- Preston have lost five of their last six matches.
- Preston have scored only 16 goals in 19 away trips.
- The visitors have lost to nil on seven occasions away from home this term.
- Karlan Grant has scored five times in his last six for Huddersfield.
After slipping into the bottom three at the weekend, Huddersfield caught whatever buzz has turned the Championship’s poorest sides into Barcelona. After seeing Charlton, Barnsley and Luton make strong cases for survival since the restart, the Terriers eased their own fears with a 3-0 win at Birmingham.
Of course, Huddersfield were seemingly hurt by injuries and forced into the bottom three. Manager Danny Cowley is open about how his system doesn’t work quite as well with Karlan Grant as the number nine. Their top scorer is forced to play through the middle when there are injuries, but they have won three of their last four with Grant starting on the left. On top of that, their last three defeats came to Leeds, Wigan and Nottingham Forest – three of the league’s form sides. Facing Preston is a significantly easier proposition.
Preston struggling across the pitch
The visitors were in the top six just three games ago, with the playoffs on the horizon. Alex Neil’s men had already been faltering in their bid to hold on to that position, but since the restart, they’ve been really poor. They’ve taken just one point from three games, while Preston head into this game having lost five of their last six matches. They’ve fallen out of the playoff fight as a result, while a loss here could end their hopes.
Huddersfield can’t afford to rest on their latest win, they need to push forward and their home games could make the difference between playing Championship and League One football next term. We expect them to follow up their comprehensive victory in midweek with another three points here, especially now that they are settling back into their preferred set up.
Huddersfield’s goal threat can make the difference
Preston must look enviously towards Huddersfield, who picked up their top scorer Grant for a little over £1million. That is the kind of signing which Neil needs, as his team have been overperforming up front for much of the season. Their lack of quality in the final third is being exposed now, especially on the road. They’ve scored just 16 times in 19 trips, while all but one of their defeats away from home have been to nil. With the visitors struggling for goals, we’re backing a 2-0 victory for the Terriers.
Huddersfield’s Grant has found the net 18 times this season from the left-wing, making him their main goal threat. He has been boosted with the return of Frazier Campbell allowing him to attack spaces from the left. The forward comes into this one in good form after scoring five in his last six Championship games. He’s scored six times from the spot this season,so we are confident that he will find some way to score against a Preston side who have conceded 12 goals in six games.