Welcome to my EPL Draw value soccer picks, where I’ll be looking to exploit the bookies with value plays for our readers. Monday night brings us the next pick which features Huddersfield Town playing host to Fulham with both teams languishing near the foot of the Premier League — Kickoff: 1600hrs (EST)
Huddersfield Town slumped to a fifth defeat in six matches last weekend when they suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat away at Watford which has now left them bottom of the Premier League with just three points.
Losses to Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Watford have been damaging results for David Wagner’s side and there appears to be no respite for the west Yorkshire outfit as we head into November.
It’s been a wretched second season in the English top flight so far for Huddersfield as they’re still without a league win this term having lost 7 of their first 10 matches of the season to date.
To make matters worse, Huddersfield have managed to scrape up just 4 goals so far in this campaign, all of which have come on their travels.
Home Form & Team News
Needless to say, things are looking bleak for the hosts as they prepare for the visit of fellow strugglers, Fulham, at the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday night as the hosts not only seek their first league win of the season, but also their first goal on home turf!
Huddersfield possess a poor record at home which stands at 0-1-4 0/7 and I do wonder how long the club’s board will tolerate the poor start made by the hosts this term – a lot of managers have been sacked for less in the top flight!
Defeats to Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Liverpool mean they’ve faced three of the top six clubs at home already, so a fixture with Fulham may give them a chance of at least a point here this evening. They grabbed a point in a 0-0 draw with Cardiff City earlier in the season.
David Wagner welcomes back midfield pair Ramadan Sobhi and Rajiv van La Parra having both recovered from illness, but Daniel Williams is sidelined.
Fulham make their way up to west Yorkshire for their important Monday night fixture in what could be dubbed an early relegation battle as the visitors sit third from bottom in the Premier League with just 5 points to their name.
The London club suffered a fourth defeat on the trot last weekend when they lost 3-0 at home to Bournemouth, a result that was further compounded by the dismissal of midfielder Kevin McDonald for a second bookable offence.
Previous defeats to Everton 3-0 away, Arsenal 5-1 at home and a 4-2 loss away at strugglers, Cardiff City means that Slavia Jokanovic’s side remain in the relegation zone ahead of their trip to Huddersfield.
Fulham have managed to record one league win so far this season though, but that was at their Craven Cottage where they beat Burnley 4-2 earlier in the season, and the rot has well and truly set in since then.
The London club’s major concern is the amount of goals that they’ve conceded so far this season – a total of 28 goals from their first 10 matches of the term has also coincided with the fact that Fulham have failed to keep a single clean sheet in this campaign.
Away Form & Team News
It goes without saying that Fulham also possess a poor away record which stands at 0-1-4 5/15 as they’ve also conceded the most away goals in the division this campaign to date as well.
Defeats at Tottenham, Manchester City, Everton and Cardiff City, the latter being a particularly tough defeat to take considering Cardiff’s plight, has resulted in Fulham becoming early candidates for relegation this season.
A point in a 2-2 draw away at Brighton has been Fulham’s only respite on the road this season, but the bigger picture tells us that the visitors’ problems extend way beyond this term as they’ve managed just one away win from their last 15 matches on their travels in the top flight.
Defender Joe Bryan is Slavia Jokanovic’s only absentee ahead of this crucial fixture, and the Fulham manager may shuffle his defensive pack to accommodate both Alfie Mawson and Maxime Le Marchand as he awaits confirmation of whether Tim Ream passes a fitness test.
Monday night is also November 5th, a date that is celebrated in England with firework displays across the country, but the prospect of fireworks between these two teams at the John Smith’s Stadium looks distinctly improbable.
I’m expecting a tight, nervy affair here with both teams cancelling each other out, so the draw appeals here.
The Bet: Draw +210 SportsBetting.ag