Saturday 28th April, kick off 3pm at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Everton boss Sam Allardyce feels it has been a job well done from him at Goodison Park, having steered the club to eighth in the table, one position below where they finished in 2016/17.
His style of play has come under fire from the terraces, will it be more of the same today?
They can all-but secure their Premier League survival if they can beat Everton on Saturday.
The Terriers, who were tipped to go down at the start of the season following their promotion from the Sky Bet Championship, are six points clear of the relegation zone with three games to play.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY:
Huddersfield head coach David Wagner on his future: “My day is only 24 hours and I have much more important things to do when you work for this club rather than think about anything else.
“All thoughts are regarding tomorrow [Saturday]. We have to perform against Everton and with a good performance we hope for a good result.”
Everton manager Sam Allardyce, referencing Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: “He’s called the master of defence. I’m seen as defensive and negative.
“It seems to be a running trend. I can cope with that; I do my job to the best of my ability and I’ve always tried to be honest with everyone in how I do it and why I do it.
“We’ve not only achieved the goal [of staying up], we’ve played some extremely entertaining games.” 😂😂🙈
3 Match facts :
Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last five home league games against the blues with a form of (W3 D2), however the the last meeting was in April 1972 (0-0).
Everton last did the league double over Huddersfield in the 1950-51 – which happens to be the last time they were relegated from the top-flight.
Theo Walcott, netted Everton’s winner in the last game, he hasn’t managed to score in consecutive Premier League games since April 2017. Let’s hope today’s the day for new records.
Huddersfield will be without forward Tom Ince, he previously scored the Terriers’ stoppage-time winner in their last game against Watford, But has been ruled out by a hamstring strain.
Everton will make late checks on Morgan Schneiderlin and Leighton Baines.
Schneiderlin has picked up his performances in recent games showing some of the form he displayed when first joining the blues.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks set to miss out.
Also Bolasie looks set to be replaced in the starting line up following some mediocre performances. Who will sam decide to play instead?
Expected team :
Pickford, Baines, jags, Keane , Coleman
Schneiderlin , Gueye, Rooney
Walcott Tosun Vlasic
The final thoughts:
The big question about Everton all season when playing away has been about which side will show up. The hosts will want to lock up the points to guarantee their spot in the Premier League and will be hungrier.
The 2-0 win at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture was Allardyce’s first game in charge (not the win over West Ham, that he wants everyone to believe). Maybe this will be his last.
The fans would dearly love to show some coherence in the side especially when attacking, so there is certainly a possibility a football match could break out, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.