It's another proverbial six-pointer in the Championship on Saturday afternoon (15:00), as 21st placed Huddersfield Town take on a Sheffield Wednesday side sat just two places below them in the table. Our resident (West) Yorkshireman Adam Roberts previews this one and gives us his betting predictions.
A lot has happened since my last Huddersfield Town preview. Of course The Terriers drew 1-1 as predicted in Lancashire, then drew 1-1 again in west London, which was enough to see the plug pulled on Darren Moore's tenure in charge of the side by owner and Chairman, Kevin M. Nagle.
I recently wrote a piece on what went wrong for Moore and who might be next but for now it's ex-Town player and current academy coach Jon Worthington who is in the interim position.
Regardless of who the next man in the
firing line hot-seat is, Hudders need to start winning and fast, with a loss here a disastrous result, seeing their Yorkshire neighbours move within two points of the Kirklees-based club.
As for Wednesday, they made their own managerial change in October, shipping out Xisco Munoz, after presiding over the worst start ever for the famous old club. In came the German national team assistant coach, Danny Röhl, who has had a mixed start to life in S6.
The 34-year-old lost five of his opening six games in charge, before winning five in eight in December and January - enough to win him the Manager of the Month award. Since New Year's Day, however, they are winless in three, picking up just a solitary point at home to Watford. The youngest manager in the EFL will have earmarked this game as a winnable one though. Lose and they could be cut adrift...
Worthington will be without at least nine of his first-team squad for the visit of Wednesday, with Yuta Nakayama still away with Japan at the Asian Cup and plenty of senior players on the treatment table. New signing Radinio Balker should make his full debut at centre-back.
Meanwhile, Röhl will likely name an unchanged side for the short journey north, with Cameron Dawson and Juan Delgado joining Callum Paterson and Dominic Iorfa as the only confirmed absentees.
Huddersfield are the slim 6/4 favourites to pick up the three points at home, with Wednesday slightly higher at 15/8. The draw, which has been a constant feature in recent Town matches, is available at 23/10.
The two sides drew 0-0 at Hillsborough back in October and a repeat is priced at 17/2, with goals expected to be at as premium and under 2.5 at 8/11.
Huddersfield Town to win - 6/4
It may be hyperbole to say it will be a party atmosphere in the John Smiths Stadium on Saturday afternoon but an air of negativity and resignation will have lifted from the crowd's shoulders and they should be able to concentrate on getting behind a local fan favourite in Jon Worthington.
It remains unclear how much he will have been able to do tactically in the week since Moore's sacking, perhaps just working on patterns of attacking play and trying to get some much-needed belief back into the squad.
Town actually didn't play that bad against Plymouth, Blackburn and QPR and probably should have picked up at least a couple of wins from that period. I think this could be a dour game, with very little quality and The Terriers nicking the three points by a single goal.
Huddersfield Town to win and under 2.5 goals - 4/1
Neither side are prolific scorers and unders has landed in all of Huddersfield's last three games. Wednesday also saw a goalless affair last time out and I can't see there being many goals scored here.
Huddersfield Town to win 1-0 - 7/1
I'm trebling down on my previous picks and taking Town to win by a goal to nil. Wednesday have lost by this score-line on five occasions this season and I have a feeling it could be Michael Helik nodding in from a corner that wins it for the slightly lighter blue and white stripes.
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