Preview: Huddersfield Town v Burnley

Andrew Frost August 25, 2012
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After Tuesday’s spirited defeat to Middlesbrough the Clarets are on the road again as they make the short trip over the Pennines to face newly promoted Huddersfield Town. 

Huddersfield Town v Burnley

3.00pm – John Smith’s Stadium – nPower Championship

Despite Tuesday’s defeat, the Clarets should head into tomorrows game confident of at least gaining a point in West Yorkshire as they take on a team struggling to adapt to life in the Championship.

After being rested in midweek, Martin Paterson is likely to be back in contention for a starting berth and he is expected to replace Sam Vokes in the Clarets line-up.

Brian Stock or Marvin Bartley may be called upon if Eddie Howe decides to change the 4-4-2 formation in order to crowd the midfield – which he often has a tendency to do in away fixtures.

However tomorrow’s game is expected to come too soon for Keith Treacy despite the fact the winger returned to training this week. The Irishman is once again expected to miss out as Eddie Howe looks to nurture him back to full fitness.

Huddersfield are likely to stick with the same team which started Tuesdays draw with Nottingham Forest where they employed a 4-3-3 formation.

The mercurial Jordan Rhodes has shown no ill-effects from a recent hamstring strain and will most likely be partnered by Lee Novak and Sean Scannell up front.

Danny Ward and Scott Arfield may also feature for the home side after they both impressed as substitutes on Tuesday night.

The Manager: Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson has already earned himself a glowing reputation as a League One specialist after helping no less than three sides win promotion from the division. After leading Blackpool – his first managerial role – into the Championship in 2007, Grayson soon found the so called bigger clubs calling. It was boyhood club Leeds United who were next in line for the Grayson magic, as he helped steer his boyhood club to automatic promotion in 2009. Despite helping the club to an impressive 7thplace finish in their first season back in England’s second tier, a lapse of form meant Grayson was soon looking for his next managerial post. It was in February of this year, after sacking Lee Clark, the Huddersfield board came in for Grayson and he was only too pleased to accept the challenge of leading another team into the Championship. Last seasons play-off victory earned the Yorkshireman another crack at the Championship and the astute manager will be hoping it’s a case of third time lucky as he looks to impress with his team this term.

Form: LLD

Huddersfield come into this game in poor form, still searching for their first win of the season. Their first competitive game ended disastrously, as the Terriers went down 2-0 away to Preston, despite fielding a strong side in the first round of the Capital One Cup. Their Championship campaign began in equally poor fashion last Friday in front of the Sky cameras as they lost 1-0 away to Cardiff – despite dominating for large periods of the game. A stoppage time penalty from striker Jordan Rhodes earned his side their first points of the season on Tuesday when they valiantly came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.

Dangerman: Jack Hunt

Huddersfield possess arguably the hottest property outside the Premier League in Jordan Rhodes, but it would be foolish for Burnley to underestimate the ability of the rest of their squad. A key player for the Terriers since his introduction to the first team over two years ago is right back Jack Hunt, who is player in the same mould as our very own Kieran Trippier. Widely tipped to be a part of the England Under-21 set up, Hunt possesses blistering speed and a sweet right foot which enables him to cause havoc down the opposition’s left wing. His high energy levels enable him to be a constant threat right up until the final whistle of a game meaning the Clarets will have to marshal Hunt well to gain any points tomorrow.

Just For Fun

Did You Know?

Despite the clubs lack of recent success, the Yorkshire based club were once in fact a powerhouse within English football. Way back in 1926, the club became the first to win three successive league titles – a feat which only Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been able to match since.

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  • Richard Moore

    Unbeaten in 9 league and cup fixtures, eh ? Why does that statement cause a chill to pass across my Claret an Blue heart ?

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