Huddersfield Take On Derby In Championship Clash
The Championship is back in our lives, with a series of entertaining games kicking off what can only be described as a really unpredictable season that we have ahead of ourselves. That tends to be the case in English football’s second tier more often than not, but here, it seems to be particularly evident. There are so many teams that will be attempting to force their way into the top six discussion, and as you can probably tell, many of them are going to fail as the realisation of the Championship’s overwhelming competitiveness starts to sink in. Still, that’s part of the fun, right?
Huddersfield made the wrong kind of history last season, as they were relegated from the Premier League in 20th position with just 16 points to their name. While that isn’t the all-time low record, with their opponents Derby holding that accolade, it certainly isn’t the kind of result you want. For tomorrow night’s game the expectation is that Kamil Grabara will be making his debut in goal, with Bockhorn being tipped to feature. Diakhaby and Mbenza are also both on the verge of starting the game, with Karlan Grant awaiting his chance to shine for the Terriers.
Derby County were able to sneak into the playoff positions under the tutelage of Frank Lampard, and in the playoffs, they managed to come from behind and beat Leeds United in their semi-final. In the final, however, they fell short at the final hurdle as Aston Villa defeated them at Wembley to gain promotion back to the Premier League. For this game, the expectation is that Marriott and Holmes will both miss out through injury. George Thorne is also on the shelf, whereas Shinnie is being tipped to get a start. Either way, though, they’ve got a decent bit of strength in depth.
Huddersfield vs Derby Betting Prediction
Derby still have some rebuilding to do before they can be viewed as contenders at the top of the Championship again, whereas it feels like Huddersfield are gradually starting to make some progress towards being a top six side – after their relegation last season, that is. We can see the Rams conceding early on and then getting frustrated, as their lack of opportunities (and lack of attacking prowess) catches up to them. It isn’t going to be a whitewash by any stretch of the imagination, but Derby fans won’t be leaving feeling all too happy here.