Preview - Huddersfield vs Watford 14 April 2018

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Match Day 34
Huddersfield Town vs Watford
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: John Smith's Stadium

Huddersfield Town: 
Last five matches form: L D L L D
Average goals per match: 0.79
Average goals against per match: 1.64
Top Scorer: Steve Mounie (7)

Watford:
Last five matches form: W L L D L
Average goals per match: 1.27
Average goals against per match: 1.79
Top Scorer: Abdoulaye Doucoré

Huddersfield clash with Watford on Match Day 34 in the Premier League, in another match way may have a significant bearing on who stays and who goes in terms of relegation this year. Watford really should be ok with 37 points on the board already, but will be keen to arrest a slump which has seen the Hornets lose three of their last four. Huddersfield though remain firmly in the mix, fifth bottom at present and only four points clear of 14th place Southampton with an inferior goal difference.

A game like this is really an ideal fixture for Huddersfield and one from which they will hope to take maximum points. Having only won two of their last 15 in the League though, that will likely prove easier said than done. The home side will be without forward Elias Kachunga here.

Watford aren't in great form themselves though and are in the midst of a simply woeful run on the road, losing eight of their past nine away outings. Richarlison is pushing for a recall to the starting 11, but Javi Gracia must do without Nathaniel Chalobah, Tommie Hoban, Tom Cleverly and Gerard Deulofeu here.

Never easy to call a game between two such out of form sides, but overall Huddersfields greater need for the points may just see them over the line.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 2 - 1 Watford

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 9 - 4
Shots on target: 1 - 2
Corner Kicks: 9 - 6
Possession: 49% - 51%

Two bookings for each side here. Craig Pawson issuing yellows to Mathias Joergenson and Alex Pritchard of Huddersfield and Daryl Janmaat and Roberto Pereyra of Watford.

Sometimes one shot on target is all you need. That's all Huddersfield managed to muster in this contest here and yet they still came away with a massive three points. They certainly left it late though.

In a first half that was almost entirely devoid of goalmouth action, it was Watford who came closest as half time approached. Abdoulaye Doucouré forcing Jonas Loessl into two saves in the space of as many minutes. Watford wouldn't have another shot on target in the match.

Both opposing penalty areas seemed to be a no-go zone in the second half in what wasn't exactly the finest advertisement for Premier League football. This looked set to end in a draw unless either team could belatedly find some urgency.

With the ninety minutes up, if there was to be a winner it was going to have to come in stoppage time….

Step forward Tom Ince. Played in by Zanka and under what must have been immense pressure, he admirably kept his cool to slot home, albeit only from around six yards. Cue pandemonium in the stands, David Wagner racing up the touchline like a man possessed and a massive pile-on. This really was a big goal.

A season altering three points for the Terriers who now move up to 14th and seven points clear of the relegation zone. With one of the tougher looking run ins of those down the bottom, they really needed this.

Watford's season continues to peter out. They sit in 12th on 37 points.

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