Huddersfield vs Blackburn by Luke
Huddersfield managed to get a 2:1 victory against Nottingham Forest on the Boxing Day in front of own fans, while the three pointer itself didn't came that easy as many of their fans might have thought about it. Guests were actually the ones who took the lead, in 25th minute via Pereira, while the home team had much more of the ball possession through the game, but could only convert it in the second halftime.
They actually needed six minutes in the second half to revert the scoreline, thanks to goals from Palmer in 53rd and in 59th via an own goal, while the players of Huddersfield continued being better and keeping the ball to their feet, without allowing the visiting side to create some dangerous situations, as the guests even stood playing with a man less towards the end. Huddersfield now had three points more than seventh placed Derby and needs to keep winning here.
Home team is set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Wells as central striker, but also with support of Parra, Palmer and Kachunga as offensive midfielders. Defensive midfielder Jonathan Hogg (20/1) is injured, as well as right midfielder Sean Scannell (11/0). Offensive midfielder Joe Lolley (3/0) is doubtful and probably won't play, while same goes for left back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (4/0).
Blackburn, on the other side, comes from their fourth consecutive defeat, this time they lost away from home on Monday afternoon when the team stood defeated against Barnsley 2:0. It was their fifth consecutive match without a victory, as they simply couldnt' do much against hosts who simply knew what they wanted and stood on the field as much more mature side.
Visitors did create chances in front of opponents goal and kept the ball more, but their defensive lineup was once again pretty poor and didn't stood with confidence, showing that they really need improvement in that department in January transfer window. They are continuing to be inside the relegation zone, having twenty points earned, which is three less than safely placed QPR, but away from home the team has only 2-1-8 record and can't hope for much here.
Blackburn is set to play in 4-4-2 formation which is typical for them, using Emnes and Graham as strikers. Central defender Elliott Ward (1/0) is injured, as well as left full back Adam Henley (2/0) and other central defender, Tommie Hoban (10/0). Midfielder and sometimes right back Ben Marshall (21/1) continues to be doubtful after skipping the previous game too. Suspended for this one are central defender/defensive midfielder Darragh Lenihan (22/0) and other right back, Jason Lowe (21/0).
- Huddersfield have won their last 4 matches (Championship).
- Blackburn have lost their last 4 matches (Championship).
Huddersfield is in a much better momentum now and I can't see past their victory here. Blackburn have a lot of problems in their game play and the team shouldn't be able to respond here with a proper performance. They are missing some key players in the defense and the victory of the home team should not be questionable here.