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Pep Guardiola predicts "tough" Huddersfield Town test

Guardiola wary of Huddersfield test
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warns his side that they will face a "tough" test against Huddersfield Town when they face off in the Premier League.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his players to expect a "tough" test against Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

The defending champions welcome the Terriers to the Etihad Stadium for their first home game of the campaign this weekend, looking to build on their opening 2-0 victory away to Arsenal.

City needed a late goal to get past Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium last term and were then held to a goalless draw by David Wagner's side at home in May, and Guardiola is expecting another difficult encounter this time around.

"Last season was tough, those games. They defended so well. They are so tough - physicality, defensively strong, good set pieces, good throw-ins, good counter-attack, good high pressing. It was complicated last season and I imagine quite similar games," Guardiola told reporters.

"In this part of the season, all the teams, especially those with a lot of players at the World Cup, you need time - one month or a month and a half. In this period, these kind of games are so dangerous for the players. Games like this - and Wolves, Cardiff, Fulham - I prefer these teams in October/November.

"In this period the contenders, the big teams, history says always drop points. I remember last season we dropped points against Everton, and Bournemouth we won in the 96th minute. Always in this period games are so complicated. I guess it will be on Sunday."

Man City are unbeaten in all five of their meetings with Huddersfield since the turn of the century.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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