Prior to last weekend’s trip to Nottingham Forest, the Terriers maintained high hopes of closing the gap between themselves and the top-two in the Championship, however following a shock 2-0 defeat at the City Ground, such hopes have now effectively gone up in smoke.
David Wagner’s men do enjoy a game-in-hand over the sides above them in the league table but given that Huddersfield are ten points off the pace as things stand, we feel that their chance of automatic promotion has effectively vanished.
Indeed Wagner will be better advised not to be too complacent when it comes to the play-offs and with things pretty tight between third and seventh place in the Championship, things are still very wide open. The Terriers are just seven points clear of Fulham in seventh position and a couple of defeats could see them come dangerously close to dropping out of the top six altogether.
Given Huddersfield Town’s recent results this isn’t such an unlikely scenario as would would imagine. The Terriers have been pretty poor of late with defeats in three of their last four Championship outings. A 4-0 hammering at Bristol City was followed by a surprise defeat to struggling Burton Albion and whilst things undeniably improved with a 3-0 home win over Norwich City, Wagner’s men fell back to earth with a bump with a 2-0 defeat to Forest last weekend.
This doesn’t inspire one with confidence when looking to back them to win on Easter Friday, however that is just what we believe they will do. Huddersfield have been pretty solid on home turf this season and they will be facing a Preston North End side which will be reeling from their 3-0 defeat to Leeds United at the weekend. The Lilywhites themselves have been solid at home this season but their away form leaves a lot to be desired and we don’t envisage them coming away from Kirklees with anything for their troubles.