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Preview: Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Town - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Championship clash between Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town will be looking to build on morale-boosting weekend victories when they face off in South Wales on Tuesday evening.

The Bluebirds picked up a first win in four with a convincing victory over Luton Town, while Huddersfield saw off Middlesbrough 3-2 to end their five-game wait for maximum points.

Town enter this game one point and one place better off in the table, but they have failed to beat Cardiff in any of their last 13 encounters in all competitions.


Match preview

Cardiff City's Harry Wilson celebrates scoring with teammates against Barnsley on November 3, 2020© Reuters

Neil Harris was open about the fact that his job was on the line heading into Saturday's home meeting with Luton, who arrived in the Welsh capital with a formidable away record.

The pressure had been building on Harris and it looked like last week's 1-0 loss to strugglers Coventry City may well put the wheels in motion for his dismissal.

However, Cardiff produced arguably their best display of the ex-Millwall manager's tenure against the Hatters for just a second win in nine league games.

City led 2-0 inside nine minutes through goals from Sean Morrison and Mark Harris, before Kieffer Moore and Seyi Ojo added their names to the scoresheet in the second half.

Opponents Huddersfield also enter this game in good spirits, though, as they edged out Boro in an eventful game at the John Smith's Stadium last time out.

Huddersfield Town manager Carlos Corberan pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Josh Koroma struck the winner five minutes from time, less than two minutes after Britt Assombalonga had scored a penalty to make it 2-2.

The victory was Huddersfield's first in a month, a run that had seen them collect just two points from a possible 15.

Boss Carlos Corberan praised the character showed by his side and the Terriers are now seeking back-to-back victories for just the second time this season.

On the most recent occasion they achieved that feat, they beat Swansea City 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium in mid-October.

However, not since 1989-90 have Huddersfield won away to both Swansea and Cardiff in the same season, so they will need to put that right if they are to build some momentum.

Cardiff City Championship form: LWLDLW

Huddersfield Town Championship form: WLDLDW


Team News

Huddersfield Town's Juninho Bacuna celebrates scoring against Derby on October 20, 2020© Reuters

Harris marked his first league start for Cardiff with a goal and may well retain his place in attacking midfield against Huddersfield.

Will Vaulks is another who made the most of his recall to the side, while Ojo - the third of the changes made by Harris last time out - will also be hopeful of retaining his spot.

Harris has the option of partnering Robert Glatzel with Moore up top, or possibly bringing in Junior Hoilett or Josh Murphy out wide, but an unchanged XI is surely more likely.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, are without the injured quartet of Christopher Schindler, Ben Hamer, Alex Pritchard and Tommy Elphick.

Koroma returned to the side against Middlesbrough and scored a vital goal, while Richard Stearman did well in the absence of Schindler, who is out with concussion.

Danny Ward has yet to get off the mark since joining Huddersfield from Cardiff in the summer, though his first start is unlikely to come on Tuesday night.

Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Smithies; Bacuna, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett; Wilson, Ralls, Harris, Vaulks, Ojo; Moore

Huddersfield Town possible starting lineup:
Schofield; Bacuna, Stearman, Sarr, Toffolo; Eiting, Hogg, O'Brien; Mbenza, Campbell, Koroma


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We say: Cardiff City 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield have lost seven of their last eight away games against Cardiff, most recently going down 2-1 in the Welsh capital in August 2019.

Indeed, City's run of 12 league matches unbeaten against Town is bettered only by their runs against Halifax Town and Leeds United (both 16 games).

The visitors drew their most recent away outing and, given both sides' results overall this term, we can see this one finishing all square.


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How you voted: Cardiff vs Huddersfield

Cardiff City
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Draw
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Huddersfield Town
14.9%
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