Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has revealed his thoughts on Huddersfield Town’s visit to Deepdale to face Preston North End on Saturday.
Alex Neil remains in charge of Preston after much speculation about his future and has led his side to second in the Championship after 15 games–two points back from leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Paul Gallagher’s second-half penalty was enough to help the Whites earn three points against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
What will the result be at Deepdale on Saturday?
They now welcome on-the-up Huddersfield to Deepdale, where they’re unbeaten in the league this season.
Danny Cowley has done a fantastic job with the Terriers since taking over in October and his impressive start earned him the manager of the month award.
Under the new boss, the Yorkshire side have climbed out of the relegation places and will now have their eyes on putting some real distance between them and the drop zone.
Cowley’s men picked up an impressive three points against Brentford on Saturday–extending their unbeaten run to seven games–but they look set to face a tougher test when they face Preston.
Writing on the Sky Sports website, Prutton suggested it will be too much for the Terriers to handle–predicting a 2-1 win to the hosts.
He said: “Preston have underlined their credentials as genuine promotion contenders in the last couple of games. Their result at Charlton on Sunday proved they can be the ugly side and get wins on the road.
“Huddersfield are sauntering towards mid-table under Danny Cowley. From a team that didn’t know how to win they now look like they don’t know how to lose. But Preston are in such good form at the minute, I just can’t go against them.”
If Prutton is correct, Neil’s side could go top of the Championship should results elsewhere go their way.
A win for Huddersfield could see them put seven points between themselves and the bottom three, while defeat would likely mean they slip back into the relegation battle.
It’s tough to argue with Prutton here. Huddersfield have made an impressive turnaround under Cowley but Preston look a really strong side, especially at Deepdale.
Manchester City are the only side to beat them at home this season, while they’ve picked up 20 points from a possible 24 in the Championship.
Neil’s side have outclassed the majority of teams that visited Deepdale this season and I can’t see this being any different.