Huddersfield (H) vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview

Huddersfield take on Tottenham at the John Smith’s Stadium this Saturday.

Coming off a hard 3-1 loss to Leicester, and still having not won a league game, Town’s spirits are bound to be low heading into a game against a side that will no doubt be in the Champions League places when the season ends in mid May.

Fans of the Terriers have had their say online and have not held back in their assessments of their side’s performance at the King Power Stadium last weekend, and last season overall.

One fan said:

“Here we go again. Missed chances, individual errors, manager comes out after each game with same response.”

Another was extremely blunt when giving their prediction for where they think the West Yorkshire side will finish.

“The table doesn’t lie, we will finish bottom by a country mile this season.

Someone else added:

“After last season’s great season we should have kicked on but apart from [Terence] Kongolo all the signings are worse than we already had.

“Buying potential instead of buying proven players will send us down and never to return in most of our lifetimes which is such a shame after all the hard work that’s got us to where we are.”

BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks also gave this preview ahead of the game with Leicester:

“Leicester look like a team again after disappointing results against Liverpool and Bournemouth.

“Do Leicester fans have any idea what team their manager is going to play from one week to the next, because I don’t have a clue.

“I wonder if Claude Puel tinkers with the team just to keep it interesting.

“As for Huddersfield, in the words of Dad’s Army’s Private Frazer – ‘we’re doomed’.”

It’s pretty clear what everyone thinks of Huddersfield at the moment.

What has been the best thing off the pitch so far for the Terriers this season is that they’ve been honest when asked where and how they think its going wrong for them.

Manager David Wagner has been really honest about where his side have been going wrong as he gave his thoughts after their last game:

“We really had our opportunities again today and you will not get more clear-cut chances as we got today when you play Leicester away.

“But we have to take the reality on board and the reality is that we lost today.

“We made too many big mistakes, especially before the goals, and we haven’t used our clear-cut chances.

“But we will continue because we know there is not a lot in between, but we have to make use everybody is aware that we can’t do as many big mistakes as we have done today.”

When asked about Town’s set plays, which have produced all three of their goals so far this season, Wagner added: “We’ve done a lot of work on set plays and we are successful at the minute.

“We look like a threat from set plays and we had another clear-cut chance from Lolo with this free header after a st play, but we had some decent situations in the open play as well.”

Town must find the balance between putting Spurs under pressure so that the visitors don’t get the upper hand but they must be wary of the skillful players that the Londoners have at their disposal, such as Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.

Whatever happens, it’s bound to be another hard day at the office for Wagner’s men.

 

Probable Huddersfield Starting XI: Jonas Lossl, Chris Loew, Terence Konogolo, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Jorgensen, Eric Drum, Rajiv van La Parra, Phillip Billing, Aaron Mooy, Elias Kachunga and Laurent Depoitre.

Substitutes: Ben Hamer, Tom Smith, Alex Pritchard, Daniel Williams, Isaac Mbenza, Adama Diakhaby and Ravij van La Parra.

Probable Tottenham Starting XI: GK: Paulo Gazzaniga, Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier, Mousa Dembélé, Eric Dier, Lucas Moura, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane.

Substitutes: Alfie Whiteman, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela and Delle Alli.

Prediction:  Huddersfield 0-3 Tottenham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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