Build-Up To The New Season – Huddersfield

Team: Huddersfield Town

Nickname: The Terriers

Founded: 1908

Manager: David Wagner

Stadium Name: John Smith’s Stadium

Stadium Capacity: 24,500

Major Honours: (3) First Division, (1) Second Division, (1) Fourth Division, (1) F.A Cup, (1) Community Shield

Main Rivals: Leeds, Bradford, Barnsley, Oldham

Biggest Win v Brighton: 7-1 (August 2009)

Biggest Defeat v Brighton: 4-1 (March 2013)

Last Meeting: Huddersfield 3-1 Brighton (1/2/17)

When Do They Play Brighton: Saturday 9th December (John Smiths Stadium), Saturday 7th April (AMEX Stadium)

 

Players To Watch:

Goalkeeper: Jonas Lossl 

Defender: Tommy Smith

Midfielder: Aaron Mooy

Striker: Laurent Depoitre 

 

Huddersfield exceeded everyone’s expectations last season, just by getting into the Play-Offs, but going on to win them and gaining promotion into the Premier League for the first time, was a huge achievement especially considering the season before when they finished 19th; replicating Brighton’s rise when they finished 20th back in 2015, before a 3rd place finish the next season. Huddersfield were the early pace setters, winning 5 of their first 6 games including an away win against Newcastle. Brighton inflicted their first defeat of the season, which started a barren run of 4 wins in 12 games, dropping them from 1st to 8th. 11 wins in their next 13 games saw them back in contention for automatic promotion, and on the heels of Brighton and Newcastle, but as the games piled up towards the end of the season, they started to drop points and could only manage 3 wins in their remaining 10 games, meaning they would have to gain promotion the hard way; they actually won the play-offs without scoring a goal during the 3 ties including extra time. 

 

Last Season’s Finish: 5th (Championship – Promoted via Play-Offs)

Predicted Finish; 20th

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