Although Southampton may have contemplated parting ways with Russell Martin on the back of a four-game losing streak earlier in the season, he has since proven that he is the ideal man to guide the club back to the Premier League.
Last weekend’s 2-0 victory away at Rotherham United made it 21 matches without defeat in the Championship, as many as 15 wins being recorded during that period.
The recent burst of seven triumphs in eight outings have finally been enough to see the Saints move into the top two after months of resistance from Ipswich Town.
As it stands, a resurgent Leeds are their strongest challengers for second spot behind runaway leaders Leicester City, but Southampton will be focused on their own performances and results over worrying about rivals.
Southampton also have ambitions to go far in the FA Cup, with their 3-0 victory over Watford in their replay on Tuesday night setting up a fifth-round showdown at Liverpool.
Huddersfield are heavy underdogs to claim anything from their long trip to St Mary’s, yet they are in the best shape that they have been in for some time.
Caretaker boss Jon Worthington witnessed the Terriers record a 4-0 victory over relegation rivals Sheffield Wednesday at the John Smith’s Stadium last weekend.
While it ended a run of six matches without a win, it also extended a four-game unbeaten run having previously posted three draws in a row.
Sitting just two points adrift of 16th-placed Millwall, Huddersfield will sense an opportunity on Saturday, even when playing opponents who have won 10 successive home matches in all competitions