Huddersfield dropped back into the bottom three on Saturday despite picking up a useful point at Ewood Park and they will be determined to pick up all three points against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night. Boro battled well, but couldn’t find the back of the net as they went down 1-0 to West Brom at the weekend. Can they bounce back in front of the TV cameras?
Huddersfield made it four games unbeaten at the weekend as they came from behind to pick up a point against Blackburn at Ewood Park. It was an exciting end-to-end game in which both sides looked threatening every time they came forward. Danny Cowley described it as ‘his best result’ since arriving at the club although he would have been dismayed to see his side drop back into the bottom three following Reading’s victory at the Madejski.
Huddersfield are now incredibly hard to beat and several players have upped their performances since the management duo arrived from Lincoln. Juninho Bacuna has now scored three in three whilst Karlan Grant has become one of the most consistent frontman in the Championship. Steve Mounie was also given a place on the bench at the weekend and Cowley has spoken about his ambition to play with a target man.
At home, the Terriers won their last match convincingly against Hull and the home fans will be looking for a similar performance here.
Middlesbrough battled well although it was all in vain as Jonathan Woodgate’s side failed to find the back of the net once again. The local papers described the performance as ‘not quite turning the corner, although they are indicating’ which does rather suggest that it was a better display than in previous weeks. Despite having a reasonably expensively assembled squad, Boro lack firepower and they need to find their shooting boots here.
The Teessiders have scored just four goals in six games and haven’t score more than a single goal since the end of August.
Karlan Grant was many people’s outsider in the top goalscorer market this season and he’s started the season very effectively. The former Charlton man has got seven goals so far and was on the scoresheet yet again at the weekend. He’s scored in each of the last two matches and isn’t afraid to shoot from distance. Danny Cowley is likely to persist with Grant playing through the middle in this contest and that should result in him getting plenty of chances.
Karlan Grant is the 9/5 favourite with 888Sport to score anytime in this game.
Huddersfield stuck three past Hull in their last home match here, however Boro will not be torn apart so easily. Woodgate’s men restricted WBA to a single goal and their central defensive partnership of Dael Fry and Daniel Ayala does work hard and is very effective.
Apart from their collapse against Sheffield Wednesday (when Ayala wasn’t playing), Middlesbrough are tough to break down and a narrow Huddersfield win could be the way to play this one.
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