Wagner over the moon after win

David Wagner has admitted that Huddersfield Town took a big step towards safety by beating Watford 1-0 on Saturday.

A humdrum match of few clear-cut openings seemed certain to end goalless until Tom Ince's dramatic stoppage-time goal and it left the Terriers at 1/7 not to be relegated this season.

Ince steered home Mathias Jorgensen's cutback to send the home fans into raptures at the John Smith's Stadium.

It was Town's first victory in six Premier League games and lifted them seven points clear of the bottom three.

"It was a very emotional moment for everybody who supports Huddersfield," said Wagner afterwards. "I am delighted for the players, I am absolutely over the moon.

"I am so pleased for our supporters as well – they really pushed the players the whole time and then the players gave them something to cheer about.

"It will be a really great night in Huddersfield because it was a big step, for sure it was, even if we know the job isn't done."

Huddersfield are 17/10 to beat Everton on 28th April, while Southampton are now 4/9 to be relegated this season and Stoke City 1/8.

Hogg on course to face Hornets

Huddersfield Town have been handed a major boost as they attempt to avoid relegation as Jonathan Hogg has been able to return to training.

The 29-year-old former Aston Villa and Watford midfielder was injured during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Brighton and it had been feared that he would not play again this season.

However, he is in contention to face Watford this weekend. The Terriers can be backed at 8/5 to beat Javi Gracia's team while they are available at 4/7 not to be relegated this term.

Meanwhile, Town boss David Wagner thinks tis weekend's game will be crucial to his side's hopes of avoiding the drop.

The German said: "We feel fine and have the feeling everything is prepared and everyone is excited, focused and have their heads up.

"At Brighton when we were 1-0 down we showed great character, which we have always down while I have been here.

"We know we have a massive chance in front of our own crowd this weekend and we are ready and will be prepared as seriously as we can. Of course, survival will not be achieved, but it will be a massive step towards it if we beat them.

"I have to say everything I have got from the players this season has been outstanding and I am so proud of what they have done so far."

Doucoure still has drop fears

Abdoulaye Doucoure is concerned that Watford may be plunged back into relegation danger if they lose to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The Hornets are nine points clear of the drop-zone but have only picked up one point from the last 12 on offer and threw away a one-goal lead against Burnley on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 by Sean Dyche's side.

Not for the first time this season, Watford defended poorly at set-pieces as the Clarets hit back to win the Vicarage Road clash thanks to goals by Sam Vokes and Jack Cork.

Doucoure said: "We are very disappointed because we were ahead in the game and scored, but in two minutes we lost the game.

"We have to learn because the Burnley match was very important and we needed to win it so we have to go to the next game and get the points.

"Every game is very important and Huddersfield is a massive game for us. We have five games left now, so we have to take points to be safe."

Watford can be backed at 9/5 to beat Huddersfield, who drew 1-1 at Brighton Saturday. The Terriers are 11/8 to be relegated this term, while Watford are 200/1 to go down.

Wagner believes in miracles

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner says it will be a miracle if the Terriers can avoid being relegated from the Premier League this season.

With five games of the season remaining Town are 16th in the table, four points clear of the bottom three, before Southampton visit Arsenal on Sunday.

Huddersfield fought back to draw 1-1 at Brighton on Saturday and are currently 5/4 to be relegated this season, while Saints are 11/10 to go down and Swansea City 6/1.

Wagner said: "Our promotion last season was a fairytale; this season, if we survive, for me, this is another level.

"This would be a miracle, and the players are five games away from completing this miracle.

"These players, we have all together represented Huddersfield Town as a football club in the Premier League, where we compete against multi-billionaires and against countries.

"I'm so happy that we still have the chance to make this miracle happen."

Huddersfield had been tipped to make an immediate return to the Championship following their play-off success 11 months ago.

Hughton wants points quickly

Brighton must get their Premier League safety ensured quickly ahead of a tough end to the season, admits Chris Hughton.

The Seagulls go into this weekend in 13th place, with six points to spare on the relegation zone.

