By Ben Abel-Lockyer –
Huddersfield Town host Middlesbrough at the John Smith’s Stadium in the SkyBet Championship this Saturday. 3:00 pm kick-off.
The hosts have endured an awful campaign so far, combating survival under manager Neil Warnock as the end of the season comes within sight. However, the Terriers returned to winning ways in their last game thanks to Danny Ward’s second-half winner.
The blue and white cavalry are two points above Wigan Athletic, who sit at the foot of the championship standings. Huddersfield come into this encounter with just 36 points from 38 games.
Meanwhile, on the other foot, Middlesbrough has their sights set on a return to the Premier League, having pulled off a remarkable turnaround since the appointment of former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.
In form, Chuba Akpom got on the scoresheet in their last game, netting the opener in that match, and is deemed one of the ones to watch in this enticing encounter.
Behind the Scenes
As of this week, we know that Huddersfield Town has been taken over the club and sold to Kevin M. Nagle, an American businessman, subject to legislative and governance procedures.
He also owns the American club California-based Sacramento Republic FC, which plays in the second tier of US soccer.
It is also discovered, though, however, that to get this deal finalised, Dean Hoyle, ex-Huddersfield Town chairman, had to write off 40 million pounds Town allegedly owed him.
Whether the new owners will see Huddersfield playing in the championship next season is still debatable.
Despite the fresh impetus around the club this week and growing confidence within the camp, Huddersfield has only recently ended a 5-game winless streak. They have only just won one of their last six home games.
Town’s reverse fixture against the Boro occurred in October when they returned from that game with a point in a 0-0 draw at the Riverside stadium.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough has won the last three out of four and has lost just one in their previous ten matches. They are in a much better nick than their upcoming opponents and should be in for a more comfortable afternoon.
Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Middlesbrough