By Nathan Findlay –
Huddersfield Town will host Wycombe Wanderers in the Championship at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday 13th February. 3 pm K.O.
The Terriers are currently sitting 17th in the table, 5 points away from the relegation zone, which is certainly not a place that they will want to be at the end of the season.
having still not managed to bag a win in 2021, Huddersfield are in desperate need of a positive result. Their last three points coming in against Blackburn on the 29th of December
Wycombe Wanderers are sitting in 24th place, rock bottom of the championship. The Blues need as many points as possible if they are to have any chance of staying in the championship by the end of the season.
It’s only been a couple of months since the last time Huddersfield and Wycombe met, with the game in late November ending in a goalless draw. The game was even throughout, with both teams having 9 goal attempts, but Huddersfield did slightly take the lead on the possession coming in with a total of 65% by the end of the game.
Ones to Watch
Although Akinfenwa has had a disappointing season so far, I still think that he has great potential to make an impact in any game he starts. Last season the striker managed netted 10 goals which was nearly one in three for him. Despite his lacklustre contribution so far this year, Akinfenwa is still one of the strongest players in the Championship. With a team being able to have this power upfront he will remain a threat that Huddersfield will need to watch for.
Pre-Match Press Conference
Speaking to the media ahead of the game Manager Carlos Corberán touched on a few key details.
After suffering an injury in a prior game, Corberán noted that Danny Ward injury time has been extended by one week, saying that he has spoken to the medical staff and he is still feeling some pain.
It’s no secret that the Terriers have had a tough time of things lately. In regards to a question about potential a relegation threat, Corberán said: “We are going to take it game by game and try our best to get the points we need.”
The manager also acknowledged the challenges that Huddersfield might face against Wycombe. He said: “[Its] difficult to play high press against a team like Wycombe, they have the advantage with the pace on their wings.”
When making these predictions I tend to look at a tally of different aspects of Huddersfield’s overall performance, from available players to previous results. Despite the last result against Wycombe ending in a pretty miserable goalless draw, I think based on the Terriers’ overall performance I’m going to put the result in their favour.
Looking at the team that Huddersfield has available for the weekend, I do feel that they will be able to take the edge on Wycombe and get the win.
Having heard the manager in the pre-match press conference, I have the confidence that he will do what needs to be done to guide Huddersfield to victory. As a player, if your manager is confident, it helps you feel confident.
An ever-present feeling for the players also is wanting to bag their first big win of the year. Incentives like that only build up over time.