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Cardiff City vs Huddersfield Town - Sky Bet Championship Preview

Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Saturday, 16th August, KO 3.00pm
Match-tag: #CARHUD (Live tweets on @CardiffCityFC)


Cardiff City welcome Huddersfield Town for the first part of a home double-header this Saturday. For City, it represents an opportunity to continue their unbeaten start to the new campaign; for the visitors it’s a chance to build some momentum following a testing start to the season that saw the first managerial change of 2014/15.

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  • City have added eight new players to their ranks during the summer, including new signings Anthony Pilkington and Sean Morrison who were confirmed on Friday afternoon.
  • The Terriers have won twenty-nine of the sixty-seven meetings between the two teams.
  • Clinical forward Nahki Wells was released by Carlisle United in 2011, but went on to score forty-two goals for Bradford City before his record-breaking move to Huddersfield.
  • Huddersfield’s last win over City in Cardiff came thirteen years ago, with Danny Schofield scoring the crucial goal in a 2-1 victory.
  • Despite his youthful age of just twenty-four, Town keeper Alex Smithies has made over two hundred league appearances in his seven years at the club.  
  • Mark Lillis currently has a 50% win record in his two spells as caretaker manager of Town.

In Nahki Wells, Huddersfield have a forward with undoubted goal-scoring capabilities. Record signing Wells scored seven goals during the second half of last season for Town after moving from Bradford City. His League Cup appearance against Chesterfield in midweek showed his sharpness in front of goal, scoring three excellent efforts for the Terriers. On the bench, they can rely on Joe Lolley and Radosław Majewski to make an attacking impact when required.

ONE TO WATCH: Jacob Butterfield 
New signing Butterfield certainly has big boots to fill, with highly rated midfielder Adam Clayton moving the opposite direction to Middlesbrough. Butterfield spent the first five years of his career with Barnsley, appearing as an eighteen year-old in the Tykes FA Cup semi-final defeat to the Bluebirds back in 2008. He joined ‘Boro in summer 2013 after a forgettable year spell at Norwich City and appeared in thirty one Championship matches last term, scoring three goals. A creative midfield man, he will be looking to form a strong partnership with fellow new signing Conor Coady from Liverpool.


Cardiff City: DLLLDWLast time out: Coventry City 1-2 Cardiff City Wednesday 13th August 2014, Capital One Cup 

Experience and youth combined superbly at Sixfields on Wednesday evening as City defeated Coventry 2-1 in a highly competitive match. New signing Guido Burgstaller slotted his first Cardiff goal home after four minutes. Ryan Haynes’ own goal after eight-one minutes looked to have settled the match, but forward Shaun Miller’s neat finish made it a tense final few moments, but Ole’s men held on to set up a second round clash with Port Vale. Cardiff City: Moore, Barnum-Bobb (Harris, 66), John, Connolly, Théophile-Catherine, Eikrem, Burgstaller (Daehli, 66), Gunnarsson, Maynard, Kim (O’Sullivan, 84), Ralls. Subs Not Used: Wilson, Velikonja, James, Owen.

Huddersfield Town:  DWLWLW

Last time out: Chesterfield 3-5 Huddersfield Town – Tuesday 12th August 2014, Capital One Cup
A Nahki Wells hat-trick inspired Town to a 5-3 after extra time win over Chesterfield in the League Cup on Tuesday. A shock seemed on the card at half time with the Spireites 2-0 ahead at the break, but Wells (3), Jon Stead and a late Joe Lolley goal sealed Town’s place in the second round.

Huddersfield Town: Murphy, Peltier, Dixon, Coady, Wallace, Smith, Scannell (Majewski, 66), Norwood (Hammill, 81), Stead, Wells, Ward (Lolley, 86). Subs Not Used: Smithies, Hogg, Crooks, Lynch.


2012/13: Friday 17th August 2012, Championship – Cardiff City 1-0 Huddersfield Town
An injury time goal by Mark Hudson sealed a 1-0 victory for Cardiff City over Huddersfield Town. City controlled the majority of this encounter but couldn’t find a way past in-form keeper Alex Smithies with Hudson breaking the hearts of the travelling Terriers fans by slotting home from close range following a Cardiff set-piece. A great way to start to the season for the Welsh Capital side.


Cardiff City: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Cowie (Mason, 78), Gunnarsson, Mutch (Kiss, 85), Helguson, Bellamy. Subs Not Used: Lewis, Conway, Blake, Velikonja, Earnshaw.

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Dixon, Clarke, Hunt, Lynch, Norwood, Clayton, Arfield (Gerrard, 90), Southern, Scannell (Spencer, 90), Novak. Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Robinson, Lee, Higginbotham.

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