Huddersfield coach David Wagner will be looking to continue his side’s fine form against Brighton at the John Smith’s Stadium this Saturday afternoon.
The West Yorkshire side played their best game of the season, even if Wagner doesn’t personally think it was, when they beat Wolverhampton 2-0 at the Molineux Stadium thanks to a Aaron Mooy brace.
“It lifts the confidence and their mood,” Wagner said after the game.
“Away wins are always very important in the Premier League and now we have the first one we have to try and surf on this wave we have created.
“The players have shown better performances – or at least comparable performances – this season but they have not got the rewards.”
The win was the terriers second in three games, after beating Fulham 1-0 on 5th November and drawing 1-1 with West Ham before the start of the international break.
The midfield trio of Phillip Billing, Aaron Mooy and captain Johnathan Hogg were given high praise after the game, with the latter 1st for touches, passes, tackles, possession covered and distance covered. This allowed for Billing and Mooy to get forward and force their game on Wolves.
As for their opponents, Brighton have been in a bit of a slump, as of late.
They drew 1-1 in their most recent game at home to Leicester but had lost their last two against Cardiff and Everton, notably having Dale Stephens sent off and conceding in the last minute against Cardiff.
Brighton coach Chris Houghton gave his thoughts on his side’s performance against Leicester, saying:
“I’m hugely disappointed. We were in a similar position against Cardiff and you know when you play against a team with 10 men, they’re going to play a certain way.
“It’s a poor penalty that we conceded and it’s a really good opportunity missed. You’ve got to be able to kill the game off, but we weren’t able to do that.”
It really seems like a case of one team struggling and heading to a team that have recently found hit their form.
As we know in the Premier League, it’s never that straight forward.
Town will need to be wary that Brighton don’t do the same thing that Wagner’s side did when they faced Wolves. To avoid this, the midfield trio will have to switch their focus from pressuring the opposition to controlling the possession and thus creating several chances for the team to capitalise on.
Huddersfield Starting XI: Jonas Lossl, Terence Kongolo, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Jorgensen, Chris Lowe, Jonathan Hogg, Phillip Billing, Florence Hadergjonaj, Aaron Mooy, Alex Pritchard and Steve Mounie.
Probable Brighton Starting XI: Matthew Ryan, Bernardo, Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Bruno Saltor, Jose Izquierdo, Biram Kayal, Davy Propper, Anthony Knockaert, Pascal Gross and Glenn Murray.
Prediction: 2-1 to Huddersfield.