The #BVGoldenGoal match this Sunday saw what many were expecting to be one of the most one-sided contests we've seen for the Golden Goal with league leaders Manchester City heading to newly promoted Huddersfield Town. Manchester City have won every single league game this season since their draw with Everton back in August and remain unbeaten in all competitions. The tenacious Terriers have performed better than many expected so far this season, but could they possibly get anything from their toughest test yet?

What were people predicting this week?

With many expecting City to get off the mark early, this match was the first in Golden Goal history where the 17th minute was NOT the most popular minute pick. This week, the 12th minute edged it out by less than 0.2b7f58c50f0e39ac2a}. The most popular correct score picks also didn't make happy reading for Huddersfield fans. The top 8 predictions were all for Man City wins, many of them by a heavy scoreline - indeed, the 2 most popular picks were Man City to win 3-0 and 4-0. The story was the same with the most popular goal scorers. It was no surprise to see Aguero and Jesus at the top of the picks, but you had to go all the way down to the 8th most popular pick to find a Huddersfield player - Aaron Mooy. In fact, Any Own Goal was a more popular pick than the Aussie.

The Match

So, everyone picking their Golden Goal predictions were expecting Man City to run rampant at The Kirklees. But Huddersfield set out their stall early and were not just going to roll over. The most popular minutes came and went and it was still 0-0. Huddersfield had their game plan down - defend like heroes and hope to catch City on the break. Indeed, they nearly had that opportunity when Otamendi made an error in the 31st minute, but Depoitre couldn't get the ball out from his feet and the moment was gone. City were piling on pressure, but their best chances looked to be from a long shot (which they have many capable of pulling off) or a dangerous set piece with the likes of Kompany always posing a danger. Aguero nipped between 2 defenders to find a through ball, but he miscued in the 35th minute and couldn't open the scoring. It was the same story minutes later for the in-form Raheem Sterling who skewed his shot wide from 12 yards. A dangerous cross came in on 41 from Aaron Mooy, but despite 3 players in the box, no one could find the finishing touch, Zanka skewing his header wide of the mark. It was an open game and you sensed the goal was coming. And, the goal was coming - but NOT for Manchester City. Huddersfield swung in a corner, it came off Otamendi's head and Huddersfield had the lead on the stroke of half-time. However, the lead didn't last. Just after the break Sterling won City and penalty and Aguero duly slotted home to level things up. That left just 8 people in with a chance of winning the Golden Goal. Despite many picking Any Own Goal, many missed out with the scoreline or picking the goal too early. If things stayed at 1-1, 2 people were taking home £12,500 each. A 3-1 win for City would mean a jackpot win for one lucky player. One more goal for Huddersfield and it would be a Golden Goal rollover for Man City v West Ham next week. In the 85th minute, a lucky bounce off Raheem Sterling's thigh saw the ball bounce in and break Huddersfield hearts. It also broke the hearts of the 2 people who had predicted any own goal in the 45th minute and 1-1 for their Golden Goal pick. As things stood, 3 people were splitting the £25k prize, as happened last week when Watford met West Ham.

The Golden Goal Result

There were chances at either end and the 5 minutes added time buoyed the home crowd whilst simultaneously terrifying the 3 people waiting on a 2-1 City result. However, the scoreline remained, meaning 3 lucky players were taking home £8,333.33 each. Next week's #BVGoldenGoal match features Manchester City again. This time, it's at The Etihad against a struggling West Ham side. That means we could see very similar predictions to what we saw this week. Early goals, a dominant City win and players split between Aguero and Jesus for the top 2 picks. Whatever you fancy, you can get your FREE prediction in right here.
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