2018-19 Premier League: Week 35 – Huddersfield Town vs Watford

Relegated Huddersfield Town welcome top seven chasing Watford to the John Smith Stadium for a key Premier League clash. 

Defeat for the Terries would most certainly see them finish the season in last place, whilst Watford could move up to seventh with victory and other results going their way. 

 

Team news

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Huddersfield could be without Karlan Grant due to illness which has kept him out of training for most of this week. 

Isaac Mbenza meanwhile is available after illness kept him out of the squad for last weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

Adama Diakhaby (hamstring), Abdelhamid Sabiri (fitness) Laurent Depoitre (foot) won’t be risked this week but are expected to possibly feature away at Liverpool next weekend.

Watford will be without captain, Troy Deeney for their next three matches after he failed to have his red card rescinded, following his sending off against Arsenal for catching Lucas Torreira with his forearm. 

Gerard Deulofeu (ankle) and Roberto Pereyra will face late fitness tests after training with the squad on Friday morning. 

Jose Holebas (hamstring), Tom Cleverley (calf) and Adalberto Penaranda (thigh) are all ruled out but could return before end of season. 

Domingos Quina however is ruled out until next season after dislocating his shoulder last week in training. 

 

Form

Huddersfield enter this match with just four points from their last 21 matches, and are on a six match losing streak since beating Wolves here at the end of February. 

At home, the Terriers have scored once in three of their last four matches, only failing to do so against Bournemouth last month. 

Watford meanwhile have won just one of their last four league matches but three of those games were against members of the ‘Big Six’. 

On their travels, the Hornets have lost four of their last seven but those defeats were against ‘Big Six’ teams, meaning that they have taken seven points from their last three away trips to teams outside the top six. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Huddersfield have won three of their last five meetings with Watford (W3, L2).
  • There hasn’t been a draw in this fixture since February 1999 in the then Division One.
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure has produced six assists this season for Watford, compared to just three throughout entirety of last season.
  • Karlan Grant is Huddersfield’s joint top goalscorer alongside Zanka and Aaron Mooy with three goals each this season, although Grant has the best goal to starting eleven appearances percentage with 33.33% compared to 12 and 11.54% for Zanka and Mooy respectively. 
  • Watford’s Ben Foster has made an 3.33 saves per match on average compared to Jonas Lossl of Huddersfield who has managed 2.76 saves per match. 

 

Prediction

Huddersfield can afford to go out and take risks here ahead of their return to the Championship but against Watford, I just don’t see them getting anything from this game. 

Clinical finishing therefore is going to be key to what the final result is but with the race for seventh so tight, this is a huge chance for Watford to improve their goal difference. 

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 0-3 Watford

Jake predicts: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Watford

Result: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Watford

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