Match preview: PNE v Huddersfield Town

By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor

This weekend, Huddersfield Town travel to Deepdale to face Preston North End in the Championship.

The Terriers are one of only two teams to put three goals past North End this season, during the last meeting between these two on Boxing Day.

A brace from Nakhi Wells and a goal from Emyr Huws assured Town of all three points at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Adam Reach netting a late consolation.

Town have won just two out of their five previous league games, most recently losing 3-2 at home against Cardiff City.

Preston’s last match against promotion-chasing Derby County finished goalless at the iPro Stadium, with the Rams unable to test debutant PNE goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard once.

PNE manager Simon Grayson was disappointed with his side’s performance in the reverse fixture but praised the player’s reactions after picking up wins against Hull and Rotherham United in the following games.

He admitted Town do have players who can cause problems but that they are susceptible to the counter-attack.

Despite losing their last match, Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner believes there is no need to make wholesale changes because it was a minor blip.

Wagner wants his players to react and produce the form which saw the Terriers go five games unbeaten prior to their defeat against City.

Ben Pearson is suspended and will be unavailable for North End tomorrow after he picked up his 10th yellow card of the season against Derby County.

As for Huddersfield, Captain Mark Hudson is serving the final match of his three-game ban and will not feature.

Elvis Manu, who joined the Yorkshire club on loan from Championship rivals Brighton and Hove Albion, is likely to be involved along with Jordy Hiwula, who was recently recalled from his loan spell at Wigan.

Joe Lolley could be in contention after he missed last Saturday’s defeat to Cardiff City through illness whilst Tommy Smith is an option for Wagner after he served the final match of his suspension last week.

Both Ishmael Miller and Sean Scannell are also out of the weekend clash after picking up hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

Victory for PNE would see them move within touching distance of the top half of the table whilst a win for Town could push them up into 15th, just a point behind North End.

If you are not going to Deepdale tomorrow afternoon, follow @SportPluto for full match coverage, including team news.



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