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Returning to the Terriers – Huddersfield Preview

Lee Clark will return to his former managerial stomping ground today as Birmingham City take on Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium. After a horrendous run of injuries the Blues team are starting to see players return – will this be enough to help secure three much-needed points?

Huddersfield Town

The Terriers lie 18th in the Championship, just three places ahead of Birmingham City and with an inferior goal difference record – not helped by the 6-1 beating they took against Leicester City in their last league fixture on New Year’s Day. Whilst Huddersfield did record a win at The Valley against Charlton in the FA Cup last weekend they haven’t won in the league in 12 games with a winless record stretching back to November 10 and a 1- victory over Barnsley at Oakwell. You have to go back a week further to find their last victory at the John Smith’s.

Former Blues midfielder Neil Danns could make his debut after signing on loan and Adam Hammill may return to the side after being ineligble for the cup game last week. Joel Lynch, Calum Woods and Danny Ward are all serious doubts for this fixture.

Blues

Blues welcome back a host of players to the team as injuries, suspensions and the like have eased. Nikola Zigic has completed his ban and could return, along with the fit again Peter Lovenkrands and possibly Marlon King. Rob Hall returns after being denied permission to play in midweek but Hayden Mullins will miss out again.

The chief change for Blues will be right back after the horrific injury suffered by Will Packwood last week, with Paul Caddis possibly returning rom injury. Jack Butland is expected to be recalled between the sticks after being rested for Colin Doyle in the Cup. The other question will be if Lee Clark decides to change things up front after what was a good performance at Elland Road.

With Huddersfield in the same mire as us and in a horrendous run of form this is a game Blues should be targeting to try to pick up at least a point from. It’s a tough call for Clark as to who will play and with all the off-the-pitch shenanigans of the last few days the former Terriers boss will have to ensure his team’s eyes remain on the ball.

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6 Responses to “Returning to the Terriers – Huddersfield Preview”

  • Bongo says:

    I think if we don’t get anything this afternoon we are going to get sucked right in.
    That said Huddersfield were probably the best team I have seen at St. Andrews
    this season and should have been about 5 up at half time. Vaughan and Beckford
    pulled Caldwell and Davies around all day. Hopefully there have learned
    from that. I am quite surprised at how they got on since then.

    KRO

  • Bluehobba says:

    I think both teams will score and optimistically Blues to win 3-1. I am looking forward to this one but not the travel up there. KRO

    • nicky wicky says:

      Not a chance, blues are conceding more goals thsn they score. They rarely score from a set piece,and give the ball away too much. Ialso don’t like the way they lump the ball long all the time instead of making the ball do the work and being intelligent playing the ball to feet, with the odd variation of a cross for a header. they also have a tendency to concede late goals! This is not a problem from one game this has been a problem from the start of the season. They take the lead and then they give away a sloppy equaliser or even two to lose the match. You only have to look at the stats. Last season we were really tight defensively ,and were free scoring this year we couldn’t hit a barn door!

  • chas says:

    Happy Birthday to You .You know who you are ..
    .XXX

  • Ali Duncan says:

    Properly pumped up for this one. Leaving in an hour. Hoping my balls don’t freeze off.

    I have a feeling this could be the start of a mini run as we’ve a few winnable games coming up. I hope Redmond keeps is place and will play just behind Ziggy.

    1-0 Blues prediction from me.

  • clubclassblue says:

    Has to be a win today, draws just not enough now. Recent performances have been promising and with players returning to the squad we should have options if required during the game. Good luck guys…..2-1 Blues win.


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