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Nov 21, 2020 at 3pm UK at Bet365 Stadium
StokeStoke City
HuddersfieldHuddersfield Town
Campbell (31', 33'), Stearman (45' og.), Clucas (57')
Obi Mikel (44'), Smith (62')
FT(HT: 3-2)
Eiting (24'), Mbenza (40'), Sarr (60')
Hogg (45+2')

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

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship fixture between Stoke City and Huddersfield Town, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Stoke City play host to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon looking for the win which may take the club into the top six of the Championship standings.

Having recorded just one victory in five matches, the Terriers make the trip to the bet365 Stadium sitting in 13th position.

Match preview

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill pictured in October 2020© Reuters

During the early weeks of the season, Stoke received praise for their consistency, especially in defence with clean sheets being recorded on a regular basis.

However, Michael O'Neill has seemingly tinkered with the mentality of his squad, trading in tighter efforts at the back for a greater attacking urgency at the other end of the pitch.

Although shutouts are proving harder to come by, nine of Stoke's 15 strikes this season have come from their last five matches, including three against leaders Reading before the international break.

The result at the Madejski Stadium has catapulted the Potters back into the playoff mix, and O'Neill will be delighted that each goal came from his forward line.

After a slow start to the campaign, Steven Fletcher has now scored three times in five outings, while Tyrese Campbell has eight contributions to his name.

Opponents Huddersfield had looked liked guaranteed relegation contenders during the early weeks of the season before eventually appearing to find their way under new boss Carlos Corberan.

However, collecting just four points from their last five games has changed the mood at the John Smith's Stadium, leaving the Terriers back in the mid-table places.

Taking everything into account, Corberan will be content with the club's position at this stage of the campaign, but he will be less than satisfied with their differing performance levels.

Although their last three defeats have been by 2-1 scorelines, those games further highlighted that the Yorkshire outfit need to be more clinical in the final third.

Stoke City Championship form: DWLWLW

Huddersfield Town Championship form: WLLWLD

Team News

Huddersfield Town manager Carlos Corberan pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Barring any late fitness issues, Corberan could opt against making changes to his Huddersfield XI.

If the Spaniard opts to revert to a back three, Christopher Schindler will be restored to the defence.

Despite their comprehensive win over Reading, Stoke boss O'Neill will be forced to make at least one alteration at the weekend.

James McClean recorded a positive coronavirus test on international duty with Republic of Ireland, while Jordan Thompson missed Northern Ireland's last match through injury.

Tashan Oakley-Boothe could come into the centre of midfield, with Josh Tymon and Tom Ince alternatives to McClean on the left flank.

Stoke City possible starting lineup:
Gunn; Smith, Souttar, Batth, Fox; Campbell, Mikel, Oakley-Boothe, Ince; Powell, Fletcher

Huddersfield Town possible starting lineup:
Hamer; Pipa, Stearman, Sarr, Toffolo; Eiting, Hogg, O'Brien; Diakhaby, Campbell, Koroma

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We say: Stoke City 2-1 Huddersfield Town

The inconsistencies of both clubs makes this a difficult match to call, particularly after the enforced break. However, despite their struggles to put together two wins in succession, we are backing Stoke to edge a close game in the Potteries.

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