This (below) is how the Championship form table looks ahead of Huddersfield v Newcastle.
Brighton are sixth in terms of form over the last half dozen games after Newcastle added a big fat L to their form guide on Tuesday night.
However, no doubt about the importance of Saturday’s game at the Jon Smith’s Stadium as it is third v first in the Championship and first v second when it comes to form.
Huddersfield’s perfect record was spoilt when Barnsley equalised late on last Saturday but their credentials are obvious, having beaten Leeds, Brighton and Reading in the past few weeks.
Likewise, Newcastle have beaten Brighton and picked up three other wins and two draw in this period.
The Magpies gaining 14 points from the last 18, Huddersfield two more with 16.
Extending the formlines further, the last 15 Championship matches have seen Huddersfield pick up 36 points from 45 (11 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat), with Newcastle managing 33 from 45 (10 wins 3 draws and 2 defeats) – Brighton with 32 points from the last 15 games (10 wins, 2 draws, 3 defeats)
Newcastle possibly/probably hold the advantage tomorrow as either a win or draw would be fine but if Brighton won and scores were level at the John Smith’s, Huddersfield would find themselves eight points (and a massive goal difference) behind both the top two, who would have only 11 games remaining – Huddersfield one extra to play.
Championship form table over the past six matches:
Brighton’s last six results with latest one listed first;
Barnsley 1 Huddersfield 1
Huddersfield 1 Reading 0
Rotherham 2 Huddersfield 3
QPR 1 Huddersfield 2
Huddersfield 2 Leeds 1
Huddersfield 3 Brighton 1
Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;
Brighton 1 Newcastle 2
Newcastle 2 Villa 0
Norwich 2 Newcastle 2
Newcastle 1 Derby 0
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