Premier League Relegation Battle- Huddersfield Town

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Huddersfield manager David Wagner during the FA Cup Fifth Round against Manchester United. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt via Gettyimages

Huddersfield sit in 14th place after a win against a beleaguered West Brom side, their third away win of the campaign. It changes the complexion slightly for them, with each and every win so vital when it is so tight.

Huddersfield are one of the more unpredictable sides at the bottom, with the capability of losing 4-1 to West Ham and 4-0 to Bournemouth, whilst beating the Cherries 4-1 in the reverse fixture, as well as beating Watford by the same scoreline.

Huddersfield Town’s Battle With Relegation

Why will they stay up?

Similarly to Brighton, and in fact a lot of promoted teams that perhaps lack quality in certain areas, the togetherness instilled in the squad by David Wagner is apparent.

This translates across to a successful home record against teams outside the top six, with only one loss recorded in nine games.

Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre, who is injured at the moment, are two physical outlets. They allow the Terriers to pick up a lot of second balls, as well as bringing the more creative players into play whilst chipping in with goals of their own. Mounie’s winning goal against West Brom last weekend perfectly demonstrates this.

Huddersfield have some very talented players, including these two. Although the short-term injury to Aaron Mooy is a blow, considering his quality on the ball. Christopher Schindler is a very important component to the team and possesses the most interceptions in the league.

The reinforcement of Kongolo in January has added to Schindler’s quality, and Alex Pritchard’s transfer has ensured there is another creative outlet for Huddersfield.

All of this means Huddersfield are a well-oiled unit, showcased in the recent 4-1 win against Bournemouth. High intensity, possession-based football could be enough to keep them up, and more experience for Wagner in the top flight will only see his set of skills enhanced.

Why could they go down?

They have the second worst goal difference in the division, mainly due to the number of goals they have conceded. 48 is the third worst and indicates a real problem area.

They have shipped three or more goals on eight occasions, and this propensity for conceding, not just against the top teams, is an obvious cause of concern.

Considering that they have the hardest set of fixtures of anyone on this list, with three of their last four games against Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal, the fact that they are prone to a capitulation does not bode well.

The quality of parts of their team isn’t the best and the squad would need an overhaul in personnel if they were to stay up. These factors combined means it could be an arduous end to the season for Huddersfield fans, who have lit up the Premier League.

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