Town need strong finish to guarantee survival

Updated: Apr 30, 2019

Huddersfield Town currently sit 16th in the Premier League table with 31 points. With six games left, all that separates the Terriers from the drop zone is a narrow three-point gap. It’s going to be a nail-biting finish to the season.

Overall, Huddersfield’s time in the Premier League has been a mixed bag. The peak of the season arguably came with an emphatic 2-1 home win over Manchester United in October. The Terriers defied all odds with two first-half goals and a professional second-half display to defend the three points.

On the other end of the table, however, Huddersfield Town have struggled to contend with those closest in the table. Recent losses to Crystal Palace at home and Newcastle away have left the Terriers’ Premier League survival on a knife edge.

Manager David Wagner will have to have his tactics spot on for Huddersfield’s run in. With Chelsea, Arsenal and the de facto Premier League winners Manchester City still to be faced, Huddersfield will likely have to find their points elsewhere.

An away game to Brighton is by far the biggest fixture remaining for the Terriers. Brighton and Hove Albion were promoted at the same time as Huddersfield and are equally struggling for results. They currently sit 13th, three points ahead of Huddersfield. A win in Brighton wouldn’t guarantee survival but it is necessary given the difficulty of other fixtures.

Another important Premier League game on the horizon is the home tie with Watford. The Terriers put on quite a show at Vicarage Road back in December, winning 4-1. Watford, however, have made drastic improvements in the second half of the season. Since replacing their manager Marco Silva with Javi Gracia in January, Watford have risen to 11th in the table. This rise included a 4-1 home win over Chelsea. Hope still remains for Huddersfield in this fixture.

Given their higher point tally and a far easier Premier League run in, Watford will not view this away game to Huddersfield as importantly as the Terriers. Wagner will hope to catch the Hornets off-guard just as West Ham and AFC Bournemouth did in recent fixtures.

For Huddersfield to avoid the drop, fixtures outside of their control will also impact their chances. West Bromwich Albion are the only team pretty much guaranteed to be relegated. Sitting bottom of the table and ten points from safety, it would take a miracle for their season to be recovered.

The other two teams currently up for relegation are Stoke and Southampton. These also face teams in the top six in their final games but will be just desperate as the Terriers to avoid relegation. Their odds to be relegated are worse than Huddersfield’s with the Terriers currently 11/10 in the Championship betting with bet365.

Draws against the bigger teams and wins against their rivals should be enough to get Huddersfield across the line. Wagner must inspire his players to perform otherwise he risks condemning the Terriers to another season in the Championship.


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