David Wagner “We are favourites? Where have you heard this?”
David Wagner has been trying to play down expectations in the lead up to Sunday’s game.
Defeat for Newcastle at home to Spurs and a surprise 3-0 away win for Huddersfield at Palace, has led the bookies to make the home side more likely to win than either a Newcastle victory or a draw. Bookies making it 6/4 Huddersfield and 85/40 Newcastle.
David Wagner reacting to those odds with ‘We are favourites? Where have you heard this?’
Rather than underdogs, the Terriers have now caught the eye and Wagner says ‘It is a crazy world where Huddersfield are favourites in the Premier League’.
The Huddersfield boss says he is just happy his team have a chance of winning and says that despite Rafa Benitez losing three players due to the Spurs game, it will make no difference to the quality Newcastle will bring.
“We are favourites? Where have you heard this?”
“It is a crazy world where Huddersfield Town are favourites in the Premier League.
“This game (v Newcastle) is totally open in my opinion – the only important thing is that we have a chance.
“The perfect scenario, at home for the first time in the Premier League and we feel we have a chance.
“It is not an extraordinary chance or a big, big chance….but all we can ask for is a chance, and we have that.
“Crystal Palace was the perfect result for us and a good performance, helping us to have more belief and more confidence.
“We are not experienced in this division, so it’s more important we have quick points on the board.
“It was important to show we can be competitive and then, hopefully, we can show this again against Newcastle.
“We have to be at our best and we have to try and make it as uncomfortable as we can for them.
“Our preparation is about intensity and winning battles all over, that’s what you want.
“We will have to produce that again, because it doesn’t matter if Newcastle have to make three changes, they have high quality players in their squad to come in.
“It is still a Rafa Benitez team that will be very good and very organised, they will have a good shape and be difficult to break down and this doesn’t change, so we will have to be very good in our details.”
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