Brentford’s Marcus Forss, left, challenges for the ball with Leicester’s Timothy Castagne during the English FA Cup fourth round soccer match between Brentford FC and Leicester City at Brentford Community stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
- Huddersfield entertains Brentford in the EFL Championship on Saturday, April 3, KO 8:30 am EST
- On Matchday 39, Brentford desperately need a win against struggling Huddersfield
- We preview the game, look at the odds, and offer a best bet below
There is plenty to play for at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday when Huddersfield entertains promotion-chasing Brentford on April 3, KO 7:30 am EST. For the Bees, there is still a chance of automatic promotion, while for the Terriers, there is still a chance they could get drawn into the relegation battle.
Read on to see the odds and our best bet for this EFL Championship match.
Huddersfield vs Brentford Odds
|Matchup||Spread||Moneyline||Total at DraftKings|
|Huddersfield vs Brentford||HUD +1 (-210) | BRE +1 (+165)||HUD +335 | DRAW +245 | BRE -120||Ov 2.5 (+104) | Un 2.5 (-129)|
All odds as of April 2
The Terriers Still With Work to Do
For Huddersfield, this campaign has been one of inconsistency. They currently sit in 18th in the Championship, four places and seven points clear of the drop zone, but a run of just two wins in their last 16 Championship games has seen them dragged back into the relegation fight.
The Terriers have, however, recently shown signs of a mini-revival and have collected six points from their last four games, in the process giving their under-fire coach Carlos Corberan some much-needed breathing space. This improvement has come off the back of an improved defensive resolve, which had seen them concede just one goal in their last three games. Prior to this mini-run, they had gone 15 games without a clean sheet.
📸 Some memorable wins over Brentford#htafc pic.twitter.com/szcvuVLcW8
— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) April 2, 2021
Brentford’s aim is still automatic promotion but after recording just one win in their last four, they have slipped to fourth in the table and seven points adrift of second place, albeit with a game in hand. Thomas Frank’s men may be running out of games to catch the top two, Norwich and Watford. But having spent the whole season battling with those two and Swansea for the automatic places, they will not be throwing in the towel just yet.
🗣 Thomas on a fresh start tomorrow
“Especially this season, two weeks ago feels like a different season. That is long gone. We are looking forward and ready to attack tomorrow”#BrentfordFC #HUDBRE pic.twitter.com/vPWjyaOyz2
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) April 2, 2021
But, while still managing to collect 11 points from their last six, Brentford have watched the Canaries and Hornets solidly churn out wins and open up a gap. Dropped points against Derby County and Nottingham Forest – both teams in the bottom half – have been costly for the Bees and Frank knows there is no more room for error or dropped points. Now is the time for them to turn the screw and try and exert some pressure on those above them.
Huddersfield vs Brentford Head-to-Head Stats
|LLDDWD||Last six form guide||WWLWDD|
|18th||EFL Championship position||4th|
|37 / 11||Games played / Wins||37 / 19|
Pressure on the Bees
The stats clearly point to an away win, but historically things have always been very even between these two teams. In their 16 head-to-heads, Huddersfield have won seven, Brentford six, and three have been drawn, although, perhaps of more significance, is the reverse fixture back in September, which was comfortably won 3-0 by the Bees.
1⃣0⃣ assists@ivantoney24 and @BMbeumo19 have both been nominated for @TheLFAOfficial EFL Player of the Year prize#BrentfordFC #BeeTogether 🐝 pic.twitter.com/5GiyVVpkaO
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) March 22, 2021
As mentioned above, the incentive for Brentford to win here is massive. With a game in hand and also a game against Watford scheduled for the penultimate weekend of the season, the one thing they cannot allow is the Hornets to increase that gap before they play each other. The Bees desperately need top goalscorer Ivan Toney – who has gone 371 minutes without a goal in open play but has scored a succession of penalties – to stay fit and to keep scoring. He remains the key.
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In terms of team news, Corberan will be without the services of striker Josh Koroma, Dutch midfielder Carel Eiting and German center-back Christopher Schindler, all of whom would have been likely starters, while winger Rolando Aarons and full-back Harry Toffolo are both considered doubtful. The injury problems for Brentford are fewer – just long-term absentees Rico Henry and Shandon Baptiste are missing – and so, in theory, Frank has a strong, fit squad to pick from.
We’re back in action on Saturday 😍#htafc pic.twitter.com/8S3IkVn98Y
— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) March 30, 2021
Huddersfield vs Brentford Best Bet
Everything here points to the away win and -120 looks a fair price in the circumstances. The only question is whether Brentford can handle the pressure that has been heaped upon them after dropping those points against Forest and Derby, and there is certainly a belief in the Huddersfield camp that they can eke out a draw. And so, on that basis, I see value in the +245 for the draw and the +310 for Ivan Toney to be the first goalscorer is also well worth a look.
Pick: Huddersfield & Brentford to draw 2-1 (+245) / Toney first goalscorer (+310)
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Once just a sports fanatic, fan-turned-writer Gary Gowers has been featured on European television and radio networks to discuss several professional football clubs. His work can be found in an assortment of publications like The Metro, MyFootballWriter.com, and BBC Radio Norfolk.