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OPPOSITION IN FOCUS: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

14 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Huddersfield Town players look to steal possession from Glenn Murray.

Our rundown of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Huddersfield Town. 

League Position 2017/18: 16th 

Top league goalscorer: Steve Mounie

How did they do last season?

The Yorkshire club’s first-ever season in the Premier League ended in survival, as they finished one place behind the Seagulls in 16th.

Having beaten Reading on penalties in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium to reach the top flight, the Terriers began the season with victories in both of their opening matches to leave them top of the table. 

A 3-0 victory away to Crystal Palace was followed by a 1-0 success at home to Newcastle United, before a point at home to Southampton meant the team went the first month unbeaten. 

Home form would prove key for Wagner’s men, as home victories over Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and the Seagulls made up for the side’s underwhelming form on the road. 

Away draws against the likes of Burnley, Southampton, Chris Hughton’s side and then Manchester City and Chelsea would prove equally as vital – the latter two stalemates came in the final weeks of the season and saw the side over the line to seal Premier League football for the second consecutive campaign. 

Who’s in charge?

David Wagner took over Borussia Dortmund II in July 2011, before making the move to the John Smith’s Stadium in November 2015.

Ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, the German brought in a host of new faces and took the side on pre-season trips to both Sweden and Austria – the influx worked and the side found themselves top of the table in September, and they would go on to clinch promotion at the end of the season.

As a player Wagner had spells with several sides in Germany, including Eintracht Frankfurt, Mainz 05 and Schalke. 

Who should I keep an eye out for? 

Aaron Mooy made 34 Premier League appearances for the side and notched four goals in his debut season in the top flight, having been just as influential during the previous campaign where the side had secured promotion.

The Australian scored decisive and winning goals in both of the home victories against Newcastle United and Manchester United, as well as a brace in the 4-1 win away to Watford at Vicarage Road in mid-December. 

Having made 89 appearances across two seasons with the Terriers, Mooy will also now turn out for Australia in this summer’s World Cup Finals in Russia. 

How did we fare against them last season?

The two sides met at the John Smith’s Stadium during December, and it was the hosts who prevailed as 2-0 winners.

A first-half brace from Steven Mounie was enough for Wagner’s men to secure three points, before the spoils between the two would be shared at the Amex Stadium in the reverse fixture at the start of April. 

An own goal from Jonas Lossl in the first half handed Albion an advantage, after the goalkeeper had failed to keep hold of Solly March’s long-range effort. 

But Mounie would once again net against Albion, for the third time of the campaign, when he rounded Maty Ryan and fired level soon after. 

Davy Propper was then shown a red card in the second half for a challenge on Jonathan Hogg, as both sides would end their first Premier League campaign beside one another in the table in 15th and 16th place respectively.


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