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Huddersfield vs Plymouth predictions: Strugglers could share the spoils
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Daniel Childs
Huddersfield boss Darren Moore is dealing with a host of injuries
Huddersfield boss Darren Moore is dealing with a host of injuries

- Plymouth have drawn four of their last six Championship fixtures
- Huddersfield have won just one of their last seven home matches
- Recommended bet: Draw

Huddersfield crashed out of the FA Cup with a 5-0 defeat at Manchester City and must now turn their attention to the battle for Championship survival, starting with this weekend’s key clash with Plymouth at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Terriers have won just five of 26 league fixtures and sit just three points above the relegation zone.

Plymouth are four points better off and can be reasonably happy with their progress as they strive to consolidate on last season’s League One title triumph.

Argyle concluded their search for a manager with last Friday’s appointment of Ian Foster and they made a successful start under the new regime by winning 3-1 at home to Sutton United in the FA Cup third round.

Team news

Plymouth goalkeeper Conor Hazard will be eyeing a clean sheet this weekend
Plymouth goalkeeper Conor Hazard will be eyeing a clean sheet this weekend

Huddersfield are stretched with a maximum of nine players at risk of missing out.

Patrick Jones, Kian Harratt (both hamstring), Josh Ruffels (groin), Matty Pearson, Chris Maxwell (both knocks), Danny Ward (leg) and Jonathan Hogg (unspecified injury) are all doubts while Oliver Turton (knee) and Delano Burgzorg (ankle) are expected to miss out.

Plymouth goalkeeper Michael Cooper (knee) is a long-term absentee, so Northern Ireland international Conor Hazard will continue between the sticks.

On-loan midfielder Luke Cundle was recalled to Wolves prior to making a temporary switch to Championship rivals Stoke.

Ashley Phillips could make his Argyle debut after arriving on loan from Tottenham.

The stats

Huddersfield have won just three of their last 21 fixtures, while the Terriers have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 matches and have shipped nine goals across their last two fixtures.

Both teams have scored in eight of Huddersfield’s last 10 league fixtures.

Plymouth have not won any of their last 13 away matches and have drawn four of their last six league games, two of them having finished 3-3.

Argyle are the fifth highest scorers in the division with 43 goals.


Plymouth have shared the points in four of their last six Championship matches and they can hold Huddersfield to a draw at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Argyle’s push for second tier survival has relied heavily on performances at Home Park.

None of Plymouth’s seven wins have come on the road but the Devonians showed some resilience on December trips to QPR and Cardiff where they achieved respective 0-0 and 2-2 draws.

Plymouth’s only loss among their last seven games was a 2-1 reverse at Southampton, so there is no need for their rookie manager, Ian Foster, to undertake dramatic changes of personnel and tactics.

Foster may wish to make one or two additions in January but his team are on a decent run and should provide a stern test to Huddersfield, who appear at greater risk of relegation.

The Terriers have won just three home fixtures all season and they might have to accept a point this weekend.

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