Are Huddersfield Town set for a late automatic promotion push?
They were 18/1 for automatic promotion from the Championship in August. Then 11/2 in September, 9/2 in October and back out to as big as 28/1 in December with odds of 4/1 currently available. Overall, it’s fair to say Huddersfield Town’s season has been somewhat topsy-turvy thus far.
Eyebrows were raised after their phenomenal start although fans were brought back down to reality as David Wagner’s men slid down to eighth midway through the campaign.
But a fine run of form since the turn of the year has seen the Terriers climb back up to third, and with a game in hand over Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion, they have a great chance of stealing a top two finish right at the death.
Currently just six points behind a Brighton side that have lost three of their last five league games, Wagner must be feeling confident of his side’s chances.
The Seagulls were in a similar position last campaign, finding themselves in the top two for much of the season before falling just short of an automatic spot by May.
There’s no doubt that’ll affect Chris Hughton’s side mentally, whereas this Huddersfield team know no limits. This isn’t a position they’re all too familiar with, having finished in 19th, 17th, 16th and 19th respectively in their last four seasons in the division.
With that in mind, the West Yorkshire outfit will head into the business end of this campaign with little to no expectation. That means they can play with the kind of freedom we’ve seen for most of this season while the two sides above them try to pick up enough points to get over the line with the pressure currently very much on their shoulders.
None of the Terriers’ remaining nine fixtures will be against sides currently in play-off spots either, while their two toughest tests will be against Norwich City and Fulham – both of which will be played at the Kirklees Stadium.
And better still, the Magpies still need to play two of the top six (Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United), while Brighton’s psychological scars of last year should play nicely into Huddersfield’s hands.
All things considered, we reckon the race for an automatic spot is far from over, and the value right now has to be on Huddersfield at 4/1.
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