Nobody knew what quite to expect from these two outfits this term, with Brighton changing their manager while Huddersfield adopted a slightly more aggressive policy in the transfer market. Neither has set the division alight, but with the Seagulls hovering around the top half and Huddersfield sat in a mid-table position it’s certainly not been unsuccessful for them either.
In fact, Brighton fans are probably quite satisfied with the way in which things are turning out. Even though he left the club on slightly sour terms, Gus Poyet was always going to be a difficult man to follow and his successor has managed to pull the Seagulls within two points of the top six places. It would be fair to say that Oscar Garcia has taken some time to adapt to his new role in English football, yet the club’s recent form has suggested that he has everything what it takes to be a success. The club have now lost just one of their last nine and since that loss to Barnsley, they have proceeded to win back-to-back games against Middlesbrough and Leicester. Still, they have lost two of their last four at the Amex Stadium, and this will be something that their opponents will be looking to exploit.
Huddersfield meanwhile have experienced an inconsistent campaign, but after narrowly avoiding the drop last term their supporters must be relatively satisfied. Their overall form means that they have never really come close to the top six picture, although a victory on Saturday will at least pull them within two points of their opponents. The club’s inconsistencies can be highlighted through the last month and after putting a run together of three straight victories, supporters had every right to feel disgruntled after the team followed that up with consecutive defeats. With the Terriers also losing three of their last four away games, it will be very interesting to see how they respond in this trip.
There’s plenty to report in the way for team news for Brighton, with the Seagulls crossing their fingers over the fitness of Kazenga LuaLua. Elsewhere, there might be a place for Will Buckley following an ankle injury, but Andrea Orlandi and Craig Conway won’t be featuring with the former injured and Conway no longer at the club after he returned to Cardiff following a loan deal. Huddersfield meanwhile will not be able to rely on the services of top scorer James Vaughan, with an ankle injury still preventing the former Everton man from featuring. Joel Lynch is another absentee as suspension curtails him, but there could be a place for Christian Lopez who has been pushing for a start over recent weeks.
As for a prediction, our tip is going to be based on form. Brighton have looked very impressive over the last few weeks, whereas Huddersfield have shown signs of a dip in results. Taking this into account, our tip will be a 2-1 victory for Oscar Garcia’s side.