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.
Both teams have impressed greatly in their first ever Premier League seasons, but neither are safe from relegation just yet. Although Huddersfield may look the more likely side of the two to face the drop, three points would bring them level on points with Albion, and both have an extremely difficult set of games to end their seasons with.Embed from Getty Images
So, this particular game is a must-win for both teams, who have the mutual need to secure an adequate points-tally before they take on the big boys. Currently, Huddersfield sit three points above the drop zone, in 16th with 31 points while Brighton, with an extra game in hand, are in 13th with 34 points.
The two clubs have both been struggling to get the ball in the net in recent matches. You get the feeling that it will be up to the strikers to pull something out of the bag on the day, and hopefully get their team the victory. Brighton’s and Huddersfield’s respective top scorers, Glen Murray and Steve Mounié, have rather lost their goalscoring edge of late, and they may be required to rekindle the fire on Saturday.Embed from Getty Images
If Brighton win this game, they will be leaving Huddersfield for dead. If Huddersfield grab the victory, they will be dragging Brighton into the fight with them. Everything is set for an incredibly exciting and important game of football on the south coast.
A hamstring injury means that Brighton’s Dale Stephens may have to sit out of this match, while Anthony Knockaert will be a definite absentee, completing his three-match ban following a red card against Everton last month.Embed from Getty Images
The news that Elias Kachunga will join Danny Williams and Michael Hefele in missing the rest of the season will certainly put Terrier fans on edge. Other than that though, Huddersfield should have their full complement.
Predicted Starting XI’s
Brighton: Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Proepper, March, Locadia, Gross, Izquierdo, Murray
Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Schindler, Joergensen, Malone, Mooy, Hogg, van La Parra, Pritchard, Quaner, Mounié
Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Huddersfield Town 0
The more you look at the two teams, the more you realise that they are in fairly similar situations, despite being three league places apart. Although both have been through a poor run of form lately, you have to say that Brighton look much the likelier side to win this game.
Written by Harry Mahon.
Huddersfield Town correspondent and analysis writer for 90MAAT. Student at Loughborough University. A proud Spurs fan becoming too passionate about Huddersfield staying up. @mahon_harry