Title-chasing Liverpool welcome Huddersfield to Anfield in the 36th round of the Premier League (PL). Huddersfield’s run of seven straight defeats is almost as long as the home side’s run of nine straight victories (in all competitions).
Indeed, Liverpool set a new personal best by climbing to 88 points (W27, D7, L1) last round, but are probably going to need to win their final three matches to have any chance of the title. But on a run of five successive PL home wins, four of those with a 2+ goal margin, the hosts will feel confident here.
Overall, it has taken second-half goals to secure Liverpool’s last five PL wins, and they’ve scored the last goal in five straight home matches. Also starting well, the ‘Reds’ have been in front at half-time in 18 PL matches so far this season (51.43%) – converting every one of those into full-time wins.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, need one point from their last three matches to better Sunderland’s 15 points from the 2005/06 season – the second worst points tally in PL history. Without a win in 11 PL away matches (D1, L10), they’ve also failed to score in eight of those.
It’s one win and twelve defeats for the ‘Terriers’ since their managerial change. They’ve conceded two goals or more in ten of those matches, and conceded in both halves in seven.
Players to watch: Sadio Mané (LIV) has six goals in his last ten competitive matches. Juninho Bacuna, meanwhile, has lost all 13 PL games where he has started for Huddersfield this season – a league record.
Stat attack: Teams entering a round in the top six have so far this season have won ALL 33 matches against teams occupying the relegation zone – a PL record.
Liverpool have won all three H2Hs since Huddersfield were promoted, without conceding a goal.
Huddersfield have been awarded as many or more yellow cards than their opponents in eight straight PL matches.
Will not play
(Lacking Match Fitness)
Referee: Friend K. (Eng),
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)