Huddersfield Town will be looking to continue their rise up the table when they face promotion-chasing Preston North End on Saturday.
The Terriers are currently on a terrific run of form under Danny Cowley, as they are looking to extend their unbeaten run to eight games at the weekend against the Lilywhites. On this current unbeaten run, Huddersfield haven’t played anyone in the current top half, meaning the trip to Deepdale presents the West Yorkshire side with a real acid test, to see if they can mix it with the division’s best.
Preston are currently yet to taste defeat at home this season and that run stretches back to April of last season. Huddersfield will definitely have a task on their hands to halt the form of Alex Neil’s side but they will be full of confidence after their dispatching of in-form Brentford at Griffin Park last weekend.
With Cowley and Huddersfield looking to continue their fine run of form, we take a look at the side we expect him to field for the test at Deepdale…
There should be no alteration to the solid setup Cowley has used at Town so far, in a sturdy 4-2-3-1 formation that has seen them become much harder to beat of late. In goal will be Liverpool loanee Kamil Grabara, who has overcome illness in recent weeks to make his return to the side, and kept a clean sheet last time out.
Just in front of the ‘keeper, the Terriers are expected to have a back four of Florent Hadergjonaj, Christopher Schindler, Tommy Elphick, and Danny Simpson. This back four presents the first change that has to be made in the side with Jayden Brown missing out due to an injury he suffered in the win over Brentford. In his place is natural right-back Hadergjonaj who replaced him in that win.
Another enforced change to be made comes in Town’s defensive-midfield pairing, as Jonathan Hogg makes way for Trevoh Chalobah. Cowley revealed in his pre-match press conference that Hogg would not be available and that someone would have to take his place, to which Chalobah is the next player in the pecking order.
In the attacking-midfield trident is expected to be Karlan Grant, Lewis O’Brien, and Elias Kachunga. Grant is perhaps more suited to be a natural striker but Cowley will be keen to continue the side’s strong momentum and Grant’s winning goal against Brentford came from the left-wing, as he cut inside and lashed a strike into the far corner.
Playing up front will be Frazier Campbell who will have a similar task this week as he did last, being patient without the ball and working hard to ensure the Preston defenders aren’t at all comfortable.