Huddersfield’s horror season showed no signs of letting up last weekend as they were condemned to a 4-0 thrashing away to Spurs, extending their***n to six defeats on the bounce and keeping them firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.
Of course, there’s no chance of escape from the bottom three now, but The Terriers will at least be hoping to regain some pride in the closing stages of the season. Unfortunately for them, there just seems to be no way out of their current***n of form.
Huddersfield have lost a massive 26 of their 34 league games so far, and 19 of those have come in their last 21 matches. Even at home they have lost nine of their last 10 Premier League matches, so it’s actually difficult to see them picking up any more points before the season is over.
Watford, on the other hand, are racing for a 7th place finish in the top flight. A disastrous few minutes which saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score and Troy Deeney sent off resigned them to a somewhat undeserved defeat at home to Arsenal last time out, but even with this they are just a point adrift of 7th place.
Admittedly, the Hornets haven’t had the best results recently. However, they may have lost four of their last six league games but all of those defeats have come against teams in the Premier League top six. Javi Gracia’s side haven’t lost to a team in the bottom 14 since a 2-0 defeat at Leicester back at the start of December.
Away from home Watford have had to endure a really tough***n of fixtures lately, but if you discount their trips to top six teams they have won three of their last five matches on the road. On Saturday they’re coming up against the worst home record in the top flight, so this is a great opportunity for them to get back on track.
To say this is a major ask of Porto would be a big understatement. The Primeira Liga side have a two goal lead to overturn and they have to do it against a team they have never won against. On top of that, the very same team beat them at this same venue by five a year ago. Circumstances have changed and that means that sort of beating won't be delivered, but there is very little chance of a shock win being on the cards for the hosts. Especially one that would see them go through on aggregate.