12th January Kick-Off 15:00 Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town
Relegation Favourites Clash
Saturday afternoon, at the Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff City host Huddersfield Town in what should be classified as a relegation battle six-pointer. The only problem is Cardiff have 18 Barclays Premier League points this season compared to Huddersfield’s 10. The way things are looking Huddersfield won’t even collect 18 points all season.
Last Seasons Great Escape
David Wagner, Huddersfield’s 47 year old German manager from Geinsheim am Rhein who masterminded last season’s great escape, used to play as a striker. In 254 games, for 6 not very well known teams, he managed 49 goals. That works out at a goal roughly every 5 games. Following that logic, he’d score 7 in a Premier League season which would make him Huddersfield’s top scorer by a long way! He also played international football for America and didn’t score in 8 games. Huddersfield has 7 strikers listed on their book and between them; they have 1 Premier League goal this season. The prolific Steve Mounie, their 24 year old Benin born striker, scored that rare goal on the on the 2nd January this year during their 1-2 home defeat to Burnley. At least he has a 100% Premier League record in this calendar year so far! It looks like Wagner, and his best mate Jürgen Klopp will be missing out on a couple of meetings next season!
Warnock Has Some Fans!
Meanwhile, ‘no one likes me but I don’t care,’ Cardiff City’s 70 year old Sheffield born manager Neil Warnock is picking up a few fans with his team’s courageous displays. They are currently joint 3rd favourites for the drop on 4/5 with Burnley. Huddersfield are 1/16 and Fulham 8/15. Southampton, currently in the 3rd drop zone, are 6th favourites to go down at 9/2. Cardiff’s home form, apart from recent losses to Spurs and Manchester United, hasn’t been too bad. But this game doesn’t have a goal-feast written all over it.
At the age of 17 Marc started working for the local Echo in Southampton and even made the sports pages himself when selected for Hampshire youth. But a serious back injury, sustained after a car crash on his way back from a party from Bournemouth, put paid to his sporting career. So now he writes about it.