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Opta stats for Fulham v Huddersfield

last updated Sunday 07th May 2000, 10:51 AM
Fulham emblem Craven Cottage
Sunday 7th May, 2000
Huddersfield emblem
Fulham Huddersfield
45 Games 45
46 Goals scored 62
1.02 Ave goals per game 1.38
49% Shooting Accuracy 45%
10% Goals to shots % 13%
15411 Passes 17157
67% Pass completion % 66%
53% Tackle success rate % 52%
41 Goals conceded 46
0.91 Ave goals conceded per game 1.02
672 Fouls 589
65 Yellow cards 46
5 Red cards 2

Steve Bruce would have been glued to his radio for news of the Bolton versus Wolves clash on Wednesday night knowing that a season which promised so much, may yet end with nothing if the Terriers lose out on a top six finish. A recent run of just two victories in their last six could prove to be Huddersfield's downfall as the teams below gather up momentum for the final push into the play-offs. Still, a win in London against Fulham should be enough to guarantee Bruce's men further fixtures into May and a chance to ply their trade among the bigger fish come August.

However, the former Manchester United star is realistic about what is needed to climb out the division and was his usual honest self after Huddersfield's latest capitulation at the hands of Stockport last week. Bruce lamented: "At this stage of the season flowing football goes out of the window and you have to dig out results."

This may not be good news for neutral spectators and this final game of the season could well come down to which team has more fight left in them after an almost non-stop schedule.

Certainly both teams can scrap with the best of them and the more efficient tackling side on the day may tip the balance. To this end, the Cottagers will fancy their chances of spoiling Bruce's potential party given the fact they come out with the ball on 53% of their tackles - one percentage point superior to their visitors on Sunday.

In addition, the Terriers' back line have proved their collective effectiveness over the course of the season, successfully completing over 2000 defensive clearances and, specifically, racking up in excess of 150 additional blocks over the Cottagers this term. Despite this apparent superiority, the Londoners have conceded five fewer goals than Huddersfield to date.

Whatever Fulham have achieved in defence, they have lacked in attack. Future boss Jean Tigana's men have knocked in a paltry 46 efforts this campaign and return the division's worst goals to shots ratio with a meagre 10% of attempts resulting in a successful strike.

Sunday's clash will inevitably hang on which team possesses the greater desire for all three points. There is little doubt that this match means more to Huddersfield and it will be a surprise if the Terriers fail to finish in the play-offs because of the Cottagers.


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