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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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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