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Barclays Premier League
Saturday, 22nd December 2018 Kick-off 15:00
Saints At Huddersfield The Preview
Friday, 21st Dec 2018 12:30
Make no mistake this is the biggest game of the season so far, but we go into it better prepared and motivated than at anytime in the last two years.
This won't be an easy game make no mistake, Hudderfield despite their injury problems and poor form will see this game as do or die and they will be prepared to fight tooth and nail to try and beat us.
One thing about them is that they are tight at the back, they have lost the last four only by the odd goal, but their problems are up the other end in scoring them, this doesn't bode well for us in that we leak goals but at times struggle to score them, although the return of Danny Ings not to mention the way that Charlie Austin and Shane Long were used last week suggests that we might be back to scoring form.
Ralph Hasenhuttl will have had another week to get his side that much fitter, that will start to show this week as well as going forward and as Gordon Strachan always used to say a good fit player is better than a good player, tired legs lead to tired minds and in turn poor decision making late in the game.
Ralph seems to have all but Ryan Bertrand fit although he might wish to rest Mario Lemina for another week ready for a tough Xmas programme.
The good thing though is that the Austrian seems prepared to change his team to suit the opponents so it is going to be hard to predict just what line up he will go for this weekend, that has to be good after the predictability of Mark Hughes, who tended to stick with the same core of his team whatever and them make panic selections with the other four places.
Whatever the result in Yorkshire there is still a long way to go this season, a dfeat won't mean we are doomed just as victory won't mean we are safe, but under the new manager you just feel that we are moving in the right direction, we have made some positive changes, things can only get better now and that has to bode well.
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