They face a big game on Saturday as 16th placed Huddersfield arrive at the Amex Stadium. Getting three points could be vital for Hughton's men.

Brighton will play all of the current top three in their final three games of the season, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool in the space of just nine days.

His side are 17/20 to win on Saturday and the importance of getting points in their next three before that daunting finish isn't lost on Hughton.

"It's a difficult end to the season, but an exciting one as well. Yes, it does put a little bit more pressure on other results," he admitted.

"What we want to do is get the points that we need to make sure that we stay in this division as quick as possible."

Huddersfield are 15/4 for victory at the Amex, which would see them draw level with their hosts, while the draw is 12/5.

While their finish is going to be tough, Hughton says there won't be a defeatist attitude from Brighton as they look to extend their stay in the top flight.

"I don't think you can afford to go into any game thinking you can't get a result. That's the way we've been throughout the season and that's the way we'll continue to be," he added.

"Of course there are only a certain amount of games left where we are at home. I think it puts a bit more pressure on because it's a home game and we all know what's at stake."

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It’s Tough at the Bottom in Premier League Betting

Can you stand the pressure? It doesn’t get a lot hotter than at this time of the season, and particularly if you’re in or around the bottom three.

If you’ve been keeping up with the relegation betting odds then you’ll know the Baggies are on their way out but which two are set to join them is way up in the air. The popular early season football prediction condemned Huddersfield from the outset but the Terriers are still in with a decent shout and fighting for their lives.


Brighton & Hove Albion vs Huddersfield Town

Chris Hughton’s Brighton need two more wins to get to the magical 40 point mark while the Terriers are three points above the drop. David Wagner has received plenty of accolades for the way he’s kept Huddersfield in the hunt but, with one point from four games, there is still a mountain to climb.

Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur

After holding out for 75 minutes 19th-placed Potters thought they had a sniff of a point against Arsenal last week, only to lose 3-0. So meeting the Gunners’ North London rivals isn’t the ideal recovery plan, particularly as Spurs went to Stamford Bridge last week to beat Chelsea 1-3 and record a fourth consecutive away win.

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace

The Cherries look all but safe on 37 points but the Eagles are right in the thick of it, clinging on to the invaluable 17th place after a run of five defeats in six. Roy Hodgson picked them up from a dire position and has the talent, in Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, to see the job through, but they’ll gladly take a point here.

West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City

Poor Alan Pardew has gone; and so have the Baggies by the way, ten points from safety, one win in 30 and needing six from their last six to survive. It’s not going to happen but a team with nothing to play for can be dangerous. The Swans still desperately need the points, in 15th and just three above the trapdoor.

Watford FC vs Burnley

Not even Burnley’s biggest fan would have expected them to be in the top seven, as they have been for nearly the entire season. Three back-to-back wins have given the Clarets a good chance of Europa football, while the Hornets season is fizzling out in 11th, but they do have a sting at home.

Leicester City vs Newcastle United

At the beginning of the season this would have looked like a gentle mid-table clash, but it has only just become so as the Magpies, who’ve been in the relegation mix all season, have taken ten points from five to fly to virtual safety. The cunning Foxes did their usual trick of starting badly, sacking their boss and then scurrying up the table!


Arsenal vs Southampton

Southampton put in an abject display at the London Stadium last week, much to the Hammers’ delight, andt that leaves Mark Hughes’ team in a real pickle. Anything less than a win at the Emirates and the Saints stay in the bottom three. The Arsenal natives are restless, but they have won the last four in all competitions.

Chelsea vs West Ham United

Defeat to Spurs has left Chelsea with a huge eight point gap to bridge if they are to reach the top four. Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic inspired the Hammers to a much needed win last week, after suffering a run of heavy defeats, but they still have work to do to steer clear of trouble.

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Season over for Kachunga

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner has revealed that the ankle injury Elias Kachunga picked up at the weekend has ended the striker's season.

The 25-year-old will miss the final six games of the campaign as the Terriers attempt to avoid making an immediate return to the Championship. They are currently available at 8/11 not to be relegated this season.

Kachunga sustained the injury during Saturday's defeat at Newcastle United and had to be substituted in the 56th minute following a strong tackle by Kenedy.

