Preview - Everton vs Huddersfield 01 September 18

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Match Day 4
Everton vs Huddersfield
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Goodison Park

Last five matches form: D L D W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.16
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.53
Top Scorer 17/18: Oumar Niasse ( 8 )

Last five matches form: D L L L D
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.74
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.53
Top Scorer 17/18: Steve Mounié (7)

Everton play host to Huddersfield on Match Day 4 in the Premier League in a game most Toffees fans will be fully expecting them to win.

Everton's start to the season has been positive overall - indeed they arrive here unbeaten in three and averaging two goals per game. On the downside they have been plagued by disciplinary issues so far with two red cards in three games and are yet to keep a clean sheet.

Playing Chelsea and Manchester City in their first two games of the season was never going to be easy for Huddersfield, and they were duly thumped 3-0 and 6-1. Possibly more concerning than either of those displays though was their goalless draw at home to Cardiff last week in a game where they seriously struggled to create anything of note.

Everton's squad is starting to look a little stretched even at this early stage of the season. James McCarthy, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and André Gomes are all out injured whilst front man Richarlison is suspended following his senseless sending off last weekend.

Huddersfield are also hit by a suspension here, and like Everton's Richarlison, it was also for a headbutt that Jonathan Hogg received his marching orders last week.

Everton did the double over Huddersfield last season, winning 2-0 both home and away. They may just repeat that result here.

Prediction: Everton 2 - 0 Huddersfield


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  9 - 7
Shots on target: 1 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 58% - 42%

Stuart Atwell took the names of Mason Holgate, Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin for the home side, and Philip Billing, Florent Hadergjonaj and Mathias Jorgensen for the visitors.

Everton have been pretty good so far this season, raising the expectations of many fans of the Toffees. They weren't good today. In the end they were lucky to get anything at all against everyone's favourites for relegation, Huddersfield. The home side did have the majority of possession, but to register just the one shot on target in the game was a desperately poor showing, and on this evidence the sooner Richarlison is back in the side the better.

Having more than held their own in the opening stages of the game, Huddersfield stunned Goodison by taking the lead in the 34th minute. An in-swinging corner from the right being flicked on by some combination of Everton defender and Huddersfield attacker straight into the path of Philip Billing who wasted no time in nodding home from a few yards.

Having looked pretty solid throughout, Huddersfield managed to hang onto their lead for approximately two minutes. Lucas Digne finding space to cross from deep on the left-hand side and finding the head of Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the near post. Jonas Lossl getting a good hand to his low effort but being unable to keep it out. 1-1 at the interval.

And that's the way it stayed as a far calmer second half saw the game eventually peter out into a draw.

This is the first real big disappointment of the season for Everton. For Huddersfield though this arrests the slide and must be seen a positive result.

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