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Championship betting team guide: Huddersfield Town

by Sean Goff | August 9, 2012
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PLAY-OFF KINGS: Huddersfield Town celebrate their League One play-off win over Sheffield United (pic:Getty)

Huddersfield Town

Manager: Simon Grayson

Ins: Keith Southern (undisclosed amount), Adam Clayton (undisclosed amount), Oliver Norwood (undisclosed amount), Sean Scannell (undisclosed amount), Joel Lynch (free transfer), Paul Dixon (free transfer)

Outs: Tommy Miller (free transfer), Danny Cadamarteri (free transfer), Gary Roberts (free transfer), Gary Naysmith (released), Nathan Clarke (released), Aidan Chippendale (released), Greg Pearson (released), Hatib Cham (released)

Strengths: The pressure has eased. Huddersfield were expected to gain promotion to the Championship last season. But boy, did they make it difficult. One moment they had automatic promotion in their sights, the next they were faced with a daunting play-off tournament to ensure the jump to the second tier of English football.

They went 43 matches unbeaten until November 28th 2011. Their mission was accomplished though and the Terriers can look forward to a season where only relegation will be seen as a disappointment. The chains are off.

Weaknesses: A truly dismal pre-season campaign. Huddersfield fans will be thanking their lucky stars that the 2012/13 season hasn’t begun yet.  They’ve been beaten by Guiseley, AFC Emley – we are wondering where they’re from too - and Crewe and drew against Hibernian and Oldham. It’s not the best way to prepare for life in the Championship. The Terriers looking more like scared puppies at the moment.

Last season’s performance:  Had to slip through the back door to the Championship beating Milton Keynes Dons and Sheffield United to clinch the League One play-off title.

If they were a celebrity: Daniel Radcliffe. It’s not easy being Harry Potter you know. There are all those spells you have to learn, potions to mix and a flying broomstrick to get used to. But like Radcliffe, Huddersfield have managed to conjure up some magic before finishing a chapter of his life and easing into a new one.

You might not have known: Their 43-game unbeaten record is the second longest in English football after Arsenal’s ‘invincible’ squad of 2003/04, who went 49 matches without once tasting defeat.

Championship title odds: 33/1

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