Friday 16 August: 7.45pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
Both of these clubs were in the English Premier League last season. They filled the bottom two places and now find themselves back in the Championship. Huddersfield Town find themselves down at the wrong end of the table again after earning just one point from two games. They will look to kick-start their season with a home win over Fulham.
Huddersfield fans were probably a bit relieved when relegation from the Premier League was finally confirmed. They had a miserable couple of seasons in the top flight. Yes, there were some good performances but on the whole it was an ongoing struggle.
They regularly struggled to get on the scoresheet in the Premier League. Huddersfield scored a miserly 50 goals in two seasons. That’s seven less than Manchester City scored in home league games last season. Relegation was confirmed early on for Huddersfield . Now they bid to settle back to life in the Championship. The odds on them winning promotion to the Premier League this season are 7/1 (8.0) at William Hill.
There wasn’t a great deal of transfer activity in the summer. Last week saw Aaaron Mooy sign a new contract with the club. Then he went on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion for the season! Huddersfield haven’t made a good start to the new season and start this game in 19th place.
The fans who had seen their side lose 14 home league games last season might have hoped for better this season. Any hope of that soon went out of the window as their opening opponents Derby County took the lead in the 22nd minute. The goalscorer was Tom Lawrence and a minute later he was celebrating again as he put Derby 2-0 up. Huddersfield pulled a goal back six minutes later but couldn’t get level. Their return to the Championship was a miserable 2-1 defeat.
Their next fixture saw them travel to QPR. They were 1-0 up with seven minutes to go before the Londoners equalized. The game ended 1-1 and Huddersfield had to settle for a return of just one point from their first two league games. They will want a win from this game and are 7/4 (2.75) at Betfair to do so.
Fulham haven’t been firing on all cylinders either. They spent over £100m in the summer of 2018 but that couldn’t keep them in the Premier League. Now they bid to become a yo-yo club and return to the top flight at the first attempt. There was good and bad news in the transfer window. Aleksandar Mitrovic stayed and is 6/1 (7.0) to be the top scorer in the Championship this season. However, talented defender Ryan Sessignon left to join Tottenham. It’s 2/1 (3.0) at Bet365 that Fulham win promotion this season.
While Fulham spent last season in the Premier League, Barnsley were busy earning automatic promotion in League One. They are a bit of a yo–yo club too as they won promotion a season after relegation from the Championship. Their new season started with a home game against Fulham and the Yorkshire side ran out 1-0 winners.
It was important for Fulham to get off the mark in their first home game of the season. That’s just what they did with a 2-0 home win over Blackburn Rovers. At least two games have only seen one goal conceded. That’s far better than last season when 81 league goals were conceded.
Away form is going to be vital for Fulham if they want to win promotion. They only won one away league game last season with just five points earned. That only win was at Bournemouth after relegation had already been confirmed. The odds on them getting a win at Huddersfield are 8/5 (2.6) if your wager is placed with Unibet.
Fulham have only lost one of their last 13 games against Huddersfield. That sole defeat was last season when traveling to the Terriers. Both games played between these two teams last season ended 1-0. Five of the last seven meetings have had under 2.5 goals scored in the match. The odds of that stat coming up in this match are 4/5 (1.8) at Ladbrokes.
No major injuries have been reported for this game.
Huddersfield need a win to kick-start their season. They nearly won at QPR last weekend but still seem to be struggling for anything like consistency. Fulham have their away day problems to sort out and it’s hard to back them on the road. The odds on this game ending in a draw with under 2.5 goals in the game are 3/1 (4.0) at Paddy Power.