Newcastle might have to show patience in their first home game of the new Championship season.
Newcastle v Huddersfield - Saturday 3pm
Huddersfield picked up just three points from a possible 54 against the top nine teams last season, so here's an early test of their credentials as widely-touted promotion dark horses under David Wagner. However, given the focus on officials in Newcastle’s opening game at Fulham, they might have to be markedly better than their hosts in order to take maximum points.
Wagner is evidently making positive strides and his heavy pressing game will undoubtedly benefit from a full pre-season. According to reports, the Terriers were excellent in the 2-1 opening-day win over Brentford but you’d back Benitez to have them well-researched and provide his players with suitable instructions.
So this one could be a slow burner. Newcastle might have lacked a cutting edge at Craven Cottage but, those two penalty claims aside, you can rest assured that conceding from a set piece was what irked Benitez most, so expect the Magpies to redouble their efforts in terms of defensive discipline.
As such, the Draw/Newcastle half-time/full-time bet at 4/1 is probably the way to go. Huddersfield might look like the better team for large chunks but with a capacity crowd intensifying any home forays into the penalty box, the visitors might also be the more likely to blink first.