You have to feel for Huddersfield. Despite a 22-match unbeaten run, that’s half of the matches played in the league this season, the Terriers look set to be edged out of the second automatic promotion spot by Southampton.
Lee Clark’s men are level on points with Saints but have played a game more and so realistically, they have to prevail at champions Brighton this weekend to stay in the hunt, however, it’s the Seagulls that are slight favourites in most places while Huddersfield are as high as 15/8 with William Hill.
Nevertheless, since Gus Poyet’s men secured the League One title they have suffered their first home defeat, against Southampton and then grabbed a point at Colchester so perhaps, to an extent anyway, they already have their minds on their summer holidays.
Huddersfield should get a result then but as Brighton are the division’s best team they pose a significant danger, despite having nothing to play for and so Coral’s 20/19 marked against the Terriers ‘Draw No Bet’ looks a more sensible option.
Southampton can edge closer to the Championship by beating Brentford at Griffin Park, a result 888Sport rate at 4/6 but even in defeat lately, the patchy Bees have made life difficult for their opponents and they can do so again here to ensure the Saints only prevail by one (13/5, bet365).
At the bottom, it’s pretty much win or bust of Walsall in their battle for survival but they can keep the pressure on Notts County by getting the better of Charlton at the Bescot Stadium. William Hill quote the Saddlers at 21/20 and that’s tempting enough given the inconsistency of the Addicks.
Dean Smith’s troops will also be monitoring events at MK Dons, where the play-off chasing hosts are 5/6 (Paddy Power) to see off Notts County.