Huddersfield take on the visitors Luton in the second leg of English Championship playoffs semifinal. The first leg result: 1-1. The match will be played on Monday, May 16th at John Smith’s Stadium (Huddersfield).
In recent years, Huddersfield have been giving its fans big range of emotions. First, David Wagner was able to unexpectedly lift, and then keep the “terriers” in the Premier League. But for the 2nd year in a row in the Premier League, the strength of the ex-newcomer was not enough, and in 2020 a relegation followed without a chance to catch on. Moreover, the Championship was almost passed by “transit”. But it turned out to cling to the saving 20th place. In the new draw, the results almost doubled: Carlos Corberan’s wards scored almost 2 times more points, 82 against 49. This was not enough to get a direct ticket to the Premier League – not only Fulham had more, but also ” Bournemouth”. Now you need to fight for the last ticket through the playoffs. As the 3rd team of the regular season, Huddersfield got the opportunity to play with a potentially weaker opponent.
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Luton for the first time in a long time gets a chance to remind themselves. The last peak was the 80s of the last century, when they managed to play for many years in the country’s top division, and even took possession of the League Cup. But then there was a decline, and even a relegation to the 5th, semi-professional division of the country. But it turned out relatively quickly to return to the Championship. Further, however, the results actually froze, the club kept in the middle of the standings. So it was in the last draw – only 12th place. But now a qualitative breakthrough has come out: it was the wards of Nathan Jones who closed the top 6 in the 2021/2022 championship.
Draw on Friday should not be surprising, it was 4th in the last 5 fights between rivals. But this season, Huddersfield managed to win the regular season at home with a score of 2-0. Huddersfield have lost a number of players: Aarons, Vallejo, Pearson, Scofield, Sorba and possibly O’Brien is injured. But Luton also has enough personnel problems: Osho, Ruddock, Steeler, Shay flew out. Bookmakers consider Huddersfield to be the favorite of the pair. But just in case, you can play it safe, so we bet on the victory of the hosts with a handicap.