Huddersfield Town will play against Birmingham City at home in midweek in the EFL Championship. The home side will go into the match looking to extend their three-match undefeated run while the away side are struggling with three defeats in their last three games. Can Birmingham revive their form against Huddersfield?
Huddersfield are enjoying a fine form in their previous games in the Championship. They are sixth in the Championship table with six wins, two draws and four losses to their name from twelve fixtures. In their previous three matches, they won twice at home and drew one away. The Terriers now sit just three points below third-placed Fulham. After struggling initially at the start, Huddersfield have been impressive. They won their previous clash against Hull City at home with goals from Lees and Holmes on either side of the break. The home side have multiple injury concerns and they all look set to miss out on the clash against Birmingham. Rhodes, Pipa, Schofield, Rowe, Vallejo and Odubeko will remain side lined. The starting eleven looks to remain similar to the one against Hull City. Huddersfield’s eighteen goals in the Championship have come through twelve different players, indicating that all though they do not have a regular goal scorer, they are still managing to come out on top against their opponents.
In their previous game in the Championship, Huddersfield were dominant in terms of multiple attacking metrics. They had more shots and shots on target than Hull City. Tom Lees led the xG chart in the match while Duane Holmes and Lewis O’Brien led the shots and dribbles chart respectively. The Terriers’ xG of 0.87 surpassed that of their opponents’, 0.54.
Huddersfield are ranked sixth in terms of successful smart passes and successful smart passes per 90, indicating that they have been fairly successful in breaking the opposition defensive line with their creative passes.
Birmingham City have been struggling in the Championship since the beginning of September. In their previous fixture they were unable to secure three points again as they were narrowly defeated 1-0 by West Bromwich Albion away. Birmingham have failed to win in each of their last six games and have picked up just one point, losing five games. They are currently placed nineteenth in the Championship with twelve points from their thirteen games, just four points above the relegation zone. With pressure mounting on Lee Bowyer, Birmingham will need to figure out a way to come out on top against Huddersfield, a feat which will be difficult to achieve. Ivan Sanchez is set to remain side lined for this fixture.
Despite having higher xG than their opponents, Birmingham failed to take advantage in the match. Scott Hogan had the highest xG while Jutkiewicz led the aerial duels chart.
Birmingham are ranked eighth in the Championship in terms of successful defensive duels and successful defensive duels per 90, indicating that they have been fairly successful in their defensive duels.
Huddersfield Town (3-4-3) – Nicholls; Pearson, Lees, Colwill; Thomas, Hogg, O’Brien, Toffolo; Sinani, Ward, Holmes
Birmingham City (3-4-3) -Sarkic; Sanderson, Roberts, Friend; Bela, Gardner, Sunjic, Pedersen; Chong, Jutkiewicz, Graham
Huddersfield Town are favourites going into the game with Birmingham struggling for form in the Championship.