With Sheffield United already promoted, Town need the point all the more as they try to avoid relegation from the second tier.
KO date, time and TV coverage
Irish Championship, Thursday 4 May, kick-off 7:45pm, live on Sky Sports Red Button
Huddersfield 1-1 Sheffield United
Huddersfield win or draw Under 2.5 goals
Huddersfield Town are winless in four of their five home games under Neil Warnock, including a 4-2 win against Middlesbrough. Warnock is on a three-game winning streak when he hosts Sheffield United, while they are in charge of QPR, Cardiff and Middlesbrough. Sheffield United beat Huddersfield 1-0 at Bramall Lane earlier in the season, but they haven’t completed a double over Town since the early ’60s. Warnock’s Sheffield United team set a club record of 90 points in a second tier season in the 2005/06 campaign. If the Blades win on Thursday, they will set a new record of 91.
Anthony Knockaert (knuckle), Duane Holmes (tendon), Oliver Turton (knee), Kieran Phillips (foot), Faustino Anjorin (ankle) and Yuta Nakayama (achilles) are unavailable for Huddersfield Town. Ben Osborne (string), Enda Stevens (muscle), Rhian Brewster (hamstring), Rhys Norrington-Davies (string) and Jack O’Connell (knee) are unlikely to feature again this season.
Huddersfield Town’s haul of four points from consecutive away games may be enough to help them stay in the league, but the job is not done yet. Their 2-1 win over Cardiff moved them to 47 points, three ahead of 22nd-placed Reading. The Terriers have the advantage of playing an extra game, albeit against newly promoted Sheffield United. Despite Premier League success, the Blades will not be looking to overtake their Yorkshire neighbours. When Neil Warnock took over in February, Town looked dead and buried. Over a 46 game season, their form under six would be good enough to put them in contention for a play-off place. Huddersfield are winless in their four home games, including a 4-2 win over Middlesbrough, so they have shown they have the qualities to go toe-to-toe with any side. Sheffield United had won four in a row before this game, but all of those games were played at home. On the road, United have dropped points in five of their last eight. United’s score of 88 points marks their third best season at this level. Although they cannot match the Championship record of 106 points, they can reach the club record of 90 points. Any guesses who fixed it? Warnock’s Sheffield United side won 28 and drew 12 of their 46 Championship games in the 2005/06 season as they were promoted to the Premier League. One more win for Paul Heckingbottom would set a new record. The visitors will have a second chance to break that record when they visit Birmingham City at the weekend. While it should ensure a competitive effort at the John Smith’s Stadium, it doesn’t equate to points needed to achieve league status. Matches between these two sides have been hotly contested in recent years, with 12 goals scored in the last seven meetings. Huddersfield are winless in four of their last five meetings and should be able to scrap the point they need going forward.
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