Huddersfield Town, which got promoted into the Premier League through the Championship’s play-off, will be hosting one of the title favorites in a lunch-time kick-off at John Smith’s Stadium. The newcomers know too well that the game will be tricky, but they’ll put sufficient effort to deny the North Londoners the maximum points at their backyard.

The Tottenham Hotspurs return to Premier League activities after making a midweek trip to Cyprus, where they managed to record a 0-3 victory over the hosts, APOEL Nicosia. The Spurs, which have finished in the top three of the league standings in the last two seasons, will be keen to make their way back to the familiar zone with the early kick-off game.

Should the Spurs win, they’ll be hoping that Chelsea – which will be playing later in the day – doesn’t win against Manchester City, so that they remain in position three.

Talking point

The hosts have not lost a home game since earning their promotion into Premier League, but they’ve failed to record any win in their last four games. Huddersfield Town would fancy inflicting a shocking, heavy defeat to the visitors the way they did in their opening fixture at Crystal Palace. Having earned a point at home against the immediate former Premier League champions (Leicester City), the hosts will head into the fixture in a high spirit of not disappointing the home fans.

The visitors are unbeaten in 26 of their last 29 league games, so they’ll be keen to elongate the impressive run as they push to dislodge the two Manchester teams that are already occupying the first two spots.

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The Spurs equaled a record they had set in season 1960/61 after their Champions League victory over APOEL Nicosia that ensured that the visitors had won six successive away games.

Whereas the last five matches that the hosts have played have ended with fewer than three goals, their opponent has recorded at least two goals away goals. Huddersfield Town will be trying hard not to lose at home for the first time in this season, while the Spurs will work hard to ensure that their impressive run continues.

Team news

David Wagner’s side will be going into this fixture with four players missing the game with injuries, but he’ll find solace on Steve Mounie, who might be in contention after recovering. Casey Palmer, Daniel Williams, Collin Quaner, and Jon Gorenc-Stankovic are the players who will automatically miss the fixture after also missing their away barren draw at Burnley.

With no suspension, the home manager is expected to field the same team that earned him a crucial away point at Turf Moor Stadium.

Laurent Depoitre, who already has a league goal, will lead the attack.

Mauricio Pochetino’s side will miss key players through injuries. The players include Erik Lamela, Danny Rose, Mousa Ndebele, and Victor Wanyama, while Serge Aurier – who was sent off in the Tottenham Hotspurs’ 3-2 wins over West Ham United – will serve his one-match ban. However, Pochetino will be glad to welcome back Delle Alli and Jan Vetongen, who were suspended for the Champions League win in Cyprus.

The visitors will incorporate the rested Delle Alli and Jan Vertongen back to the starting lineup, that Harry Kane will lead the hunt for goals.

Probable teams:

Huddersfield Town: 4-3-2-1 Jonas Loessl, Mathias Jorgensen, Chris Loewe, Christopher Schindler, Tom Smith, Jonathan Hogg, Aaron Mooy, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Elias Kachunga, Thomas Ince, and Laurent Depoitre.

Tottenham Hotspurs: 3-4-2-1 Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertongen, Davidson Sanchez, Toby Alderwiereld, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davis, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Delle Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Harry Kane.

Prediction

The Tottenham Hotspurs are the hot favorites to win the game, but it won’t be a walk in the park for the visitors against the side that hasn’t tasted defeat at their backyard. The hosts will have a slight advantage of playing against the team that was involved in an away midweek European competition. Harry Kane will be buoyed to perform after recording his season’s first hattrick in the Champions League game. I expect Tottenham Hotspurs to emerge the winner, but they won’t keep a clean sheet in a match that promises to produce more goals.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1-3 Tottenham Hotspurs