Wagner maintains survival belief

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner has told his players they have to maintain the belief that they can escape the threat of Premier League relegation this season.

The Terriers lie in 18th place in the table following a damaging 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United, but Wagner says he and his squad simply have to dust themselves down and go again, with Town back in action next Saturday when they host fellow strugglers Southampton.

The German told reporters: "We absolutely have to believe that we can turn this around. There have been 17 games played with not enough points, but we have a lot of games to play where we can show we can turn this.

"If you don't believe, then you shouldn't even start the competition. The most important thing is that we believe and that we get our heads clear for the next challenge.

"It is not easy to keep believing when you have so many defeats, so many narrow defeats where you think do we deserve it, but my part is to keep everyone's heads held high.

"We have to make sure our performances are the same level as they have been. At the moment we are playing very well, consistently, but don't have the right result."

Town can be backed at 15/8 to defeat the Saints, while Huddersfield are 2/1 not to be relegated come the end of the season.

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Jorgensen: Town have to cope

Huddersfield Town defender Mathias Jorgensen says his side will simply have to cope without injured duo Aaron Mooy and Tommy Smith over the busy festive period.

Australia international Mooy, who was scheduled to leave the play for his country at the Asian Cup, has been ruled out for at least two months after suffering medial collateral ligament tear in his right knee during the 1-0 loss at Arsenal last weekend.

Meanwhile, captain Smith sustained a tear to his right hamstring in the same game and will be sidelined for around a month, leaving Jorgensen and his Terriers colleagues to fight on as they aim to move clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Jorgensen told Sky Sports News: "He (Mooy) is, of course, one of our best players and we have got to figure out a way to deal with that.

"But we have played other games without Aaron last year, and this year without some of our stronger players, and we've coped well performance-wise."

Meanwhile Terriers skipper Smith said of his own setback: "Hopefully, it will not be too long until I am back involved and fighting for my spot again.

"It is a small tear in my hamstring, which is unfortunate, but these things happen and I'll come back fitter and stronger."

Town face a crunch home clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, with both meetings of the two sides last season having ended in 1-0 victories for the hosts.

Huddersfield are 13/8 to claim victory this weekend, with a 1-1 draw priced at 5/1 and the Terriers 13/8 to keep a clean sheet.

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Socceroos rocked by Mooy blow

Australia's hopes of defending the Asian Cup next year have been hit by news that Aaron Mooy won't be available.

The star midfielder faces three months out after tearing a medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Mooy has been a regular in the Socceroos side, playing 39 games and scoring five goals since making his debut in 2012.

He's made 28 appearances over the past three years, including every minute of their three games at World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Mooy was hurt in Huddersfield Town's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, although it was initially hoped he had only suffered minor damage.

Huddersfield have now confirmed the former Melbourne City and Western Sydney player will be out until at least the end of February.

The 28-year-old said he was gutted to be missing an important time for club and country.

"We've got a lot of fixtures over the Christmas period at Huddersfield Town, but I back the team to continue our good performances and get the results that we're targeting," he said.

"I'm also sad that this injury will rule me out of the Asian Cup. I'd like to wish the Socceroos all the best as they head to the UAE; I'll be supporting them from afar.

"The hard work on my recovery has already started and I'm looking forward to being back out on the pitch."

The Socceroos, who will name their squad for the tournament later this month, also have fellow midfielder Tom Rogic battling a knee injury.

Australia will start their defence of the title they won in 2015 against Jordan on 5th January in Abu Dhabi.

Australia are 6/1 to win the 2019 Asian Cup and 1/10 to win Group B.

Holding ruled out for the season

Arsenal have confirmed that defender Rob Holding will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury during the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

Holding had to be stretchered from the field nine minutes before half-time at Old Trafford, with subsequent tests showing major damage in the left knee of the 23-year-old former England Under-21 international.

A club statement confirmed: "Further to the injury sustained during the match at Manchester United on Wednesday night, we can confirm that Rob Holding has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

"Rob will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days and the rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months."

Holding had been a regular starter for Arsenal this season, beginning nine Premier League games, as well as four in the Europa League and one in the EFL Cup.

Meanwhile, Gunners head coach Unai Emery has praised summer signing Lucas Torreira for the way he has adapted to English football following his arrival from Sampdoria.

Emery told reporters: "Lucas Torreira has very big qualities in his physical condition and I want every player to be okay to play Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday with a big performance in their physical condition – as well as tactically and also technically.

"With Lucas Torreira I think this quality he has is very high."

Arsenal welcome Huddersfield Town to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with the hosts having won this fixture 5-0 last season.

The Gunners are 2/7 to take all three points again on Saturday and are 6/1 to claim a 2-0 victory, with leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available at 1/2 to score at any time against the Terriers.

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Wagner patient in goals search

Huddersfield boss David Wagner says he will remain patient with his players while admitting they need to score more goals.

The Terriers have lost their last two Premier League games, at home to Brighton and away to Bournemouth leaving them just a point above the bottom three.

Hampering them in their bid to escape from relegation trouble is their worrying lack of goals, they have scored just 10 in 15 league games, the worst in the league.

As they look for their first points of December, away at Arsenal on Saturday, Wagner says he is staying patient.

He told a press conference: "I will be [patient], in the future as well. They are aware, as we all are, that we need goals from our strikers. This is the truth over the season and they have some further games to go to produce these goals.

"They have their chances, they create their chances sometimes for themselves, and now it's all about putting the ball in the net.

"So I still will be patient, I think anything else makes no sense even if we all know we need more goals from our strikers as we need goals from the other positions as well."

Huddersfield are 10/1 to win at the Emirates Stadium with the Gunners 1/4 and the draw 19/4.

Wagner also told the press conference that, though the January transfer window is fast approaching, it wasn't in his thoughts and he was focused on the players already at his disposal.

Huddersfield last beat Arsenal in 1971 and the last time they beat them in London was back in 1954.

The Terriers are 4/7 to be relegated while they are 100/1 to recover and finish in the top half of the Premier League.

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Howe hoping to down Town

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe wants to see a big reaction from his players when they play host to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening.

The Cherries have lost their last four Premier League games, though has now been too disheartened by the performances – with three of those defeats coming at the hands of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.

The 2-1 loss at Newcastle United, however, did bother Howe, who is desperate to see his team get back on track against the Terriers.

He told reporters: "I think, collectively, the spirit is still very good and this game will be massive for us. We need to show that our confidence hasn't dipped in any way.

"Four defeats (in a row) doesn't sit well with us. Throughout the season you're always going to have those moments unfortunately. That's just the reality of the division.

"The Newcastle game was a big frustration because we didn't get the performance or the result, but I think in the other three we have been relatively happy with a lot of what's happened.

"We just haven't quite been clinical enough or defended well enough in key moments, but a lot of positives to take from those games."

Bournemouth are set to be without Dan Gosling as he is struggling with a knee problem, but fellow midfielder Jefferson Lerma is back in contention after serving a one-match suspension.

Last season the Cherries won this fixture 4-0 and they are 3/4 to claim all three points again on Tuesday, with a 2-0 home victory available at 15/2.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth can be backed at 4/6 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

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Wagner aims to keep run going

David Wagner has indicated that Mathias Zanka will return to Huddersfield Town's side for Saturday's Premier League match against Brighton.

Zanka was suspended for last weekend's excellent 2-0 victory at Wolves but Wagner has suggested that he will change a winning team and bring the Denmark international back into his starting line-up.

Chris Lowe will definitely miss the match while Terence Kongolo and Laurent Depoitre are doubts because of injuries.

Wagner is keen to extend his side's three-match unbeaten run which has left them at 8/11 to be relegated this season. Meanwhile, the Terriers are 6/4 to beat Brighton and 11/8 to keep a clean sheet against Chris Hughton's side.

"We will fight and work for everything to extend this run, that's our aim," said Wagner.

"It's a difficult task in front of us, like we've seen very often against Brighton, and for this we will be prepared. We are aware we have a big, big chance to get another result against them.

