Huddersfield Town v Fulham Betting Preview – 22/04/17
Huddersfield Town v Fulham Betting Preview
In our Huddersfield Town v Fulham betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.
The race for the play-offs continues on Saturday, as Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham will try to take a big three points away to David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium. Huddersfield Town have looked a force under their manager, moving up to third for a lot of the season but dropping to fourth in recent weeks after Reading made a claim for a high finish. Fulham are sixth after pushing into the play-offs late on. They’ve been exciting to watch this season, so their climb up the Championship is unsurprising to neutrals. The last time these two sides met was at the end of October where The Cottagers pulled off a shock 5-0 defeat over David Wagner’s side.
Huddersfield have only lost four times at John Smith’s Stadium
Coming as one of the pleasant surprises of the season, David Wagner has been a roaring success at Huddersfield Town, taking charge midway through the last campaign before making a claim for a high finish in his first full term. He was helped into the role by a solid character reference courtesy of former co-worker and close friend Jurgen Klopp, and he’s mirrored a lot of the qualities that the Liverpool manager capitalises on – the ability to get the best out of his players, a strong mentality of teamwork and togetherness throughout the squad, as well as putting on a display on the sidelines as a passionate, energetic coach. Most of the season has seen The Terriers at third in the table, only hindered by Jaap Stam’s Reading, but they still have time to move back ahead of them as they sit with a game-in-hand.
Since finding promotion from League One in 2012, Huddersfield Town have finished each season in the lowly positions of the Championship table, which has made it all the more unpredictable to see them making a finish in the automatic promotion places look possible. Their biggest defeat of the season came at the hand of Fulham, who defeated them 5-0 back in October, but most of their games have had David Wagner’s men playing out of their skin, convincingly beating most sides in the league. The German cleared out a lot of deadwood in the summer, bringing in a few key players in their place, including PFA Team Of The Season midfielder Aaron Mooy, Chelsea rising star Isaiah Brown and Ingolstadt striker Elias Kachunga, who has twelve goals and two assists for the club.
Fulham are unbeaten in sixteen of twenty-one games played away from home
In similar style to Huddersfield Town, Fulham have also managed to completely alter poor fate from past seasons to come out on top in the current campaign. Something special was clearly going on behind the scenes when they defeated recently-relegated Newcastle United on the first day of the season, as Rafa Benitez’s side were expected to wipe out all other teams in order to force through an immediate return back to the top tier. Slavisa Jokanovic also took charge halfway through last season before making an even bigger impact in his first full term, which has seen The Cottagers crawl gradually up the table, with their current sixth place position now looking unsurprising after all the times they went against the script in order to get points against some of the league’s tougher teams.
Losing only five games away from home has Fulham ranked alongside both Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion, which is incredible considering how those sides look set to finish the season in the top two automatic promotion places. If it weren’t for Reading, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday sitting above them, a play-off finish would surely be set for Fulham. They also have Garry Monk’s Leeds United below them, only moving there after Easter Weekend saw a poor result at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, so Jokanovic’s side need to keep up the tempo if they want to finish as high as they currently stand. Fulham have spent very little but have been had lots of stand-out players, with Chris Martin, Tom Cairney, Floyd Ayite, Stefan Johansen and Sone Aluko scoring a combined forty-six goals and thirty-six assists in the Championship alone.
Huddersfield to win (Best priced at 11/8 on BetVictor) – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 4/6 on 188Bet) – BET HERE
Elias Kachunga to score anytime (Best priced at 17/10 on Betfair) – BET HERE
Watch highlights from Fulham’s big win over Aston Villa here: