Brighton v Huddersfield - Tuesday 19:45
Chris Hughton is demanding an immediate response from his Brighton players after they were beaten on home soil for the first time since New Year’s Day. The Seagulls went down 2-0 against Brentford on Saturday, in a game that hinged heavily on the first goal, and leaders Huddersfield look overpriced at 15/4 to follow the Bees’ example and do similar damage.
The long-term outlook remains much the same for the Seagulls and they should be there or thereabouts - sitting above the Terriers - come the end of the season. But they currently lack defensive cohesion, a problem that tends only to breed uncertainty. The whole Dale Stephens saga has been unsettling, while new signing Shane Duffy has yet to develop an understanding with Lewis Dunk.
Huddersfield have been riding their luck in recent matches, scoring late goals against Newcastle, Aston Villa and Barnsley, then falling short of the standards you would ordinarily associate with promotion contenders with sketchy 1-0 wins over Wolves and Leeds. But they’ve got the winning habit and a 60 per cent shot ratio is mightily impressive given who they’ve played.
Once again, the first goal could be pivotal. The Terriers have won their last nine matches when making the breakthrough and there’s added value to be found in the Huddersfield 1-0 and Huddersfield 2-0 correct scores, available at 12/1 and 25/1 respectively.