This fixture served up one of the darker days in recent Wolves history back in 2013.
The Terriers won 3-1 courtesy of two late Jermaine Beckford goals and Jamie O’Hara was sent off as we limped towards League One.
Huddersfield themselves were down at the bottom and defeat on that dull Saturday afternoon was one of the low points in a miserable season.
It wasn’t a one-off either. Much like Brighton, they’re a bogey team for Wolves and have won 12 of the last 15 matches between the two sides.
They’ll be hoping to keep up that formidable record, but I don’t think a trip to Molineux is quite as appetising these days.
Although they’re still in the relegation zone things have been looking up for David Wagner of late with 5 points from the last 3 matches.
Fulham were put away to give them a first victory of the campaign, sandwiching hard fought draws against Burnley and West Ham – a game they were leading until late on.
Scoring goals has been a major problem for them and the 6 they’ve mustered thus far is the lowest tally in the top flight.
They’re a wildcard team with a wildcard manager and have turned over a lot of players in the last two or three years. It’s tough to know what to expect from them in any given game.
I think they’re definitely in for a relegation slog, but I don’t think they’re any worse than the other seven teams around them at the wrong end of the table.
The away end
I lifted the following comments from the match thread on a popular Huddersfield town forum.
Just popped into their forum Molineux Mix and they are very, very confident. Comments mainly fall in to the category of ‘We should be beating the likes of Huddersfield’. I think the Wolves fans fall into the category of misplaced arrogance, on a par with Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday. On one thread a poster said we’re not a Premier League club. Oh well! Personally I’m going for 1-1.
We look to have turned the corner in the last couple of games which should give us confidence. They’re an average premier league club as the table proves so we should go there with no fear. They’ve picked up 4 points in their last 5 games which is the same as us. Wolves fans are an arrogant bunch so I wouldn’t pay much attention to them. They have been really lucky with injuries so far with only one player out for a match or more, whereas we’ve been pretty unlucky with 13 injuries so far. Don’t get me wrong they are a decent side with a quality manager, after spending £100m in the summer & a huge wage budget they should be, but we’ve picked up points against better sides in the last couple of seasons so I see no reason we can’t come away with something providing we’re at it. 1-1.
A month ago I’d have had this down as a home banker, but they are starting to struggle after a very impressive start to the season. In contrast, we’ve started to get the results our general level of performance this season has merited. Make no mistake, this is a tough game against a good side, but we are more than capable of getting a result at Molineaux – if we play well. We can’t repeat the poor defensive performance we produced at Watford, but if we press from the front and put them under pressure in possession we can get at them and get a result. Don’t we have a decent recent record against them too? I’m going so I’m hopeful of a good result to back up our good results last week. I reckon the most likely result will be a low-scoring draw. And I’d be happy with that, although I see no reason why, if we replicate our performances from the first halves against Fulham and West Ham, we can’t get a first away win. I just don’t want to see us sitting back like we did at the start of the second half of both those games.
They are better than us and will have this down as a 3 point banker. We are without Zanka and probably the player of the year (so far) on Chris Lowe. I’d take a point.
I can’t believe what some Town fans are saying on here. I’d take a point but I also wouldn’t be surprised if we were comfortably beaten 3 or 4 nil.
We’ve had some good results at Molineux last few seasons we were in same league (I recall watching Beckford getting a couple for us there in a game). They have spent big and I like their manager (if they hadnt got promoted and Wagner had moved on he’d have been on my wish list as a replacement) but we should not fear them, an away point or better is quite achievable if we play like we have recently.
The second half against Spurs and the first half against Arsenal reminded us that this group of players are capable of playing on the front foot against the best sides in the league.
Injuries to Jonny and Doherty are a major setback. The latter will probably still play I suspect, but either way I’m fully expecting Vinagre to get a run in the side.
If Doc doesn’t make it, I would throw caution to the wind and play Traore with a view to getting at Huddersfield and overwhelming them with numbers in attack.
The alternative would probably be to play Bennett out there and bring Dendoncker into the middle, but I think we need more thrust out wide, particularly at home.
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