield Town has not won on the road since a 2-1 win at West Ham last season.
It won’t be easy for Huddersfield on Sunday, as City looks to be right back to where they left off last season. They rolled over Arsenal and many players believe they can be even better. Riyad Mahrez said that City can improve upon that performance. Whether they will be motivated to do so against a weaker team like Huddersfield Town is the question.
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If Huddersfield Town is to have a chance to make this game close on Sunday they need Steve Mounie to score. He hit the post in last week’s game against Chelsea, but he scored nine goals last season to lead Huddersfield Town. “I nearly scored but the post wasn’t on my side," Mounie said in the Huddersfield Examiner. “I hope I will score more goals in the next few games. I don’t have a target. I just try to score as many goals as possible to help the team.”
Mounie said that the team played well for a half against Chelsea. “I think we performed well in the first half, but we know when you face a team like Chelsea they are very clinical. You have to take your chances," he said, “However we have to keep working, and keep going. It’s only the first game and it was against a big opponent. Now we have to work again for next week. We know that this was only the first game and that there is a long way to go and it will be tough.” Mounie said the goal for this year is to stay in the Premier League. “The aim is to stay in the Premier League, we don’t expect anything else, the only thing is to stay in the Premier League for a third year. We know that this season will be tougher than the last, everyone knows that." he concluded.
These teams met twice last season and Huddersfield Town was very competitive, losing 2-1 and playing to a scoreless draw. The teams have actually played to three draws in three of their last five matches across all competitions. Only one of the five matches was non-competitive, as City won 5-1 in March of 2017.
Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester City Free Picks
The price on City is simply outrageous on the three-way line. I also think the price is too high on the goal line. Huddersfield has played City tough in the past and City would have to win this game by three goals to cover the goal line. I will take the 2.5 goals and go with Huddersfield Town in this one.
Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester City Pick:Huddersfield Town +2.5 goals
Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester City Score Prediction:Manchester City 3, Huddersfield Town 1
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