Huddersfield Town are having their best ever start to a season but are heavy underdogs when they face Brighton tonight.
Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town celebrates scoring his team's first goal
Top-of-the-table Huddersfield Town are heading to Brighton for one of their toughest tests yet in a bid to continue the club’s best ever start to a season.
And whilst the bookies have the Terriers pegged as massive underdogs when they face last season’s third best team, this wouldn’t be the first time Town have produced an upset should they come away with a win tonight, having already beaten the likes of Newcastle United.
Here’s what the top team have going for them.
Brighton have had a disappointing start
Despite last season’s playoff bid, Brighton sit mid-table having only won eight points from six games. What’s more, their most recent loss against Brentford ended their 14-match unbeaten streak at home.
Huddersfield Town, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last three away games, including a crucial win against local rivals Leeds United at Elland Road.
Although Brighton managed to beat Huddersfield 2-1 at home last season, five of their last six meetings resulted in draws, and that was before Town Head Coach David Wagner rejuvenated his squad with some young talent.
It’s also difficult to ignore that Town have multiple threats in their offence, having scored nine goals that were netted by nine different players including new talents like Kasey Palmer and Jack Payne.
Aaron Mooy (L) and Jonathan Hogg of Huddersfield Town celebrate at the end of the game
Aaron Mooy is magic
One player on loan to the Terriers who has proved invaluable is Aussie midfielder Aaron Mooy who scored the winner in the derby on Saturday.
The 25-year-old was on international duty for Australia only days before the Leeds United match but showed no signs of jetlag, instead running the game from mid-pitch, with his superior passing range, and scoring his first goal for the squad.
If his form continues, he will be a formidable presence for Brighton to overcome in their match at Falmer Stadium tonight.
Huddersfield Town's Nahki Wells celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates
Huddersfield Town’s players are keeping level heads
Whilst fans and pundits alike might already be talking about the Terriers making a promotion charge, the club are not getting carried away, instead focusing only on one game at a time.
Dutch newcomer, Rajiv van La Parra has urged fans to not get too excited, telling the Huddersfield Examiner: “Of course it’s nice to be up there but we don’t really look seriously at the top of the table.
“It’s still so early in the season and we must take it game by game.”
This kind of humility in the face of such confidence-boosting wins over teams as tough as Leeds and Newcastle United demonstrates the squad isn’t resting on their laurels and will keep putting in the tenacious performances that have seen them four points clear at the top.
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