League One weekend betting preview: All on guard at the Galpharm

 

Slowly but surely, a strategical shift is taking place at Huddersfield and we think the new focus on defensive discipline points towards a low-scoring encounter when top-of-the-table Charlton visit the Galpharm on Saturday.

The Terriers remain unbeaten in seven matches under Simon Grayson, but the honeymoon period hasn't been without it's hiccups with squandered leads against Stevenage (2-0 up), Bury (3-0 up) and Rochdale (ahead twice).

That bizarre sequence of collapses cost Town six points but it might be a small price to pay if subsequent tactical work on the training ground prevents those problems from returning over the next two months. Given the raw quality at their disposal, Huddersfield really ought to be matching the Addicks stride for stride in the title race.

Indeed, had they closed out just seven of the 13 leads surrendered in total this term, the Terriers would be leading the way themselves instead of wondering how a victory in this game might compound the jitters that Charlton have experienced lately, while simultaneously sending out a message of intent to the Steel City duo who also sit above them.

It's too early to say how effective Grayson's tweaks are going to be but work has focused around the defensive shape and regaining possession as quickly as possible, particularly in the engine room, which has long been considered the soft centre responsible for most of their shortcomings.

Tuesday's 2-0 win at Chesterfield was certainly a step in the right direction, notable for the professional manner in which the Terriers closed the game out, but it was also a convenient exercise against a team propping up the table with a trip to Wembley on the horizon this weekend.

As such, we'll ignore the question marks about Charlton's current state of mind and overlook the 7/5 available on the home win in favour of the standout quotes to be found on under 1.5 goals and under 2.5 goals, mindful of how frequently Chris Powell's men have landed these bets, particularly on the road and especially in games of this magnitude.

Eight of the Addicks' last ten away matches have triggered the under 2.5 goals marker, five of which have been settled by a solitary strike, and you only have to cast your mind back to those 1-0 wins over the two Sheffield clubs on successive weekends in January to understand how the Londoners are liable to go about their business in west Yorkshire this weekend.

Charlton have dropped eight points in their last four matches, raising suspicions that a young squad might struggle to get across the finishing line, so Powell might be pinning his hopes on a clean sheet, knowing that a point will be more than satisfactory in keeping the Terriers at arm's length and the demons at bay.

Recommended bets:

1pt Under 1.5 goals Huddersfield v Charlton at 11/4 (Stan James)

1.5pts Under 2.5 goals Huddersfield v Charlton at 5/6 (Stan James)

For more betting news and views, please visit Bestofthebets.com. You can also follow Mike Holden on Twitter: @Miguel_BOTB

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence