MATCH PREVIEW:Huddersfield Town -v- Wednesday

The Owls return from an international break and face a tricky trip to table topping Huddersfield, can the Owls fly or will they be terrorised by the Terriers?

The Owls have had a mixed start to the season, can they really kick things off at the John Smiths Stadium in a Yorkshire derby?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Brighton (H) L 2-1 25 5 7 0 12 59%
HUDDERSFIELD Ipswich (A) W 1-0 9 3 5 1 12 51%

Wednesday lost at Hillsborough for the first time in their history to Brighton, stats can lie and even though they would suggest Wednesday dominated, that was far from the truth as the Owls struggled to penetrate an organised Brighton defence, they finally got the breakthrough after going 2-0 down but it was too little, too late.

Huddersfield saw Christopher Schindler’s clinical header be enough to defeat Ipswich as David Wagner’s side looked very dangerous on the counter against a toothless Ipswich side.

Last five games Brighton(h) Blackburn(a) Forest(h) Birmingham(a) Bristol C(h)
WEDNESDAY L 2-1 W 1-0 W 2-1 L 2-1 W 3-2
Last five games Ipswich(a) Rotherham(h) Reading(a) QPR(h) Brighton(a)
HUDDERSFIELD W 1-0 W 2-1 L 1-0 W 2-1 L 1-0

Wednesday lost last time out but have enjoyed better form as of late losing just twice in the last six outings, Wednesday have struggled away from home however having won just once on their travels since their last trip to Huddersfield

Huddersfield have been one of the stories of the young Championship season defying pre season expectations and sitting at the top of the table. The style David Wagner has imposed on the Terriers seems to have got neutrals and more importantly their fans onside, Huddersfield games have tended to be close affairs with all their wins and losses this term being by one goal.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS HUDDERSFIELD WINS DRAWS
  18 24 12

LAST MEETING

2nd April 2016,John Smiths Stadium,Att – 15,469

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Wednesday

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A late Fessi goal in the last meeting saw the Owls record their first league double over the Terriers since the 1958/59 season.

The Owls have enjoyed their trips to Huddersfield in recent years having been undefeated in their last five visits, a bizarre incident occurred in 2012/13 where Jeremy Helan was booked twice but wasn’t sent off.

There’s been a few cracking games of football with both sides in recent years, the 4-4 draw at S6 in December 2011 being the pick.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Keiren Westwood should be ready to go after being taken off against Brighton.

CC’s other 10 could include Sam Hutchinson,Daniel Pudil and Lucas Joao who are there or thereabouts on their returns from injury.

Chris Schindler should be available for the Terriers after suffering a facial injury against Ipswich but Joe Lolley misses out for David Wagner’s side.

WestwoodPreview

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

LEES

HUTCHINSON

HUTCHINSON

PUDIL

PUDIL

BANNAN

BANNAN

LEE

LEE

ABDI

ABDI

REACH

REACH

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

FLETCHER

FLETCHER

KEY PLAYERS

Sam Hutchinson not only has some of our fans fluttering over his boy band like good looks, he’s a pretty handy if indisciplined footballer, able in either the heart of defence or midfield, the former Chelsea man may need to be at his best here to knock off Huddersfield.

Elias Kachunga is one of Huddersfield’s imports having signed from Ingolstadt in the summer, the Cologne born striker has had little trouble adapting to English football having already netted four times.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Huddersfield WIN DRAW Hutchinson 1st Goal BTTS
BEST ODDS 2/1 8/5 23/10 26/1 10/11
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Coral Betway Bookies Badge Bet365 888 SPORT logo bookies Bookies Badge Hills

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

We’re up against a side in top form and who are playing good football so with this being on Sky, people are hyping this as potentially the best footballing quality of the weekend.

Some have tipped Huddersfield to run out of steam but after the exploits of Leicester in the league above, it’d take a fool to say that’ll happen, David Wagner has got the Terriers playing a style that is pleasing on the eye and tough for opponents to play against and with them already possessing wins over sides that are fancied, they can hang with the best this division has to offer.

We can turn on the style on our day and it wasn’t until this time last year that we really started to push on and become a solid side, we’ve still got a fair few kinks to figure out but when we do we can have another go at trying to get into the playoffs, maybe more.

This is a tough, tough game but we can get something. A win would be amazing but I think the draw is more likely.

VERDICT: 1-1

Danny
Owls Alive
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