Huddersfield Town will be looking to put some daylight between themselves and the bottom three as they host Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Danny Cowley’s side sit two places and just one point ahead of Saturday’s visitors in a clash that can only be described as a relegation six-pointer at this stage of the season. A win for either side would see a gap between themselves and the bottom three start to form with time slowly running out for teams to save themselves.
And, the Cowley brothers will be looking for a reaction from their side following their West Yorkshire derby defeat to league leaders Leeds United. Goals from Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford had implications at both ends of the Championship table as Leeds managed to drag their rivals back into the relegation conversation.
The Terriers would be disappointed if they were not able to pick up a positive result having won back-to-back home games against Bristol City and Charlton.
Here then, are TWO players who could make a return to the starting line up against the Latics on Saturday…
Mounie has been one of Huddersfield’s best players in front of goal so far this campaign having has scored eight goals in the Championship, and to do so for a side struggling down the bottom is a great achievement. Fraizer Campbell got the nod ahead of him in the West Yorkshire derby but failed to have much of an impact which saw him replaced by the Benin international in the second half.
Mounie is a crucial part of the Cowley system with his physicality and ability to convert half-chances. The tall centre forward is able to hold the ball up which will be vital in the game against Wigan if Town want to get on the front foot and cause the Latics problems on Saturday.
Bacuna has been an impressive member of the Huddersfield squad this season and has provided good end product for Cowley’s side with his five assists so far this campaign. The Dutchman has been deployed in a number of positions this season, having featured in the holding midfield alongside Lewis O’Brien, right back, as well as playing as part of a three behind the Huddersfield Town striker. Bacuna has also shown his ability to find the net having scored on six occasions in the Championship; his eye for goal will be crucial in games against sides down the bottom of the table which will typically be cagey and low scoring ties.
The Dutchman can be described as a luxury player and when he uses his ability he is a threat for any side in the Championship and with Town’s inability to create a huge number of opportunities against Leeds United, he could well find himself lining up for the Terriers on Saturday afternoon.