By Nathan Findlay –
Huddersfield Town will go head to head against Stoke City at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday the 30th of January 3 pm K.O.
The Terriers are currently sitting 14th in the table, a position which can be certainly improved on. Five losses in a row including their FA cup game against League One side Plymouth Argyle means Huddersfield desperately need a win.
Despite losing to Bristol City in the midweek, Huddersfield put up an outstanding performance. After Bristol’s Diedhiou bagged 2 goals in 5 minutes in the first half, the Terriers hit them hard but were unable to find the back of the net.
By the end of the game Huddersfield had 64% possession and an outstanding 26 goal attempts to Bristol Citys 4. Huddersfield did manage to grab a goal in the 59th minute, but that was not enough to bring the terriers any points back home.
It is clear that it’s not for lack of trying that Huddersfield can’t get a win, but the finishing touches are just not showing up for them. It is going to be a test for Town but if the win arrives, it is going to bring a lot towards the team.
Stoke are currently sitting 9th in the table. A better than average spot for them, but looking at their past games this season, many of their points have come from earlier games. Similar to Town, Stoke have not had a win in their past six championship games.
With both teams looking for that all-important win, it’s sure to be an intense contest. Whether or not we’ll get another seven-goal thriller like their last meeting, remains to be seen.
In that last game between the teams on the 21st of November 2020, Huddersfield, unfortunately, came away as the losing side, with their three goals to Stoke’s four. Once again the Terriers showed their fighting spirit with a total of 69% possession by the end of the game.
Pre-Match Press Conference
Huddersfield Town Manager Carlos Corberán discussed several topics during the pre-match press conference.
When asked whether he was happy with the signings made during the January transfer window, he said: “Yes, I am happy with the players we have signed. When one player gets injured we have to fill those positions if we don’t know when they are coming back.”
Speaking on the Bristol City result, he noted that: “There are a lot of things that we need to do better. From both the defensive side and the attacking side.”
Not looking to speculate on Danny Ward’s Injury he added that it’s looking likely to be the same process of recovery with maybe a little bit of a delay.
Looking at both teams results recently, it’s hard to say which team I think will come out with a win tomorrow.
Both teams will be hunting for a win and the stats that are coming out of the games are showing this clearly, but it might just come down to who wants it more.
The last time both teams played the game could have honestly gone either way at any minute. Game results that come in at 4-3 do not come around very often at all and it is just clear that both teams are very hungry for the win here.