Watford have not won any of their last four Premier League matches although manager Marco Silva will probably be wondering just how his side did not come away from Selhurst Park with all three points on Tuesday evening after Crystal Palace staged a dramatic late comeback which turned the game on its head.
The Hornets looked as if they were home and hosed with just a handful of minutes remaining and even with Tom Cleverly sent off late on it looked as if they were going to be able to weather the storm even though they were a man short.
But Crystal Palace had other ideas and utilised that numerical supremacy to score twice in the dying minutes to score three vital points and leave Watford empty handed. This means from their last 12 points on offer they have only picked up a single point.
They fared no better at the weekend when they traveled to Turf Moor and were beaten by Burnley by a single goal, as the form of Sean Dyche’s men kicks up a gear it is fair to say that the opposite has happened to Watford and they will now look forward to playing on home soil once again.
Two road trips in the past seven days have proved fruitless but at least they can look to build on the point they earned against Tottenham at Vicarage Road a fortnight ago, even that game came with frustrations though as they failed to put a 10 man Spurs to the sword in the second half.
Today they go up against a Huddersfield side who have picked up just one win in their last six matches, that win was against Brighton last weekend and the win cannot be understated due to the fact that they have lost the other five matches in that half dozen run.
Had they not got the better of fellow promoted side Brighton then it would have seen them in the very precarious position of 17th in the Premier League table and also six straight defeats, but even though the victory over the Seagulls has offered them some breathing space they are still looking over their shoulder.
David Wagner‘s men currently find themselves 12th in the table but they are at something of a cross roads, they are four points behind Everton in 10th place but also four points ahead of West Brom in 17th while it is quite apparent which team they would choose to be closer to.
They failed to edge closer to Everton in midweek after they were soundly beaten by defending champions Chelsea on Tuesday night. Their second successive home game could not bring the same outcome as just a few days before as the Blues’ supporting cast of players scored three goals to wrap up the points at the John Smith’s Stadium.
A lack of goals is still a valid criticism for Huddersfield especially as they are now the joint second lowest goal scorers in the division with just 12 goals to their name after 17 games of the season, this is an average of just 0.70 goals per game.
Not only that though but their goals against column does not make for pretty reading either as they have conceded 29 goals at the other end. The thing that is ultimately keeping them above water is the fact that they either win or lose so the fact that they have won the most matches of all the teams in the bottom half is doing them a massive favour.
At the end of the day a win and a loss is better than two draws, you only have to look at West Brom as evidence of that. However I think today it will be Watford who return to winning ways and hand Huddersfield a second straight defeate in less than a week. Home win for me.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) December 15, 2017