BEN LEVENE (@BenLevene96) has scoured the markets ahead of Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off as Huddersfield host Tottenham.
Huddersfield v Tottenham | Saturday 30th September 2017, 12:30 | Sky Sports
Huddersfield made a flying start to life up a tier with two wins from their opening two games. Six games in and David Wagner’s side have proved a solid outfit having lost just once.
The Terriers are a tough-to-beat and defensively sound unit. Not in a Tony Pulis late 2000’s Stoke no-nonsense, body-on-the-line kind of way, but rather are organised in a European well-drilled style.
From what we know, Wagner is on top of everything and it’s been evident over the last 18-months that he has his side’s shape mapped out to a tee. Things from distances between players to the way they press as a unit are evidence of this.
Their well-organised nature can be illustrated through the four clean sheets they’ve kept so far this Premier League term.
Tottenham might well be happy they’re coming into another away fixture. Yet to win a home league game at Wembley, Spurs have won all three of their league away trips this season and followed that up with a win in Europe midweek courtesy of a Harry Kane hat-trick.
Spurs were 3-0 up at West Ham before it finished 3-2 thanks to a late Hammers bombardment. Serge Aurier was sent-off on that occasion so we can expect Kieran Trippier to come back in.
Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli missed Tueday’s game in Nicosia but are available again for selection this weekend. Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela remain out.
Spurs have been happy to concede possession at times on their travels this season and then penetrate quickly between the thirds, finding Eriksen in between the lines and Alli’s runs in behind. Their opener against West Ham perfectly epitomises this. Their second doesn’t do a bad job either.
Value in the corner markets
An interesting piece of betting value we can look at ahead of this Saturday can be found hidden in the corner markets. Huddersfield have had four or more corners in each of their three home games as well as in five or their six league games more generally.
In fact, they’ve actually won the corner count in all three of their home games this season and in five of their six league games too. Conversely, Spurs have conceded four or more corners in each of their three away matches so far this season and have lost the corner count in their most recent two travels.
Spurs conceded five corners in Cyprus on Tuesday too which only enhances any angle. Given Huddersfield operate with either Mounie or Depoitre up top, both of whom are back-to-goal target-men style strikers, we can expect Huddersfield to supply their fair share of crosses.
The Terriers rank fourth in the league this season for number of crosses and we can back this trend to continue by taking the 8/11 SkyBet offer on Huddersfield to win four or more corners.
If that price is too short for you, I wouldn’t put anyone off throwing some loose change at Huddersfield to have the most corners at a generous 24/5 with Marathon. If Spurs go ahead, they will invite Huddersfield on and look to hurt them on the counter.
Kane at the double
Harry Kane has only dealt in multiples this season, or this month to be more precise. The forward doesn’t score in August. After opening his account for the season with a brace for England,
Kane has scored three more braces as well as a hat-trick for Spurs, all his league goals have come away from home too. Kane has also hit the woodwork four times this season including twice last weekend.
As a Spurs fan I’m always worry of jinxing things so won’t be on it myself but we’d be silly not to keep the in-form man onside.
Kane is 23/10 with BoyleSports to score two or more.
Huddersfield v Tottenham – Huddersfield to win four or more corners (8/11 SkyBet)
Huddersfield v Tottenham – Harry Kane to score 2 or more goals (23/10 Boylesports)