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Preview: Huddersfield Town v Blues

Blues travel to Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening.

Aitor Karanka’s team will be confident that they can make it two wins in a row when they visit Yorkshire for a 7pm kick-off.

His side picked up an invaluable three points over the weekend when they came from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers at St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium.

And Blues know that another victory would not only pull them further clear of the relegation zone but see them leapfrog Huddersfield in the table.

The Terriers have lost their last two, including a defeat at Preston North End last Saturday, but were successful in their most recent home game when they beat Swansea City 4-1.

When Town host Blues at The John Smith's Stadium this week it will be the 115th meeting between the two and, although Huddersfield have three more victories in the fixture’s history, it was the team from B9 who came out on top in October’s clash.

On that day Blues won 2-1 and in over half of Huddersfield’s league outings both teams have scored – the league’s second-highest return.

THE OPPOSITION:

Huddersfield were busy in the January transfer window but have only won once since the market closed and that remains their only win of 2021, having also been knocked out the FA Cup by League One Plymouth Argyle.

The one victory, however, was a truly remarkable one as they beat a Swansea side 20 points above them in the table. Two of their four goals came from one of their seven recent arrivals as Duane Holmes, who came through the Terriers academy, added to his only previous Huddersfield goal which came 1,866 days before. Whilst on the topic of goals, Fraizer Campbell and Josh Koroma have top-scored with six goals each this term.

Another notable arrival was Richard Keogh. The former Derby County defender has featured in every game since he signed from MK Dons, as head coach Carlos Corberan looks to shore up a defence that only bottom-club Wycombe Wanderers have conceded more than.

The Spaniard replaced Danny Cowley last summer after spending three years at Leeds United working with both the under-23s and Marcelo Biela’s first team.

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues showed fighting spirit to transform defeat into victory at home to QPR. Trailing to Charlie Austin’s first-half goal, it appeared Blues’ wait for a home success in 2021 would go on. That was until the final ten minutes when Kristian Pedersen’s expert header levelled matters before Alen Halilović showed why he has been on the books of both Barcelona and AC Milan. His 20-yard curler found the far corner to create a five-point cushion between Blues and the bottom three.

Huddersfield suffered defeat on the road at Preston North End in their last Championship game. Behind at the break to a Brad Potts goal, Corberan’s men conceded twice in the second-half as Ched Evans and Scott Sinclair’s strikes left Town defeated and with just one win in their last 11.

WE MEET AGAIN: 

Blues 2 Huddersfield Town 1, 28 October 2020

Blues will complete a first league double over The Terriers for nearly 20 years with a repeat outcome of this season’s first meeting on Tuesday night.

Initially leading through Gary Gardner’s header, it looked like Karanka’s charges would have to settle for a point when Isaac Mbenza’s first goal in 18 months levelled matters five minutes from the end.

But in the final minute of regulation time, Lukas Jutkiewicz reacted quickest to tap home a Jonathan Leko effort that had cannoned back off the woodwork.

BLUES TEAM NEWS:

Zach Jeacock (ankle) and Caolan Boyd-Munce (thigh) are out through injury. Sam Cosgrove (ankle) remains a doubt.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Blues wins: 39

Draws: 33

Huddersfield Town wins: 42

LAST FIVE MEETINGS:

Championship 28 Oct 2020 – Blues 2 Huddersfield Town 1

Championship 01 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

FA Cup 27 Jan 2018 – Huddersfield Town 1 Blues 1

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MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Assistant Referees: Robert Hyde and Philip Dermott

Fourth Official: Jarred Gillett

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