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Preview: Huddersfield Town v Blues

Blues travel to Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday night.

The visit to West Yorkshire is a second away game in succession for Lee Bowyer's men after facing West Bromwich Albion on Friday evening and the team's penultimate match on the road this month, with October rounded off at Middlesbrough in ten days time.

Against the Baggies last week, Blues were unfortunate to suffer a cruel blow 15 minutes from time after creating a series of chances and having the better of the play at the Hawthorns. 

However, should that level of performance be replicated at the John Smith's Stadium, the visitors would be mightily unfortunate to not take anything home with them. And history also leans in their favour, with Birmingham having not tasted defeat away to the Terriers in the league since the October of 1996. 

Fast forward to the present day and Huddersfield themselves have their own strong record in HD1. They have lost only twice on home soil this season and were successful in a clean-sheet victory over the weekend versus Hull City. Although another victory there would be their first on a Wednesday since April 2017.

THE OPPOSITION:

Huddersfield Town head into the midweek round of fixtures sitting in sixth position and with 20 points to their name, unbeaten in their three most recent outings following consecutive defeats in the middle to end of September.

This comes in the Terriers' second campaign under the stewardship of Carlos Corberan, with the Spanish Head Coach looking to make a sizeable improvement of 2020/21's 20th-place finish. From the turn of the year, Town only claimed three maximum's, whilst they have six victories to their name already this term.

The biggest of these, ranked by margin of victory, came in a 4-0 success at the end of August over Reading. That win saw a goal apiece for joint-top scorers Danny Ward and Matty Pearson, with the latter - a defender by trade - surpassing his goal total from last season.

Although, surprisingly, one man Blues may need to be wary of is Fraizer Campbell. The frontman has not have found the net in his eight appearances so far but has scored seven league goals in his career against Birmingham - his favourite opponent to face. Also, as a Huddersfield player, he has scored in three of his four meetings with Blues. 

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues gave everything and created plenty but ended up on the wrong side of the scoreline against West Bromwich Albion live on Sky Sports. Lukas Jutkiewicz twice went close in the first-half, with Scott Hogan and Ivan Sunjic both threatening the Baggies' goal after the break. However, Blues' chances would soon run dry and they were punished at the other end with a quarter of an hour to play. Karlan Grant found space to shoot and navigated the ball into the bottom corner to down the visitors.

Huddersfield struck in either half at home to Hull City to pick up their fourth win in five. The Terriers made the perfect start against the Tigers, opening the scoring after just nine minutes as Tom Lees poached from a corner. Patience was then required but a third consecutive league win over Hull for the first time since 1920 was assured courtesy of Duane Holmes' superb strike 17 minutes from time. 

WE MEET AGAIN: 

Huddersfield Town 1-1 Blues, 02 March 2021

The two sides played out a fifth 1-1 draw in a row when they met behind closed doors earlier this year. A tight game was brought to life when Campbell got his customary counter after 63 minutes. But the celebrations were soon silenced as Blues levelled just four minutes later. Marc Roberts reacted quickest to a goal-mouth scramble to fire home from close range for a share of the spoils.

BLUES TEAM NEWS:

Maxime Colin will miss out, with further assessment required on his Achilles injury. Ivan Sanchez continues his recovery after 45 minutes for the Under-23s on Saturday.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Blues wins: 39

Draws: 34

Huddersfield Town wins: 42

LAST FIVE MEETINGS:

Championship 02 Mar 2021 - Huddersfield Town 1-1 Blues

Championship 28 Oct 2020 – Blues 2 Huddersfield Town 1

Championship01 Jul 2020 – Blues 0 Huddersfield Town 3

Championship 23 Nov 2019 – Huddersfield 1 Blues 1

FA Cup 06 Feb 2018 – Blues 1 Huddersfield Town 4

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MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee: Oliver Langford

Assistant Referees: Mark Russell and George Byrne

Fourth Official: Matthew Donohue

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