Huddersfield vs Stoke City
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Tuesday, 26th December 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Kirklees Stadium (Huddersfield).
Huddersfield continue their impressive run with a 1-1 away draw at Southampton. This helped them to pull 6 points clear-off the relegation zone and possible bid for a place in the top half of the table.
The Terriers went through a disastrous run of form in November when they lost four consecutive league games. Now the ship is steady with 2 wins and a draw coming from their latest four Premier League games.
Huddersfield also boast of a strong record at the Kirklees Stadium. They won 4, drew 2 and lost 3 of their 9 games so far, but those defeats came against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham.
Stoke City were handed a glimmer of hope as they stood firm to beat West Brom 3-1 to end a three match losing streak. Yet, Stoke remain dangerously close to the relegation zone with the bottom three teams separated by a thin 3 points.
Besides, Stoke are known for their inconsistency as they are only 2 wins in their last 9 league games. The away form remains extremely poor with the team winning just once during the 9 outings so far and losing a mammoth 6.
Huddersfield vs Stoke: Predictions
Stoke bagged a vital win at the expense of West Brom last time up, but their defensive vulnerabilities were clearly visible through the course of 90 minutes. They are a side that managed just 1 win from their 9 away matches so far this season and let in a massive 21 goals.
Huddersfield will be coming in good spirits after bagging 4 points from two consecutive away games. And the only teams to beat them at the stadium are Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham. So, one must expect the Terriers to be on top of their game on Tuesday evening. And 9 of the 11 goals they conceded at home this season come from the boots of those big three teams.
Under the circumstances, it will be a tough job for Stoke City to bag anything from this game. For me, Huddersfield are clear favourites to win this one outright and they could do this with another clean sheet.