Fri, Feb 16, 1:09am by Staff Writer
Despite the discrepancy in their Premier League standings, Huddersfield Town fans will be liking the Terriers’ chances against Manchester United in their FA Cup fifth-round match this weekend.
United’s hold on second place on the EPL table is looking precious after two losses in three matches, including a 1-0 loss to Newcastle last week.
And while 17th-placed Huddersfield lost to United in the Premier League last month, Aaron Mooy’s newly-promoted site has impressed in recent matches.
Since its 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford, the Terriers downed Birmingham 4-1 to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup followed by a 4-1 Premier League victory over Bournemouth.
United’s loss at Newcastle was another nail in the coffin of the once dominant side’s premiership ambitions, which look all but conceded to home-town rivals Manchester City.
Huddersfield’s win over Bournemouth, meanwhile, ended a five-match losing streak in the EPL and breathed fresh life in the side’s bid to avoid relegation.
The Terriers enjoyed perhaps their best result of their inaugural EPL season when they beat United 2-1 in October.
While Sportsbet is not tipping a repeat of that upset on Sunday, the $8.50 on offer for a Huddersfield win will be extremely tempting for keen watchers of the top-flight newcomers.
United is on predictable short odds at $1.36, with $4.50 for a draw.
City’s bid for a domestic double looks in strong shape with a lopsided encounter with third-tier Wigan on Tuesday.
City have lost just two EPL matches this season and trounced Basel 4-0 in the Champions League Round of 16 this week.
Wigan is in second place in League One, but has lost its last two matches and is given little chance of an upset against the league-leading City.
City is on just $1.14 to advance to the quarterfinals, with a whopping $19 for Wigan and $8 for a draw.
Defending EPL champion Chelsea’s best chance of winning a trophy this season lays with the FA Cup and Antonio Conte’s men will be eager to make Championship side Hull.
Chelsea rebounded from a shock 4-1 loss to Watford with a 3-0 victory over West Brom last week.
Hull, meanwhile, has been in uneven form, with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest the team’s first win in three matches.
At just $1.17, Chelsea is almost unbackable to win, with Hull on $17 to claim the points at Stanford Bridge and $7 for a draw.
Tottenham has been in fine form in recent weeks, moving to third spot on the EPL ladder, just one point behind Chelsea thanks to wins over Arsenal and United, and a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
After a 2-2 Champions League draw with Juventus this week, a match against third tier Rochdale should pose little obstacle.
Spurs are paying a miserly $1.14 to win their FA Cup encounter on Monday, with a massive $21 for a loss and $8 for a draw.
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