Brighton and Hove Albion’s downturn in form is seriously denting their chances of finishing in the top six this season.
After that remarkable unbeaten run which saw them top the table for the majority of the first half of the season, Chris Hughton’s side now only have one win in their last eight.
Their 1-0 win against Blackburn Rovers will provide some relief for Hughton, but his side must put together a string of results to prevent them dropping out of the play-off positions.
Huddersfield meanwhile have done the opposite to Brighton.
After having a poor first half of the season where they only picked up six wins, they are beginning to pick up momentum with David Wagner bringing stability.
However, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Reading in midweek, and will be looking to bounce back with a win.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Rafie Thompson identifies three things to look out for in this afternoon’s encounter…
1) Nakhi Wells’ form
The Bermudan forward has been ever-present at Huddersfield Town for nearly three seasons now.
When Wells is playing well, usually that is an indication that the team will do well – he is instrumental to Huddersfield Town.
Having scored nine goals this season, he is the Terriers’ top scorer, and he will be looking to lead Town to victory against an out-of-form Brighton side.
Having scored two in his last three in the league, Wells could definitely make it to double figures this afternoon.
2) Brighton’s chance to put together a run of form
Brighton are at the wrong end of the form table currently.
With only one win in eight after being unbeaten for 22 games, Hughton will be hoping that against Huddersfield today they can pick up back-to-back wins.
If they lose again today, Brighton fans will begin to worry that their season will really suffer, while a win would bring some confidence and security to the fans. It is an extremely important match for the Seagulls.
Hughton’s main aim today will be to instil his players with the confidence that they had in that 22 game unbeaten run.
3) Can Brighton find the net at home?
What Brighton will want to do is get back to scoring ways, as they haven’t netted at the AMEX Stadium in their last three matches.
While they have not been particularly prolific all season, they have dominated games in a unique way. Players were confident that they would score, even if only once.
Putting in a good performance at home will be vital for a positive atmosphere at the club.
Huddersfield will want to take advantage of the fact that the Seagulls have not scored in their last three at home, but they must be careful as Albion could really put in a shift on Saturday.
Brighton and Huddersfield fans… what do you think the score will be? Can Brighton reignite their promotion push? Can Huddersfield keep a clean sheet away at the Amex? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!