MATCH FACTS: HUDDERSFIELD VS CARDIFF
Club News19th February
Huddersfield Town vs Cardiff City
Venue: John Smith's Stadium
Date: Saturday, 21st February 2015, 3:00pm
Russell Slade's Cardiff City travel to the John Smith's Stadium to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon following on from a strong team performance against Blackburn Rovers during the mid-week game. Chris Powell's Terriers currently sit one place, and one point ahead of Bluebirds going into the weekend's Sky Bet Championship clash.
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- Former Bluebirds captain Mark Hudson is likely to lead out the Terriers
- While right-back Lee Peltier moved to CCS from Town in Jan 15, making four appearances so far
- Town's last victory over the Bluebirds came back in January 2003
- Huddersfield though edge the historical head-to-head record
- Former Town loanee Sean Morrison netted his fifth of the season for the Bluebirds against Blackburn on Tuesday
KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Jacob Butterfield
As part of Adam Clayton's move to Middlesbrough, Butterfield transfered to the Terriers in the summer. While Clayton's move to Teeside has been an undoubted success, appearing 31 times to date, the same can be said since Butterfield swapped the 'Boro for Huddersfield. He made his debut for the Terriers in their 3-1 defeat at Cardiff City Stadium earlier in the season and has since netted five times in 31 games.
ONE TO WATCH: Nahki Wells
In Nahki Wells, Huddersfield have a forward with an undoubted goal-scoring ability. The Bermuda international is currently top scorer at the John Smith's Stadium with 11 goals in all competitions despite being in and out of the starting line-up on occasions this term. He was sent off for a second bookable offence in his last Town match, a 3-1 victory over Millwall and was an unused sub last time out. Whether starting the match, or appearing from the bench, Wells is a goal-scorer the Bluebirds defence will need to keep a close eye on.
RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)
Cardiff City: LLLDDD
Last time out: Cardiff City 1-1 Blackburn Rovers - Tuesday, 14th February 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Blackburn Rovers came into the game after hitting Premier League Stoke for four but were a little lucky to return to Lancashire with a point from the match at Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebirds had the better of the first half under the lights but were unable to muster an opening. A goal line clearance from Eoin Doyle's shot proved to be the best chance of the opening 45 minutes. City edged the second half over the visitors and looked to have won it late on when Sean Morrison rose the highest to turn in a Peter Whittingham corner. With 90 minutes on the clock, Rudy Gestede made a scoring return to the Welsh capital after turning the ball in from a Scott Malone goal line clearance to secure a somewhat fortuitous point for the travelling Rovers.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Peltier, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Malone (Connolly), Whittingham, Gunnarsson (Adeyemi), Noone, Kennedy, Jones, Doyle (Revell). Subs Not Used: Moore, Ralls, O’Keefe, Harris.
Huddersfield Town: LWLWLD
Last time out: AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield Town – Saturday, 14th February 2015, Sky Bet Championship
AFC Bournemouth returned to the top of the Championship following their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. The Cherries took the lead with a wonderfully worked set piece move, finished off by Yann Kermorgant before half time. Former Everton man James Vaughan levelled for the Terriers in the second period, ensuring a share of the spoils for Chris Powell's side.
Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Hudson, Wallace, Robinson, Edgar, Scannell, Butterfield (Hogg), Coady, Bunn, Vaughan (Miller). Subs Not Used: Murphy, Lolley, Wells, Gobern, Wright.
LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2014/15: Saturday, 16th August, Championship: Cardiff City 3-1 Huddersfield Town
double consigned Huddersfield Town to a 3-1 defeat. Murray Wallace had the visitor’s reply just before half-time, but the Bluebirds’ lead was rarely troubled.Kenwyne Jones and a Peter WhittinghamCardiff City returned to winning ways in their first home match of the new season, as goals from
Cardiff City:Marshall, Brayford, Fabio, Hudson, Whittingham, Jones (Guerra), Le Fondre, Connolly, Adeyemi, Dæhli (Eikrem), Burgstaller (Gunnarsson). Subs Not Used: Moore, Kim, Maynard, Morrison.
Huddersfield Town:Smithies, Dixon, Hogg (Ward), Butterfield, Coady, Stead (Bunn), Wallace, Wells, Smith, Lynch, Majewski (Hammill) Subs Not Used:. Murphy, Scannell, Crooks, Sinnott.