A scan has revealed that Kachunga sustained significant damage to the ligaments of his right ankle. It had been last season's top scorer's first start since he sustained a knee injury against Watford in mid-December.

Wagner said: "Everyone is absolutely gutted for him because we have all seen how hard he worked to get back to fitness after the knee injury he picked up late last year. For this to happen to him so soon again is cruel.

"We will give him all the support we can as he recovers, and I know he will do everything he can to be back as soon as possible.

"We have six very exciting games left to play this season and, although he is disappointed and angry now, Elias will still be a big part of the group as we battle to secure our Premier League place for next season. He's an amazingly positive character."

Huddersfield are 15/4 to beat mid-table Brighton this weekend.

Rafa targets Terriers scalp

Rafael Benitez says Newcastle can take a "big step" towards survival by beating Huddersfield on Saturday.

The Magpies appeared in trouble during the winter months but one defeat in their last six has moved them four points clear of the bottom three.

Unbeaten in six at home, they welcome the Terriers to Tyneside on Saturday and will be eyeing revenge after losing 1-0 in West Yorkshire back in August.

The Terriers have failed to win any of their last three and another succesful afternoon for the hosts will only boost their survival hopes, while simultaneously putting David Wagner's side in deep trouble.

Newcastle are 4/5 to win on Saturday, with the draw 27/10 and Wagner's men 4/1.

Benitez's team currently sit on 32 points and the Spaniard insists that 40 remains his target for the campaign.

With eight games to go, Rafa acknowledges a victory against Huddersfield would see his side edge even closer to survival.

He is anything but complacent though, insisting his team need to be wary of Saturday's opponents.

"If we win, it will be a big step," he said. "I say 40 points is the figure, but it may be less. We have to play, we have to win and after that, we have to keep fighting.

"When you are getting close to the end, these games are even more important. For us, it's a massive game, but also for them. We have to give the fans something to cheer about. High tempo, score an early goal. It becomes easier and better for everyone in the stadium.

"Huddersfield are aggressive, they press. They can also wait for the right time. They have a mentality of going for games if they can and it will be interesting to see how we manage."

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Wagner: We can smell safety

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner is optimistic about the chances of the 15th-placed Terriers avoiding relegation this season.

Town have seven games left and face a crunch clash against Newcastle United this weekend. Huddersfield are 4/1 to beat the Magpies and 4/7 not to be relegated this season.

Wagner has confirmed that defender Terence Kongolo is fit again after a hip injury while striker Aaron Mooy and midfielder Philip Billing are set to train on Friday despite picking up minor injuries while on international duty.

Wagner said: "It's a very exciting game against Newcastle. We are in the most exciting period of the season and entering the last few yards. We have very good memories at St James' Park.

"The supporters have backed this team and this football club on an unbelievable level. We smell that we have a chance to stay up. It's a case of excitement for us.

"We are all working towards staying in the Premier League. Everything is so tight, it's the first time the race to survive is so tight, and there will be twists and turns."

Huddersfield beat Newcastle in West Yorkshire 1-0 in the second game of the season in August with Mooy's second-half strike proving to be decisive. The Australian is 11/2 to score at any time in Saturday.

Wagner demands calmer approach

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner says he knows exactly where his team went wrong during Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

The Eagles won the crucial encounter in West Yorkshire thanks to goals by James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic and they are now 13/2 to be relegated from the Premier League this season, while Huddersfield are 11/8 to go down.

The Terriers are 15th but just three points above the relegation zone and their next two games are away to Newcastle United and Brighton, 25/1 to be relegated.

"It is a defeat that I am able to deal with because I know exactly where we went wrong," Wagner said afterwards.

"We were not good enough in ball possession, we gave the ball away too easily and were not calm enough.

"We rushed too many situations from my point of view. (We are better) where we can be calm enough and circulate the ball rather than too immediately penetrate and pass forward. You have to wait for the right moments to take risks.

"It's important how you manage defeats and a disappointment like this. The good thing is that we know what we have done wrong and what we need to put right."