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Huddersfield Town struggling to find next victory

Saturday 21st October 2017
After gaining promotion from the Championship, Huddersfield Town began its Premier League adventure in impressive fashion. So what's gone wrong since?
The Terriers were unbeaten in opening three Premier League games, which included victories over Crystal Palace and Newcastle United. Those results surprised many pundits. Since then, however, they haven't managed to produce a win. After picking up only three points from last six matches, David Wagner's side are the worst team in the division on the current form guide.

Perhaps the main reason for Huddersfield's poor run is injuries. Players missing include  Steve Mounie, Collin Quaner, Kasey Palmer and Michael Hefele. They have made 16 league appearances between them this season. All four are valuable members of the squad.

Mounie hopes to feature in the starting eleven this weekend. Quaner, on the other hand, is expected to be out for longer with a calf strain. The Terriers desperately need both strikers back on the pitch.

Palmer's hamstring injury means he won't return to action until November. And Huddersfield's other long-term absentee, Hefele, will also miss next few weeks due to an achilles injury.
Although Huddersfield Town has injury problems to contend with, focusing on upcoming fixtures must take priority. Next up, an encounter against Manchester United at the John Smith's Stadium. It definitely won't prove an easy game. Jose Mourinho's men sit second in the Premier League table, unbeaten this season, having scored 21 goals while conceding only two. So expect United to come out all guns blazing on Saturday. Can the Terriers cope?

If that wasn't enough, Huddersfield then travel to Anfield. Liverpool has shown great attacking quality this campaign, most recently to demolish Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League. So a trip to face his old colleague, Jurgen Klopp, is probably the last thing Wagner needs.

It could be damage limitation for the Terriers in next two matches. Man United and Liverpool, however, don't like it when the opposition applies pressure from the front. So all is not lost yet.

The Premier League's biggest clubs aim to control every game. High pressing causes panic among defences as it's something not often encountered. Therefore, heading into upcoming contests with those tactics offers Huddersfield the best chance of picking up valuable points. Wagner and his players must remain positive. A negative mindset usually means the game is already lost.
Despite losing 2-0 against Swansea City last weekend, Huddersfield had 60% possession, along with seven attempts at goal, with two on target. The ball is retained and chances are created - it is a case of being more clinical. Only scoring five times in eight Premier League games is a sure weakness. Mounie is the club's top goalscorer this season with two strikes. Others must step up, and quickly.

Although the Terriers are dropping ever closer to the relegation zone (currently three points above), this campaign remains in its early stages. So, there is still time for Huddersfield Town to revive from current slump in form.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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