MATCH PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY vs HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
Following the International break, the Bluebirds welcome Huddersfield Town to Cardiff City Stadium for their only Sky Bet Championship home match in November.
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The Terriers arrive in the Welsh capital in third position in the Championship, having enjoyed an impressive start to the season under Head Coach, David Wagner, this campaign.
Despite occupying a lofty position in the table, Town have recorded mixed results of late, picking up four points from their last three games. This run began with a 1-0 victory over Derby County at John Smith’s Stadium in October, thanks to a last minute Elias Kachunga winner.
The Terriers then played Fulham towards the end of that month and were on the wrong end of a surprise 5-0 defeat at Craven Cottage. They recovered from that set back well however, recording a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City, with Kachunga again on target.
Kachunga leads the goal scoring charts for the Terriers, with six strikes and the Bluebirds will also have to be wary of Nahki Wells. The pacey forward has three goals so far this campaign.
Saturday's match could see Mark Hudson return to Cardiff City Stadium. The central defender was made club captain after joining from Charlton and he played a key role in Cardiff’s title-winning season in 2012/13. Ironically he scored the winner against the Terriers in the first game of that campaign.
Three of the current City squad have also represented the Terriers in the past, with Anthony Pilkington, Lee Peltier and Sean Morrison all having turned out for Saturday’s opposition.
The Bluebirds and the Terriers played out a five-goal thriller when they met at the John Smith's Stadium last season.
Both teams struggled to create clear chances in the first half hour, but the game soon exploded into life with half time approaching. Anthony Pilkington found Peter Whittingham with a smart cut back who then beat Jed Steer in the Terriers goal with a low drive. City’s lead didn’t last long however, Nahki Wells’ clinical finished restored parity after only three minutes.
Cardiff regained the lead on the hour mark, Sammy Ameobi found Lex Immers unmarked at the back post and the Dutchman tapped home to mark his first City start with a goal. Peter Whittingham then scored a sublime free kick to double his team’s advantage. In the dying seconds, Harry Bunn pulled a goal back for the Terriers but City held on for victory.
- The Terriers were founded in 1908
- They have lifted the FA Cup once, in 1922, beating Preston North End 1-0 in the final.
- In 1926, Huddersfield became the first English club to win three successive league titles, a feat which only three other clubs have matched, and none has bettered
- Huddersfield finished 19th in the Championship in the 2015/16 season, 11 points above the relegation places.
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