Huddersfield v Stoke City
Tuesday, Dec 26 – 15:00pm
It’s been hard to fault Huddersfield’s performances at home this season. They’ve beaten the likes of Newcastle and Manchester United, and even gave league leaders Man City at run for their money when they visited the John Smiths Stadium. David Wagner’s side will be confident that they can take something from this game, particularly with Stoke’s recent struggles on the road.
Nobody can quite pin-point whats been going wrong for Stoke City this season. Mark Hughes recently revealed that he position was not currently in danger, but the Welshman knows full well that the Potters are facing a long relegation battle between now and the end of the season. Stoke have conceded far more goals than the other clubs at the bottom of the table, and Hughes may decided to bolster his defence in the January transfer window.
What the stats tell us:
- Huddersfield have not lost any of their last five matches against Stoke City (W3 D2) – however, this is the first time these two clubs have met in since 2001.
- The Potters are unbeaten in six matches against Huddersfield in the top-flight (W4 D2) – conceding one goal between 1951 and 1972.
- The Terriers have not tasted defeat in their last six matches on Boxing Day (W3 D3), and have won both of their last two games.
- In contrast, Stoke have won four of their six Boxing Day matches in the Premier League (D1 L1) – they beat Man United 2-0 back in 2015.
This is a difficult match for Stoke, because another defeat at this point of the season would be devastating. If they try and take the game to the Terriers, they will have to rely heavily on their defenders to perform, and they have not looked up to scratch this season. If they sit back, Huddersfield will be happy to attack them for 90 minutes, and the likes of Aaron Mooy always seem to find an extra gear at home. It’s hard to see past a Huddersfield win.