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Five Point Preview: Huddersfield Town

By Alex Stedman • 05 April 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion host Huddersfield Town at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon looking to pick up three big Premier League points.

The Seagulls will be keen to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Leicester City, and we’ve picked out five things to look out for ahead of the contest.

GOOD HOME RECORD

Albion are unbeaten against this weekend’s opponents at the Amex Stadium – with the Terriers last tasting success over the Seagulls at the Withdean Stadium in 2011.

A 4-1 victory over the Yorkshire side in 2013 saw Leonardo Ulloa become the first-ever player to score a hat-trick at the Amex. 

Two 0-0 draws and 2-1 and 1-0 wins respectively over the last two seasons, mean Chris Hughton’s side have a good home record against Huddersfield Town at the Amex. 

BOUNCING BACK

Both sides will be looking to atone for their results in the Premier League last weekend.

David Wagner’s men fell to a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park as the hosts picked up a vital win courtesy of Ayoze Perez ten minutes from time in the north-east.

Albion were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline last Saturday at the Amex as late goals from Vicente Iborra and Jamie Vardy gave Claude Puel’s men the win after Glenn Murray had also seen a penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

WITHOUT WILLIAMS 

Danny Williams – the Terriers’ midfielder, fractured his fibula whilst on international duty with USA and has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign. 

Before picking up the injury he had made 24 appearances in all competitions for Wagner’s men, and the duo of Aaron Mooy and Jonathan Hogg will have to deputise for the Yorkshire side throughout the run-in. 

LOOKING TO REDISCOVER SCORING STREAK 

The Seagulls have failed to find the net in their last three matches – against Everton, Manchester United and Leicester City respectively.

The Emirates FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford saw the side create a host of chances before falling to a 2-0 loss, and Albion fashioned 15 shots against Leicester City last weekend, but couldn’t find the back of the net. 

Before that, Hughton’s men had scored in each of their previous eight games, and they’ll be keen to get back on track and on the scoresheet this weekend. 

Similarly, Saturday’s opponents haven’t scored in their last four top-flight matches.

Two 2-0 defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace respectively, along with a 0-0 stalemate with Swansea City and the aforementioned defeat last weekend to Newcastle United, means that the Terriers will also be hoping to rediscover some scoring form this Saturday at the Amex Stadium.

ANOTHER AMEX SELL-OUT 

The game against the Terriers will see the Amex Stadium at full capacity once more this season.

It will be the 14th time that over 30,000 people have taken in a game at the home of the Seagulls this season, and the eighth top-flight game in a row that the attendance will have gone beyond that figure.

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