In a weekend of incredibly important results for the teams fighting at the bottom of the table, Huddersfield Town refused to be left out of the party.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Huddersfield Town
Venue: Amex Stadium
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Huddersfield Town are on the road for a second consecutive game, and once again they are up against a fellow Championship side from last year – this time the opponent is Brighton & Hove Albion.
Newcastle United were the deserved winners against their fellow Championship promotees Huddersfield Town, who won the reverse fixture by the same scoreline way back in August.
Huddersfield have displayed some admirable performances of late, with two wins in the last three games keeping them above the relegation zone, but the Terriers were all out of luck in their match to Swansea, which supplied some of the most dominating stats you’re likely to ever see in a football match.
Just about every team in the Premier League is involved in a battle of some kind, and it looks a long way before we will see such a thing as a “nothing game” in this year’s tight competition.
Huddersfield vs Bournemouth
K/O: 12:00 noon
Venue: John Smith’s Stadium
TV: BT Sport 1
Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth have been sliding in opposite directions along the relegation battle portion of the Premier League table. Before the new year, the Terriers were sitting triumphantly in 11th place, with Bournemouth three places below them.
If, at the start of 2016, you were to ask a Huddersfield fan where they saw their beloved team being in two years’ time, I doubt even the most biased supporter would answer with “sitting seventeenth in the Premier League and involved in an extremely tight relegation battle”.
With four defeats on the bounce, Watford F.C. are beginning to find themselves in a spot of bother, despite their strong start to the 2017/18 season. A few weeks ago, the Hornets were in touching distance of the top six, but a barren points haul in the first half of December has almost pushed them out of the top ten.
Sam Allardyce is known for his remarkable record of rehabilitating struggling “smaller” clubs in the Premier League by bringing them back to the safer positions of the table. West Ham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace are some of the latest clubs to have experienced the Big Sam effect.