Preview - Cardiff City vs Huddersfield Town 12 January 19

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Match Day 22
Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Town
Saturday, January 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City: 
Last five matches form: L L D W L
Average goals per match: 0.90
Average goals against per match: 1.95
Top Scorer: Callum Paterson (4)

Huddersfield Town:
Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.62
Average goals against per match: 1.76
Top Scorer: Mathias Jørgensen (3)

Two sides firmly entrenched in the relegation dogfight lock horns in Wales on Match Day 22 in the Premier League as Cardiff City play host to Huddersfield Town.

There was nothing to separate the sides in the match at the John Smith's Stadium earlier in the season, with the game ending in a goalless draw.

Kenneth Zohore looks like being the only absentee for the home side. Huddersfield will be without the injured trio of Aaron Mooy, Abdelhamid Sabiri, and Danny Williams.

Having taken a while to adjust to their return to the Premier League - picking up only two points in their first eight games - Cardiff City are now making a decent fist of battling against relegation. Now up to fourth from bottom, they will be looking to their home form to keep them out of harms way. They have won four of eleven at home this season. That record is really a little better than it looks though as four of their six defeats have come at the hands of Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

For Huddersfield meanwhile, matters are beginning to approach hopeless. Only ten points from the opening 21 games is relegation form which ever way you look at it. They have lost their past eight on the spin, leaving them rock bottom and eight points adrift of safety. They need to find some form and they need to do it soon. The Terriers have won jut one of ten away from home when surprisingly picking up the points at Wolves.

A draw would likely be a disappointment for both sides here. However, Huddersfield simply don't have the goals in the side to throw caution to the wind as they seek a desperately needed three points and will likely look to keep this tight. Cardiff have been playing some decent stuff of late though and are fancied to just nick it.

Prediction: Cardiff City 2 - 1 Huddersfield Town


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  2 - 11
Shots on target: 0 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 10
Possession: 41% - 59%

Harry Arter, Junior Hoilett and Joe Bennett were all booked for the home side, with Christopher Schindler of Huddersfield Town also having his name taken by referee Lee Mason.

If judged purely on their general play, Huddersfield would likely be in a better position than they are. They were much the better side on the day here, but as has so often been the case this season, an inability to take their chances cost them dearly. They did at least pick up a point but it is wins which are needed in their predicament.

Cardiff City did have the best chance of taking the lead in the first half, a dangerous low ball into the area seeming certain to be finished off by Junior Hoilett only for him to seemingly lose his footing at the crucial moment and only manage to bundle an effort straight at keeper Jonas Lossl.

Huddersfield's best chance fell to Steve Mounie in the area who did well to control and make the space for a shot but couldn't get any power on his effort which looped towards goal and was comfortably dealt with by Neil Etheridge. 0-0 at the break.

The pattern of play was largely the same in the second half as Huddersfield had more of the ball but weren't able to ever really hurt Cardiff. Very little attacking intent from the hosts.

Cardiff will look at this as a missed opportunity at home, but they didn't deserve any more than a point. They are outside of the relegation zone in 17th spot but are only a point clear of third bottom Newcastle United. Fulham remain rooted to the foot of the table and eight points adrift of safety.

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