Huddersfield’s form has like their league placing gone south with David Wagner’s men going through an alarming free fall at present, the Terriers have lost their last four outings in this division and they are looking nervously over their shoulder.
Today they play host to another team that was newly promoted last season but making more of a first of life in the top flight. That being Brighton although they themselves will be looking to put behind last week’s result at home to Liverpool, one that saw Jurgen Klopp’s men win 5-1 at The AMEX.
Huddersfield start the weekend in 16th and although they cannot slip in to the bottom three with a defeat this afternoon this is certainly a slide that their manager David Wagner is going to have to arrest soon, that said it’s not just him that will have to do some soul searching but the players will have to do so as well.
Those four defeats have seen them concede 13 goals and only score a solitary goal for their efforts, however when you dig even deeper that statistic makes for even worse reading due to the fact that Nicolas Otamendi was the player who actually scored the goal for Huddersfield.
So the goals have dried up, although it could be said that they were never really free flowing in the first place as they have only scored nine all season. An average of 0.6 goals per game and in addition to that they are leaking badly at the other end.
Last weekend it was a trip to Goodison Park which saw them have to deal with the new manager bounce that Sam Allardyce has given to Everton, the former England boss is adept at putting fires out at this time year and the Yorkshire outfit may well have on their own forming.
It is fair to say that Huddersfield could well be in for a bleak mid winter if their situation does not change very quickly. The same however cannot be said for Brighton who although they got a schooling at the hands of Liverpool last weekend have been good value for their current 12th place in the Premier League.
The situation was even better than that three weeks ago with them sitting comfortably in the top half but since then they have earned just two points from a possible twelve. That said they are still seven points clear of the drop zone and have a relatively comfortable buffer between them and arch rivals Crystal Palace in 18th.
They were soundly beaten by Liverpool last Saturday as they were dealt a lesson in counter attacking football, to be fair though the scoreline was somewhat harsh on the Seagulls as they had chances to get themselves in the game before it went far out of reach.
Glenn Murray was arguably the biggest culprit here as in addition to the first half chance he spurned it was the second half one which was even more guilt edged. The former Bournemouth forward must have though he scored only to see Simon Mignolet keep the ball out.
Not only that though but Liverpool then went straight down the other end and scored, within 15 seconds the game had been turned on its head. A harsh lesson that Chris Hughton’s men would have to have learned as when you don’t take your chances you will invariably get punished.
Can Brighton take their chances against a Huddersfield that are misfiring in all departments as of late, I think the Sussex based side will have the advantage simply because they have more of a goal threat and it is that which will give them all three points. An away win for me.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) December 8, 2017