Preview - Huddersfield Town vs Burnley 03 January 19

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Match Day 21
Huddersfield Town vs. Burnley
Thursday, January 3rd 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: John Smiths Stadium

Huddersfield Town: 
Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.60
Average goals against per match: 1.75
Top Scorer: Matthias Jørgensen (3)

Last five matches form: W L L L W
Average goals per match: 0.95
Average goals against per match: 2.05
Top Scorer: James Tarkowski, Ashley Barnes, Sam Vokes (3)

There are a few excellent games in the Premier League this week, and whilst this clash at the John Smiths Stadium may not have quite the glitz and class of tomorrow's top of the table battle, there may well be just as much on the line as rock bottom Huddersfield Town play host to third bottom Burnley.

These sides shared two goalless draws in the Premier League last season, and again couldn't be separated in the reverse of this fixture this season as Huddersfield came away from Turf Moor with a 1-1 draw.

Aaron Mooy continues to be the big miss for Huddersfield, with the Terriers also missing Abdelhamid Sabiri, Tommy Smith and Danny Williams for this clash. Burnley must do without Stephen Ward and Aaron Lennon.

Things are really beginning to look desperate for Huddersfield now. Beaten in their last seven in the Premier League, they are now five points away from safety and in danger of becoming detached. A couple of wins could change all that though and this is undoubtedly the type of game they simply must be getting something from. The question is can a side who have managed only a league-low 12 goals all season find a way to win?

Burnley haven't been much better in all honesty but do at least arrive at the game on a high following a confidence boosting win over West Ham last time out. They have won just once on the road this season though, at Cardiff City, and have failed to score in six of their ten away games.

Another 0-0 wouldn't be the greatest of surprises here. Burnley are pretty poor travellers though and Huddersfield's desperate need may just inspire them to find the goal to nick it.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1 - 0 Burnley


Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  9 - 16
Shots on target: 5 - 9
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 48% - 52%

Two bookings for the home side in this one, unfortunately they were both issued to Christopher Schindler whose dismissal in the 41st minute helped swing the momentum of the game firmly in Burnley's favour. Ben Mee, Phil Bardsley, Chris Wood and Tom Heaton of Burnley all had their names taken by referee Mike Dean, with Robbie Brady of the visitors being shown a straight red in the 90th minute.

It started well enough for the Terriers, with the home side taking the lead in the 33rd minute. Excellent cross into the area from deep on the left by Isaac Mbenza, to be met by the head of Stevie Mounie who directed his effort down into the ground and in to the right hand side of the goal. By half-time though things wouldn't be looking quite so rosy.

Nice work by Burnley in the 40th minute, working the ball from right to left, ending up with Dwight McNeil playing a low ball into the area to find Chris Wood who slotted home from around 6 yards. Then just one minute later Schindler received his marching orders. 1-1 at the break but advantage Burnley.

The winner came in the 74th minute. A long ball forward putting the Huddersfield defence under pressure and Ashley Westwood slipping in Ashley Barnes inside the area. Barnes finishing coolly into the bottom right. 1-2 final score.

Things really aren't going Huddersfield's way at present and they really are beginning to look doomed. Rock bottom and now a big looking eight points away from safety, it's a long way back from here. Huge result for Burnley who move up to sixteenth and two points clear of the drop zone. Fans will be hoping they can now belatedly begin building a little momentum.

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