Huddersfield travel to Everton this weekend, where Sam Allardyce will be making the decisions for the first time as the Toffees’ new head coach.
The former England manager has had a ropey few years in the spotlight and will be desperate to put the past behind him, returning to what he does best. Allardyce is famous for his organisation and discipline and will surely be Everton’s best chance at getting some clean sheets under their belt and moving forward.
The midweek games saw opposing fortunes for these two where David Unsworth ended his reign at Everton with a surprisingly convincing 4-0 win over a struggling West Ham. Rooney provided a possible goal of the season contender along with his seventh Premier League hat-trick to date, lifting the confidence of his colleagues somewhat, leaving Allardyce wondering where are these fires he’s supposed to be putting out.
Huddersfield were unlucky to leave the Emirates with a five goal deficit. Though Arsenal were far the better team, Huddersfield had their moments, especially in the second half but it wasn’t long before Wenger’s big guns finally got into gear with goals from Özil, Sánchez, and Giroud handing the Terriers their third loss on the bounce and their fourth in five games.
Having not scored away since August, the calls for Huddersfield to dig deep into their pockets this January for a new goalscorer are increasing. With the Northerners sitting on a 10.8% conversion rate, the fourth worst this season, it would be hard not to envision a relegation battle if they are not to rectify the issue.
With Everton’s injury situation preventing some definite first-teamers from being available, Bolasie, Coleman, Barkley all remain out for example, Big Sam will not be able to field the team he would like though be sure to see some notable changes.
Having been brought back into the fold under Unsworth, ultimately only managing one assist in his last five appearances, Lennon may be put back into storage and after reports of Kevin Mirrallas being dropped after showing a lack of commitment, perhaps one test for Allardyce will be getting this man back into some sort of form. Though one thing’s for sure, after his standout performance, Wayne Rooney is a must if Everton are to screw their heads back on any time soon.
Huddersfield are without Van La Parra who secured their team’s last win against West Brom in early November. Hefele, Stanković, Palmer and Billing also remain on the sides, Hefele scoring some important goals for the Yorkshire men back in their Championship days.
With Everton returning to Goodison Park with Big Sam’s new manager bounce and with Huddersfield not able to sort out their conversion statistics just yet, expect the blue end of Liverpool to be rocking once again this Saturday.
Match Prediction: Everton 3 Huddersfield Town 0