For our Huddersfield vs Middlesbrough prediction, we are predicting a Middlesbrough win.
Huddersfield Town are the clear underdogs in their game against Middlesbrough. The game will have an impact on both ends of the table. The Championship season is approaching the final stages, with both teams eager to pick up three vital points.
This game will mark the 100th competitive game between the two teams since the Football League's inception in 1888.
The home side, Huddersfield Town, has struggled for the majority of the season. The Terriers have found a subtle solution to fixing their early season woes by hiring Neil Warnock. The 74-year-old was recently in retirement following a stint with Middlesbrough. Warnock left the Teesside club in 2021 and was replaced by Chris Wilder. Warnock achieved a 38% win rate the Riverside and has returned for his second spell at Huddersfield Town.
As for his current side, they are currently in 22nd place in the Sky Bet Championship with eight games to go. Since his long-awaited return, Warnock's side has shown vast improvement. Following a recent spell of form, which has seen the Yorkshire-based side move to 22nd in the league, a win over promotion-chasing Middlesbrough could move them to level with Warnock's former side Cardiff City. They would have played a game less than the Bluebirds.
Huddersfield returns from the international break on the back of a very hard-fought victory over play-off-chasing Millwall. The home side had less of the game but managed to snatch a victory thanks to a late Danny Ward goal. That victory ensured Huddersfield came into this game with five points from their last five games in the league.
The reverse fixture of this game ended in a stalemate between the two teams before Michael Carrick fully took charge of the away side. The history between the two sides points towards a win for Middlesbrough - with them having won 44 of the 99 games already played between the two sides.
Middlesbrough has been one of the success stories in the Championship this season. Following the dismissal of manager Chris Wilder, the away side took a chance on former Manchester United player and coach Michael Carrick.
Carrick is embarking on his first permanent managerial role since leaving Manchester United and joined the away side when they occupied 21st, are now merely three points off the automatic places in third. Carrick's side is amongst the leading scorers in the league, with 69 goals from 38 games, almost averaging two goals a game.
Middlesbrough enters this game on much better form than their hosts, having won three from their last five and picking up 10 points from their last 15 available. This free-scoring Boro side has been tremendous in front of goal in their last four games, scoring 12 and averaging three a game. Amongst these results was a resounding 5-0 win at home to Reading.
One player who has hugely benefitted from Michael Carrick is former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom. Before this season, Akpom never reached double digits in scoring form, but under Carrick, he has 24 goals in 31 since the arrival of his new manager.
We predict it to be a long afternoon for Huddersfield at the weekend, with the away side looking to establish their promotion aspirations.
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