English Championship: Game Week 20
Stadium: The John Smith's Stadium
9th December 2023
Huddersfield Town will welcome Bristol City at The John Smith's Stadium in Game Week 20 of the English Championship. Huddersfield have found new wind in their sail. Who will come out on top after 90 minutes?Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
Huddersfield Town form
After being held to a 1-1 draw by Swansea City, Darren Moore may not be feeling optimistic about Huddersfield's next game. However, they have managed to accumulate five points from their last three matches, which is an improvement compared to the previous six games where they collected the same number of points. This puts Huddersfield within three points of 15th-placed Birmingham City, with back-to-back fixtures at the John Smith's Stadium approaching. On the downside, Huddersfield is facing pressure from the teams in the bottom three, especially Queens Park Rangers, who are no longer feeling isolated at the bottom. Overall, the Huddersfield management may believe that they are making progress under Moore, even though they have only won twice in their last 13 league games. In light of Sorba Thomas' one-match suspension, Delano Burgzorg is expected to be included in Huddersfield's starting lineup. There is also a possibility that Josh Koroma could return if Danny Ward is replaced on the substitutes' bench. Due to Huddersfield's lengthy injury list, it is likely that manager Moore will refrain from making any additional changes.
Huddersfield Town Predicted Lineup
Maxwell; Jackson, Pearson, Helik, Lees, Nakayama; Koroma, Hogg, Kasumu, Headley; Burgzorg.
Bristol City form
Bristol City, under the management of Liam Manning, will be disappointed with the recent loss of momentum. Despite being unbeaten in their first three matches under interim management, they have suffered consecutive defeats against Southampton and Norwich City. Losing to Norwich City, especially after having a halftime lead, would have been painful for Bristol City. Currently, they are sitting five points away from the playoffs and find themselves in the bottom half of the table. It is crucial for them to respond and avoid losing touch with the top six. They need to focus on improving their away performance as they have only scored seven times and have suffered four defeats in their nine away matches. For Bristol City, their manager Manning must decide whether to switch from a back four to a back three, but it is plausible that he will mirror Huddersfield's tactics. Sam Bell is also vying for a spot in the starting lineup, either as a replacement for George Tanner at right wing-back or in the final third in place of Andreas Weimann.
Bristol City Predicted Lineup
O'Leary; Vyner, Dickie, Pring; Tanner, James, Gardner-Hickman, Sykes; Bell, Conway, Knight
Huddersfield Town vs Bristol City Expert Tips
Huddersfield knows the importance of maintaining their position outside the bottom three with the chasing pack gaining momentum. However, a draw may be the likely outcome in this match, as Bristol City is eager to regain their form under Manning. Take a double chance on the home side with under 2.5 goals in the game.