Well, Manchester City are quite good aren’t they? Pep Guardiola isn’t messing around this season, as he looks to retain the Premier League title for the first time since 2009. After handily beating Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, City return to the Etihad to set their sights on Huddersfield.
The Terriers were comprehensively beaten 3-0 at home to Chelsea last week, and now face the even tougher task of trying to stop this rampant City side. A crumb of comfort for David Wagner will be Huddersfield’s performances against City last season; narrowly losing 2-1 at home before securing an incredible 0-0 draw at the Etihad towards the end of the campaign. He will believe his side have a chance to get something from the game, though it’ll be different this season.
The 0-0 draw was an anomaly in my book. City were preparing for their title celebrations while Huddersfield were desperately fighting for their lives. It was a freak result – if you can even call 0-0 a freak result, that’s how good City were last season – which I can’t see being replicated this time around.
Kevin De Bruyne’s injury is unfortunate, but City showed against Arsenal they have the ability to do the business without their Belgian wizard. I can’t see anything other than a comfortable Manchester City win here, particularly as it’s their first home game of the season. There’s little value in backing them to win, instead I’m backing City to win both halves, as Guardiola’s men run riot.
City will not want this one to be 0-0 for long. The longer Huddersfield frustrate City, the more restless the crowd become and the higher the chances of repeating the goalless draw of last season. If City fly out of the blocks and hurt the Terriers early, they know they’ll be able to pick them off and score a few more later on.
For the sake of the game I hope City do score early, otherwise we’ll be in for a defence v attack training drill, which is all well and good for the football purist, but it’s a spectacle we are seeing increasingly often in a league, where the gulf in quality between the top six and the rest is rapidly widening.
I’m not convinced about Ben Hamer – preferred in goal to last season’s number one Jonas Lossl – and he’s not a goalkeeper I can see making save-after-save against this City side. Zanka and Christopher Schindler in front of him are quality centre-backs, but they’re in for a tough afternoon.
City to lead after 15 minutes is a great value bet.
If their performance against Arsenal is anything to go by, City will be absolutely relentless against Huddersfield. The champions will not be keen to slip-up in their first home game, and that doesn’t bode well for the visitors.
Our final tip is a lovely, juicy outside shot. City to win 3-0 with Aguero scoring first gives you terrific odds.