Were all set for one of the games of the season as Huddersfield take on Newcastle with both sides gunning for automatic promotion (KO 17:30).
Newcastle picked up a vital 3 points last time out as two late goals from Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez secured the 3 points at the Annex, dealing a crushing blow to Brighton in the race for one of the two automatic promotion spots this season.
However, if that game was important for both sides, this one certainly will be as well, as Huddersfield have been inching ever closer to the top two in recent weeks.
Having won 7 of their previous 6 matches, Huddersfield now sit just 6 points off Brighton in 2nd place with a game in hand. Therefore, should Huddersfield win this match on Saturday evening, then both Brighton and Newcastle could afford no slip ups before the end of the season if they are to stave off the chasing side.
In terms of who goes in favourites for the tie, it’s going to be a tough one to call. Both are in good form, and although Newcastle have better quality in their ranks, Huddersfield will have the home advantage for the match. In this sense, and with so much at stake, this game should prove to be just as tight and hard fought as the match between Brighton and Newcastle on Tuesday night.
Huddersfield manager David Wagner has already shown he has full focus on the league having played almost a full reserve team against Manchester City in their FA Cup replay midweek. In this sense, Huddersfield’s main men will all be fully fit and raring to go come the weekend, having had a couple of extra days rest over the Newcastle men.
Therefore, although many will be expecting Newcastle to reach the Premier League once more next season, Huddersfield have been showing of late they more than have what it takes to push for a late surge.
Having only lost 3 games in the previous 3 months, Newcastle certainly have a tough task on their hands this evening.
Those who expect Huddersfield to take a massive step towards the Premier League and take victory can back the side at 15/8, while Newcastle are a big price of 7/4 to taker all three points back to the north east.
Whatever the outcome, it should prove to be a pivotal match with the victor taking confidence and bragging rights into the final few months of the Championship season.
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