Liverpool will face a Huddersfield Town team on Friday evening in dire straits and every pundit in the land will be tipping the Reds to secure the three points.
At some bookies, Jurgen Klopp’s men are 1/18 odds-on favourites for the win, with many not giving the Terriers any chance of getting a result.
Huddersfield record in the Premier League this season has been pretty shambolic with just 14 points from 35 matches played. They have won just once away from the John Smith’s Stadium, but this is where it gets interesting.
That win was an impressive 2-0 victory against Wolves at Molineux. During that game, they had 14 shots, had 57% possession and won 101 challenges, the second most away from home in the league this season, according to Wyscout.
We shouldn’t read too much into it as the result came under a different manager, David Wagner, with the team still harbouring hopes of staying up.
However, there has been a game more recently, under current boss Jan Siewert, where they put in an equally impressive performance but failed to get anything from the match.
Their 4-3 defeat to West Ham in March was an outlier in many respects. They only had 36% possession of the ball, but yet they managed to score three times; the highest number they had managed in a single league game all season.
It was a game where the shackles were clearly off will relegation all but confirmed, and that freedom led them to convert the chances that fell their way at the London Stadium.
Still, the ability to take opportunities has eluded this Huddersfield team for the majority of the season. Their expected goals total (xG) is 27.83 is nearly eight ahead of the 20 they’ve actually scored this campaign.
Through poor finishing, they have managed to squander a fair few gilt-edged chances and it has contributed to them having the worst scoring record in the league.
Defensively, they have been pretty decent on occasions, having prevented Liverpool and Arsenal from scoring more than one against them in past encounters this season. However, recently they have conceded five against Chelsea and four against Spurs.
The Terriers shouldn’t, therefore, be a potential banana skin for the Reds, but football can conjure up some strange results so let’s hope Liverpool keep up their guard at Anfield on Friday.