Huddersfield suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Preston in the pair’s Capital One Cup tie on Monday but Terriers were without Jordan Rhodes who was on international duty and serious business really starts tonight as Simon Grayson’s men kick off their Championship campaign with a trip to Cardiff.
The Bluebirds are one of the promotion favourites and also enjoy home advantage meaning that they will kick-off as favourites at 17/20 via BetVictor while Town are bet365’s 7/2 outsiders and it’s 13/5 courtesy of Stan James to finish all square in South Wales, where William Hill post 13/2 against it finishing one-apiece.
The stalemate is likely to be popular as to neutrals an obvious winner might not jump from the page given that Huddersfield are an unknown quantity at this level. However, aiming to be the division’s surprise package this term, the Terriers could fly out of the blocks and they’re actually decent value to stun the hosts, bet365 pricing them at a generous 6/1 to shade it by a one-goal margin.
More specifically, it’s 12/1 (Ladbrokes) for Grayson’s troops to grab the game’s only goal, BetVictor offer 17/2 for Town to pick up all three points despite a drawn first period and the undecided can hedge their bets a touch by backing the Terriers at 9/4 in bet365’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
It could be a tight affair at the Cardiff City Stadium and punters could cash in by backing Stan James’ 20/21 for the contest to produce fewer than three goals or BetVictor’s 39/40 for the opening goal to be struck later than the 27th minute.
Jordan Rhodes meanwhile, will be on a high following his first international goal on Wednesday and if he is considered fit enough to feature he’ll surely attract cash at 13/2 (Stan James) to break the deadlock. The Scotland striker is also available at 7/4 with Skybet to score at any stage.