A solitary strike either way could settle Wednesday's Championship clash at Deepdale.
Preston v Huddersfield - Wedneday 19:45
Few managers study forthcoming opponents in as much detail as David Wagner, so the Huddersfield boss is presumably well aware that Preston have broken the deadlock in each of their last five matches, their breakthroughs timed at 10, 7, 19, 5 and 10 minutes respectively. So let’s assume the first objective for Town will be to weather the opening 20 minutes and build from there.
The German might also be mindful of the fact that North End have a rest advantage of nearly 24 hours and their approach is comparable to Ipswich, where the Terriers bagged a precious 1-0 win prior to the recent international break. Wagner dropped Kasey Palmer for the trip to Portman Road, preferring to have Dean Whitehead holding and pushing Aaron Mooy forward into the number 10 role.
It worked a treat on that occasion. Huddersfield beat the Tractor Boys at their own game, nicking the points from a bruising encounter with a Christopher Schindler set-piece header early in the second half. They were surely settle for something similar here and the value might be with the Draw/Huddersfield half time/full time bet at 11/2 and the 0-1 correct score at 15/2.
Town’s last four away games have all been settled by a solitary strike - two four, two against - with the decisive goal coming after the break in three of them. Only one of their 12 matches has finished in stalemate, but all 11 matches that produced a winner did so by a single-goal margin - the decisive goal arriving beyond the hour mark in six of those encounters.