STAR PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town v Fulham

The record of relegated teams in the Championship is not all that bad but Huddersfield and Fulham have both had minor jitters so far this season and already tonight’s game has the feel of a six-pointer.

Ahead of the new season, there was hope that Huddersfield might enjoy a fresh start under new manager Jan Siewert, but that has not proven to be the case. The Terriers are winless in three games this season and an exit to Lincoln in the first round of the EFL Cup was not the confidence booster that was needed.

That was a changed team but their Championship performances haven’t impressed so far. Derby County looked far superior at times in the first half of their opener here and then QPR had the better for large parts of their 1-1 draw last Saturday despite the fact Huddersfield led until the 83rd minute.

Huddersfield Town v Fulham
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(Maximum 10 matches, past 10 years)
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Fulham 1-0 Huddersfield
NOV 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Huddersfield 1-0 Fulham
APR 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Huddersfield 1-4 Fulham
OCT 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 5-0 Huddersfield
JAN 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Huddersfield 1-1 Fulham
AUG 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 1-1 Huddersfield
MAR 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Huddersfield 0-2 Fulham
NOV 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 3-1 Huddersfield
APR 2001 DIVISION ONE Huddersfield 1-2 Fulham
NOV 2000 DIVISION ONE Fulham 3-0 Huddersfield

Fulham’s start wasn’t much better – they did not deserve a win from their opener against Barnsley when they struggled to get their forward line into the game – but they were better in a 2-0 win against Blackburn. Fulham looked shaky to start with but their two goals came from quality players in the shape of Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Particularly influential was the performance in midfield of Harry Arter, who could prove very important to Fulham’s plans this season but, in general, manager Scott Parker will be happy that Ivan Cavaleiro got more involved in the game as well.

It’s clear that neither of these two sides have managed to hit top form just yet – and it’s early days – things are clearly more positive around Fulham, who have the greater quality on paper. These two traded 1-0 home wins when in the Premier League but Fulham finished 10 points clear of them over 38 games and they can claim a crucial early win here.

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