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PREVIEW: Terriers v Bluebirds

Huddersfield Town
vs.
Cardiff City

John Smiths Stadium

09 February 2013

15:00

MARK LILLIS faces a selection headache ahead of the visit of Champinship leaders Cardiff City.

The Welsh club took a 10 point lead at the top of the championship last weekend as the defeated Leeds United at Elland Road, debutant Fraiser Campbell scoring the only goal.

At the same time the Terriers suffered a 3-0 defeat at Derby, which saw the Terriers away conceded record come to 13 in just 3 games, leaving Huddersfield on a miserable minus goal difference of 18 the joint worst in the division with Ipswich.

Town came out of the game at Derby with injuries galore, and despite the loan window opening on Thursday, the club decided not to bring in any further faces.

Vital Quotes: Anthony Gerrard

"It is just another game; I am not bothered about it being Cardiff,"

"First and foremost we have to win the game because of the situation that we find ourselves in. The whole emotional side of things won`t affect me, it is just another game.

"I have no regrets about leaving, it is what it is. They have been very consistent this season while other teams have faltered behind them. They have been very workman like and thorough - and that is why they are at the top of the league.

"They are regimented and well drilled. They are an organised outfit and have players who fit their structure well. The table doesn`t lie, but they are beatable. It is about what we can do on Saturday and what we can bring to the table, which will determine how many points we earn."

Huddersfield Town Team News:

Danny Ward, Keith Southern & Jermaine Beckford all ruled out.

Lee Novak is almost certainly out, however no official quotes from the club on the severity of his foot injury have been released.

Skipper Peter Clarke is out for 2 weeks with concussion.

Oliver Norwood & Joel Lynch face late fitness tests

Chris Atkinson is available after injury

Player to watch: Alex Smithies

Captain for the day, and it could be a very busy afternoon for the young Huddersfield stopper.

Cardiff City Team News:

Cardiff will assess their four returning internationals ahead of the trip to West Yorkshire.
Wales' Craig Bellamy, Scotland's David Marshall, South Korea's Kim Bo-Kyung and Iceland's Aron Gunnarsson will be involved if they are fit enough.

Player to watch: Craig Bellamy

Despite his age, Bellamy is arguably Cariff's biggest name player. Jack Hunt did brilliantly in our first encounter and more of the same will be required today.

Match Facts & Stats

Huddersfield have won one of their last 14 Championship games, and have lost all six matches against the clubs holding the top four places going into the weekend.

Their last victory was 1-0 against Crystal Palace in their last home outing, which took the Terriers' unbeaten home league sequence to five.
The managerless West Yorkshire club have not won a league game this season once they have gone behind, and they have fired fewer shots on target than any other club in the division (119).

Runaway leaders Cardiff are unbeaten in seven league games, picking up 19 points out of 21, and are aiming for a sixth consecutive away league victory.

Cardiff have won an unrivalled 20 Championship games, and lost a divisional-low six this season.

Cardiff are hoping to complete a first league double over Huddersfield in 53 years

Huddersfield have lost only four of the 32 home league matches against the Welsh club.

Ref Watch:

East Yorkshire whistler Mark Brown has been named as the man in the middle for Saturday's Championship game at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield. Brown has taken 22 games this season, in which he has shown 55 yellows and 5 red cards. His last match was in league two, as he officiated a 3-0 victory for Port Vale over AFC Wimbledon. His last Championship match was on 12 Jan as Watford ran out 2-1 winners at Middlesbrough. He has yet to officiate a game involving Huddersfield Town this season, however he has featured in a Cardiff game a 1-1 draw at Derby County back in November 2012, a game in which he dismissed Cardiff's Craig Noone. He will be assisted by Lee Metcalfe and Danny Gratton. The Fourth Official is Darren Bond.

Match Prediction:

Huddersfield 0-2 Cardiff

Next Fixtures:

12 Feb Leicester (A) FA CUP 19:30
16 Feb Burnley (A) CH 15:00


Writer:Terrier24
Date:Saturday February 9 2013
Time: 12:58PM

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