Huddersfield Town vs Burnley Preview: Who will come out on top in this relegation 'six-pointer'? 
Huddersfield Town will be looking to get back to winning ways against Burnley on Wednesday. (picture: Getty Images / John Early). 

Huddersfield Town vs Burnley Preview: Who will come out on top in this relegation 'six-pointer'? 

Huddersfield Town will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League as they take on Burnley on Wednesday evening. 

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Huddersfield Town will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League as they take on Burnley at the John Smith's Stadium on Wednesday evening. 

The Terriers suffered a disappointing defeat at the weekend as Aleksandar Mitrović's stoppage time strike ensured that fellow strugglers Fulham beat David Wagner's side 1-0 at Craven Cottage

As for Burnley, the secured a vital 2-0 win against West Ham United to end their recent winless run. First-half goals from Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil were enough for the Clarets to secure all three points at Turf Moor

A huge opportunity for both sides

With both sides currently sat in the Premier League relegation zone, this game provides a good opportunity for them to try and boost their survival chances at the start of the year. The Terriers are arguably more in need of a result, as they currently sit five points adrift of safety, whilst the Clarets find themselves behind Southampton on goal difference alone. It will be interesting to see which side is able to deal with the pressure in what undoubtedly will be a tense atmosphere. 

History suggests that tomorrow's game is unlikely to be a footballing spectacle. Their last three meetings have ended in a draw, with two of those being goalless. Their most recent encounter came back in October as Christopher Schindler's second-half strike secured the Terriers a point in a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor. This came after Sam Vokes had given the Clarets the lead in the first-half. 

Team news 

David Wagner remains without a number of key first-team players for this fixture. The likes of Aaron Mooy, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Danny Williams and Tommy Smith are still all out injured. This means that the squad is likely to be unchanged, despite their defeat at the weekend. 

One player who will definitely not feature for the Terriers is Rajiv van La Parra. The 27-year-old winger has joined Championship side Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season to try and boost their promotion push. 

As for Burnley, Sean Dyche could be boosted by the return to fitness of winger Robbie Brady. He has recently returned to training after an adductor problem. However, the likes of Steven Defour, Stephen Ward, Aaron Lennon and Nick Pope remain out for this fixture. 

Can Terriers find their touch in front of goal?

The key issue for the Terriers in recent weeks has been their struggles in finding the back of the net. This is the main reason why they currently find themselves five points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League. If this doesn't change soon, then it is unlikely that they will be able to pull off a miraculous escape in the second-half of the season. 

David Wagner admitted that this is something his side must improve on. He said: "We have a lot of games to play, but the fact is we need to score more goals and get more points than we are."

As for Burnley, they found themselves in a similar situation to the Terriers until Sunday afternoon, and that vital win against West Ham will have undoubtedly changed the mood at Turf Moor significantly. However, that would soon change if they were to suffer defeat at the John Smith's Stadium tomorrow. Dyche will therefore be aware that it is vital for his side to follow that performance up with another good result.

He said: "You've got to keep your standards high, keep that edge and desire. They keep popping up with performances when needed. Now it's about finding that consistency." 

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