"If Zanka's fit and if Friday's training is fine, then I expect he will be back in the starting XI again.

"Unfortunately, Terence Kongolo is a doubt at the minute and Laurent Depoitre has a groin problem.With all the fixtures that are in front of us in December, we have to keep this in our head and have to be careful to use him only if he's healthy.

"Chris Lowe will miss Saturday's game, for sure."

Murray an inspiration to Seagulls

Brighton boss Chris Hughton suggests the enthusiasm and desire of veteran striker Glenn Murray is 'an inspiration' to the rest of his squad.

Murray is now 35-years-old but is showing no signs of slowing down. He has already scored seven Premier League goals this term and recently notched the 100th goal of his Brighton career in a one-goal win over Wolves at the Amex Stadium.

Murray's form has been central to Brighton's impressive start in their second season of top-tier football and Hughton has hailed the contribution of the frontman.

"I don't know if astounded is the word but it is unusual for someone of Glenn's age to be as regularly fit as he is and to be scoring goals at the highest level.

"The reasons are obvious to us, he has a great desire to continue playing and to score goals.

"It is one thing saying that, but he is doing it."

Murray is 11/2 to score the opener in this weekend's trip to Huddersfield, a game Brighton are 12/5 to win. The work ethic he shows continues to thrill his boss and set an example for his teammates.

"He will always inspire. He looks after himself very well and he is not just one of those ones who just scores goals, he has to put a shift in for the team.

"He is a great example for any young player."

Brighton are now 9/1 to be relegated this season and, going into the weekend 12th in the table, Hughton couldn't be happier with their start to the season.

Despite staying up last year, the ex-Ireland international isn't about to rest on his laurels or take anything for granted.

"The level of competition is very high. We are more experienced but I never felt the season would be easier than last year," he added.

"We still have to fight for every result, we are not going to have comfortable wins. The challenges are always there."

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Nuno seeks maximum performance

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has told his Wolves players that they need to cut out the mistakes which have proved costly in recent Premier League outings.

Having secured a return to the top-flight by storming to the Championship title last season, the men from Molineux made a flying start to life back amongst the elite of English football.

However, having earned 15 points from their opening eight games, Wolves have lost four of their last five, including a dismal 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town last time out.

And Nuno accepts that his side need to do much better, starting with their trip to Cardiff City on Friday evening.

He told reporters: "Credit to Huddersfield, but clearly it was a very bad performance from us, individually and collectively as a team. There were too many mistakes.

"We are not in a good moment. It is very poor, five games and just one draw. There were a couple of good performances, some bad, and we go and see where we can improve.

"We don't distinguish opponents. There is no such thing as playing against the Premier League champions and saying it is okay to play bad and lose.

"There is no such thing as different approaches to games. The idea is always to compete at the maximum level and try to win."

Wolves can be backed at 6/5 to take all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday evening, with the draw available at 23/10, while the Midlanders are 50/1 to be relegated come the end of the season.

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Nundo seeks maximum performance

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has told his Wolves players that they need to cut out the mistakes which have proved costly in recent Premier League outings.

Having secured a return to the top-flight by storming to the Championship title last season, the men from Molineux made a flying start to life back amongst the elite of English football.

However, having earned 15 points from their opening eight games, Wolves have lost four of their last five, including a dismal 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town last time out.

And Nuno accepts that his side need to do much better, starting with their trip to Cardiff City on Friday evening.

He told reporters: "Credit to Huddersfield, but clearly it was a very bad performance from us, individually and collectively as a team. There were too many mistakes.

"We are not in a good moment. It is very poor, five games and just one draw. There were a couple of good performances, some bad, and we go and see where we can improve.

"We don't distinguish opponents. There is no such thing as playing against the Premier League champions and saying it is okay to play bad and lose.

"There is no such thing as different approaches to games. The idea is always to compete at the maximum level and try to win."

Wolves can be backed at 6/5 to take all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday evening, with the draw available at 23/10, while the Midlanders are 50/1 to be relegated come the end of the season.

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