Huddersfield Town, known as the Terriers, are a football club based in West Yorkshire that plays in blue and white striped shirts. They are currently embarking on their second campaign in the Premier League after promotion in the playoffs in 2017. Their current manager, David Wagner, has been in charge for two full seasons since 2013, when he replaced Simon Grayson. Huddersfield will be glad he is still in the dugout for the new season as they look to consolidate their position as a regular Premier League side.
Despite not playing in the top flight very much over the recent years, the Terriers are a club steeped in history. Under former manager Herbert Chapman, arguably the most famous name ever to be connected with the club, Town went on to win three consecutive Division One titles between 1924 and 1926. Chapman helped the club dominate English football before going on to even more success with Arsenal, which was referenced when the two sides met in the Premier League last season. Huddersfield also won the FA Cup in 1922.
Other notable names connected with Huddersfield include Steve Bruce, who cut his teeth in management after an impressive playing career at Manchester United and Mick Buxton, who was in charge for eight years between 1978 and 1986. George Brown, Chapman’s star striker, is the all time top goalscorer for Huddersfield, scoring 159 goals in eight years between 1921-29. The highest appearance maker is Billy Smith, Brown’s teammate, who played 574 games between 1913 and 1934.
Goalkeepers: Jonas Lössl, Ben Hamer
Defenders: Tommy Smith, Scott Malone, Terence Kongolo, Chris Löwe, Mathias Jorgensen, Christopher Schindler, Florent Hadergjonaj, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Michael Hefele, Erik Durm
Midfielders: Jonathan Hogg, Philip Billing, Aaron Mooy, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Ramadan Sobhi, Rajiv van la Parra, Daniel Williams, Alex Pritchard, Jon Stankovic, Lewis O’Brien
Forwards: Elias Kachunga, Adama Diakhaby, Laurent Depoitre, Collin Quaner, Steve Mounie, Juninho Bacuna
Huddersfield achieved a miracle by getting into the PremIer League in the first place, beating Reading in the Championship playoff final at Wembley in 2017. David Wagner’s men then outdid themselves, achieving survival despite having the tightest budget in the league; they showed what hard work, togetherness and good tactics and coaching can do to a team and it will be very interesting to see how they get on in their second season. Now they face a different kind of pressure; they have splashed the cash a little more, and teams will understand how to play them even more.
But in Wagner they have one of the better managers in and around the bottom half of the Premier League table. The Terriers must learn how to be more clinical in their home games; they were expected to struggle on the road last season but they dropped like a stone in the league because they weren’t picking up enough points. If they can do that, they may survive, but our betting tip is that Huddersfield will be relegated at the end of the season.
Huddersfield to be relegated @ 11/10 Betfair
Bottom at Christmas @ 5/1
David Wagner to leave this season @ 3/1