Seventh plays host to sixth this afternoon and in fairness even the most dye in the wool fan of either club would have expected a start to the season which has been so good. That said a whole host of credit must go to both Burnley and Huddersfield for their respective performances in late summer.
Now we reach Autumn and this where the real work starts for both clubs. For Sean Dyche‘s men it will be the task of silencing the critics which have tipped the club to succumb to second season syndrome while for David Wagnher’s Huddersfield it will be attempting to beat the drop in their debut Premier League campaign.
Last weekend saw Burnley earn a point against Liverpool at Anfield. A draw which arguably saw the Clarets not pick up the respect they deserved as the focus lied more with the continual defensive frailties that seem to be plaguing Jurgen Klopp’s side as of late.
It was a third positive result against a ‘top six’ club this season as the draw on Merseyside was coupled with the opening weekend victory at Stamford Bridge and their dramatic draw at Wembley when they managed to earn a share of the points against Tottenham.
Their away form has been impressive where last season it was something that was only propped up by their incredible efforts at home. They may have only one once at home (albeit making just two appearances at Turf Moor) but Sean Dyche will arguably be more pleased with the points haul on the road.
Last week Huddersfield managed to bounce back after their first defeat of the season at the hands of West Ham. It was not perhaps the fully desired result as they had to make do with just a point at home to Leicester but with the Yorkshire outfit not meeting any of the big boys yet, it is all about making hay while the sun shines.
That ultimately is going to be the real acid test for the club as the fixture computer has been relatively kind to them in the first six weeks of the season but that means that the clashes against the teams at the top of the Premier League tree are just around the corner and a barren spell could very well be ahead of them.
That is why this game takes on extra significance as again it will give them the perfect opportunity to some more points in their account. That said it will also give an indication as to whether or not Burnley’s home form is once again going to be a jewel in the crown again.
A win here for the Clarets would see them pick up two home wins from three and see them leapfrog Huddersfield, they have flourished against the bigger teams but they are something resembling more a free hit this is where they need to win their bread and butter games to make sure life in the top flight is a comfortable existence.
There’s little to split these two teams as the league position will attest to but I think that it is the fact that Burnley are at home will give them the edge this afternoon. An important win for Burnley and a defeat that could be hard to swallow for Huddersfield.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) September 22, 2017