Newcastle face another top of the table clash this Saturday with a trip to South Yorkshire to face a Huddersfield side who are making an unlikely tilt for promotion to the Premier League.
Terriers head coach David Wagner is a passionate man and his spat with Leeds United manager Garry Monk last month is testament to that, however, that resulted in the German being handed a two-match touchline ban meaning he will be absent from the dugout for the Magpies visit on Saturday.
However, that hasn’t stopped him from warning Newcastle that they are coming to a fortress and face an atmosphere to rival any away day they have previously faced this season.
Wagner spoke after his side lost to Manchester City in the FA Cup and had this to say to reporters: –
“I have no question that the supporters will create an atmosphere that will be the best we have ever seen at the John Smith’s stadium and this is exactly what we need to play against a top of the table Newcastle United.”
Huddersfield have been defying the odds this season and sit third in the Championship just eight points behind Rafael Benítez’s side and pose a very real threat to the Magpies’ title charge.
Most football betting predictions will swing towards a Newcastle away win as they have had the extra day’s rest, despite Wagner making it clear that the John Smiths stadium will be an intimidating experience.
Current form suggests this will be a close game with Huddersfield unbeaten in their last seven league games, whilst Newcastle have gone nine games without suffering a loss. Expert tipsters like https://footballpredictions.com/ predict a 2-2 draw in this game between two evenly matched teams.
Newcastle are also heavily buoyed by their late win over title rivals Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night and will be eager to end another potential challenger’s assault on their desired throne.
Goals have also been the Magpies’ forte whereas Huddersfield have been less prolific in putting the ball in the back of the net.
Newcastle have 22 more goals this season than their weekend rivals and that could be the deciding factor, with the hosts also holding a far inferior defensive record against their counterparts.
All of this should make for great action with Newcastle’s natural ability to smother a team. Dwight Gayle may even return to the side after injury has been a burden over the last few weeks.
Despite missing the last few weeks, Gayle still sits joint top of the scoring charts in the division with Leeds’s Chris Wood on 20 goals.
Gouffran played as a makeshift striker against Brighton on Tuesday night but Gayle’s impeding return will be a major boost for all involved with the Magpies.
By contrast, Huddersfield’s main striking threat has come from German Elias Kachunga, who has half the amount of goals as Gayle this season.
There can be no doubt that the John Smiths will be rocking in front of the sky cameras on Saturday evening in a tie that the whole of football will have an eager eye on.
Newcastle will head into the game as favourites but expect David Wagner to still make his presence felt from the stands and do his utmost to upset the apple cart.