Huddersfield Town host Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship this afternoon in a crucial clash that neither side can really afford to lose.
The Terriers must come into this contest full of confidence after they won 5-0 against a woeful Charlton Athletic side in midweek. David Wagner’s side have only lost once in the last six games, and that was to play-off hopefuls Brentford last month, although they still sit 16th in the league.
Fulham are in an even more precarious position than the hosts.
They have only won once in the last six and are in 19th place, six points above the relegation zone. Another defeat could drag Slavisa Jokanovic’s side into the battle for survival.
Fulham have won just twice away from Craven Cottage this season, and face a Terriers team that have put a good run of form together in the Championship.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies three things to look out for in this afternoon’s match…
1) McCormack and Dembele combination
When an opposing manager sees these two on team sheet, it must give him a few headaches, as they are one of the Championship’s most deadly combinations.
These two have 26 goals between them – McCormack has 15 goals and Dembele has 11.
Both know where the target is, they both have pace, and are incredibly hard to keep out of the game.
Fulham can score goals, but it’s the other end that they have the problems.
Both these players could play at a higher level, and Fulham will face a tough task of keeping hold of them during this window.
2) Scott Parker
Scott Parker has not featured much this season, but new Fulham boss Jokanovic has indicated that Parker’s experience could be a huge benefit to them in this fight for survival.
Parker has made just six appearances for Fulham but, in those six games, has only been on the winning side once.
The former England international midfielder could be vital in helping Fulham stay up this season, starting with the visit to Huddersfield.
3) Nahki Wells
Huddersfield’s top scorer must be licking his lips to get at this leaky Fulham defence.
Wells has netted ten goals in the first half of the season and is hungry for more.
Wells scored a goal in the 5-0 destruction of Charlton but could have had at least one more, but his pace and skill was a constant threat.
Huddersfield fans will hope for more of the same from the 25-year-old striker.
Huddersfield and Fulham fans… What will the score be in this match? Where will your side finish in the table? Who would you like to see come into your club this January? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!