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Huddersfield v Fulham - Match preview

last updated Saturday 14th April 2001, 12:49 PM
Fulham's win at Ewood Park and Bolton's disputed 2-2 home draw with Birmingham means the Cottagers are just one win away from guaranteeing themselves automatic promotion to the Premiership and five points away from guaranteeing the Division One Championship.

But Jean Tigana will not allow his side to rest on their laurels as he will be keen to see his side crowned as champions as soon as possible and pick up as many points as possible before the season ends to beat the105 point record.set by Sunderland

If the Whites win at Huddersfield it means that, not only would they be promoted, but that they could win the Championship in front of their home supporters at Craven Cottage when they play Sheffield Wednesday on Easter Monday.

However winning at the McAlpine Stadium may not be that easy as Huddersfield have only lost once in their last eleven home games and even in their more recent home games the Terriers' form is only one draw worse than that of the Champion elect's away form.
Pld W D L Pts Pos
Huddersfield Last 5 Home 5 3 1 1 10 5
Fulham Last 5 Away 5 4 0 1 12 2

Head to heads in the last two seasons are in Fulham's favour although the Mighty Whites could only draw at McAlpine in this same fixture last year

D1 04-Nov-00 Fulham 3 - 0 Huddersfield Town
D1 07-May-00 Fulham 3 - 0 Huddersfield Town
D1 23-Oct-99 Huddersfield Town 1 - 1 Fulham

Boss Lou Macari is determined to put Fulham’s promotion party on temporary hold and he intends to press home to his players that the Craven Cottage outfit are beatable. He said: “I think it was crystal clear to most people that after a couple of months into the season Fulham were by far the best team in this league.

“It’s just a matter now of who they beat to win promotion and who they beat to become champions. “But as much as I appreciate what Fulham are all about I don’t intend to let them come here tomorrow and get three points. “We need them for a different reason and need to keep going until the end of the season and pick up as many as we can. “We’ve had a good run recently and we’ll be hoping that it continues against Fulham.

“Our target is simple. We need points and we need to pick them up wherever we can. “And if we set out our stall right and prepare properly then anything is possible.”

“But three points out of any of our next two games against Fulham and Blackburn would be great for us and would give us a massive boost.”
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