Huddersfield Preview (A) vs Burnley

Huddersfield travel to Turf Moor this Saturday to face Burnley, who are coming off a decent win away to Cardiff.

Key players such as Joe Hart and Johann Berg Gudmundsson have found form in recent games for Sean’s Dyche’s side, who had this to say after their victory in south Wales:

“A week ago there were a few stories knocking around. Now we’ve won two in a row – one at home, one away – and the stories change.

“There are a lot of things to be pleased with, particularly the three points. It was a mixed bag and in the first half Cardiff did so well, we couldn’t get a foothold into the game.

“Over a season you won’t dominate every week, you have to show a willingness to fight, a desire to win. There are no easy games against Neil Warnock sides and we knew that would be the case. Winning home and away changes the mentality… belief comes back into the group.”

They host The terriers in another must win game for the West Yorkshire side, who suffered another loss last weekend when they faced Tottenham at the John Smith’s Stadium and were undone by a Harry Kane brace.

Alex Pritchard had some thoughts on Town’s last game and the one that awaits them this weekend.

“It’s irrelevant (how well he played), we got no points again,” said Pritchard, who received a tremendous ovation when he was substituted six minutes from time.

“I know we were playing Tottenham at home, which is a really difficult game, but if you look at the whole match I thought we were really good.

“We will never give up,” said the former Norwich City player when asked if he had hope for the campaign.

“How long it takes, I don’t know, but hopefully next week we can get points on the board.

“We need to get our first win and we can kick on from there.”

Pritchard felt Spurs’ third-choice keeper Paulo Gazzaniga helped the visitors massively with some vital saves, adding: “We were unlucky.

“Lolo’s effort off the bar (Laurent Depoitre) almost went in, as did Chris Lowe’s shot, but the keeper made some really good saves as well.

“We pressed really hard, never gave up and went all the way to the whistle, but Harry Kane got two, and goals are crucial in football matches, they change games.”

He added:

“I think we pressed really well to force him into some mistakes, particularly kicking the ball out and things like that but, at the end of the day, he is paid to keep balls out of the net and he did that.

“I thought we worked hard, because it was difficult, but we did get chances and we did create chances.

“Obviously you can’t afford to give the ball away in the middle of the park against a team like them, with the players they’ve got, but I thought we worked really hard, forced corners and made them kick the ball out, getting into decent positions.”

David Wagner’s side will have to give their all in this game if they’re going to come away with anything.

That will be easier said than done as Burnley are no pushover but as everyone knows, nothing in Football is given for free.


Probable Burnley Starting XI: Joe Hart, Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, Aaron Lennon, Matej Vydra and Sam Vokes.


Substitutes: Tom Heaton, Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Defour, Phil Bardsley and Kevin Long.



Probable Huddersfield Starting XI: Jonas Lossl, Mathias Jorgensen, Christopher Schindler, Terence Kongolo, Erik Drum, Aaron Mooy, Jonathan Hogg, Phillip Billing, Chris Lowe, Alex Pritchard and Laurent Depoitre.


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


Prediction: 1-1.




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