Huddersfield Town travel to Birmingham City as they continue to look for their first win under new manager David Wagner, while the Blues will seek to bounce back from successive defeats.
Gary Rowett’s men had a terrific start to the season, but they have won just one of their last six games, yet still find themselves in the play-off places.
Brum have struggled upfront in the last few games, failing to score in four of their last six, while top scorer Clayton Donaldson is out injured.
The Terriers have failed to win in their last six games and that form has left them in the relegation zone, leaving new boss Wagner with a tough task of installing confidence in his struggling side.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Andrew Bell identifies three things to look out for in this afternoon’s encounter…
1) High intensity from Huddersfield
Since former Borussia Dortmund coach Wagner arrived at the John Smith’s Stadium, there has been an increased intensity in Huddersfield’s performances, with it being one of the things that the German demands.
Following his side’s 2-0 win over the Terriers, Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka praised the opposition’s intensity, and a number of players have spoken about it on the pitch and in training.
That high intensity is expected to continue at St Andrews on Saturday, as Huddersfield look to climb out of the relegation zone with a first win since October.
2) Birmingham desperately looking for goals
Donaldson has been an incredibly important player for Birmingham since his arrival from Brentford, and the injury he picked up on international duty is a huge blow for boss Rowett.
James Vaughan moved to club before the loan deadline but he will be ineligible to face his parent club on Saturday, which means summer signing Nicolai Brock-Madsen will likely to start again.
He is still looking for his first goal for the club and he will be hoping he can end that run on Saturday, rather than relying on his team mates for the winner.
3) A low-scoring encounter
With both teams struggling for goals and form in recent weeks, this game isn’t expected to set the world alight, and will likely be decided by the odd goal.
Birmingham will be looking to Arsenal loanee Jon Toral to add to his four goals as well as hope that Brock-Madsen finds his goal-scoring boots soon, while Huddersfield will be looking to joint-top scorer Nakhi Wells and Emyr Huws for their goals.
Either way, this isn’t likely to be high-scoring encounter.
Birmingham and Huddersfield fans…what are your predictions for the match? Will Birmingham get back to winning ways? Can David Wagner get his first win as Huddersfield boss? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!