So Waggers departs (by ‘mutual consent’ – LOL) and Mark Hudson steps up the podium. ‘I’ll have a bit of that’, he says. ‘What’s the next game?’. ‘City mate’. ‘Ah FFS!’
But sure it’s a free shot for the new gaffer, isn’t it? Relegation is inevitable. Get the players to show a bit of desire and hunger and you’ll be clapped off the pitch. Unless he takes a complete thumping, which is never good and also looking likely.
Coincidentally, Mark Hudson’s playing record in the nine Premier League games he togged out for reads exactly as Huddersfield’s record in their last nine – no wins, one draw and eight defeats. It’s meant to be.
Pep’s boys have netted 19 goals in their last three matches, which is one more than Huddersfield have scored in their last 36 matches in all comps. This game is clearly just about guessing how many they’ll put past the Terriers.
While Jesus is in a rich vein of form and Aguero has an impressive record against Huddersfield (6 goals in the last three) we’re going to avoid goalscoring markets and go with a WhatOddsPaddy special we like – Man City to score in both halves and Man City over 1.5 corners in each half @ 11/10. We just can’t see that not coming in.
Spurs’ defeat to Man United couldn’t have ended on a worse note with Tottenham fans having to watch King Harry hobble off the pitch, only then to hear the dreaded news that he’s expected back sometime in March.
The good news is that face the worst defensive side in the League on Sunday and should still have enough firepower to find the net even without Kane and Son. Fernando Llorente looks set to deputise and while some Spurs fans might roll their eyes, he’s still a World Cup winner and banged in a hattrick in the FA Cup there over Tranmere – I mean it could be worse.
On top of that, Dele Alli and Lamela should still enjoy playing off a target man, making runs beyond.
But let’s talk betting. This is still a London derby and going forward Fulham have looked dangerous. Andre Schurrle scored a worldie last weekend, Ryan Sessegnon gives them energy up and down the flanks and Aleksandar Mitrovic is a handful for any defender (or teammate).
The Serbian has scored in all three of his Premier League appearances against Spurs and could become the fourth player in the history of the competition to score in his first four against them joining legendary strikers Mark Bright, Ruud van Nistelrooy and eh, Obafemi Martins.
We think Spurs will get the job done. Their away form is solid, winning more than any other side this season but it won’t be easy. Spurs to win and both teams to score looks value to us @ 5/2.
Man City to score in both halves and Man City over 1.5 corners in each half @ 11/10
Spurs to win and both teams to score looks value to us @ 5/2.
*All prices correct at time of posting