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Match Preview: Huddersfield Town

All the build-up to our opening league home game

18 September 2020

Our new home plays host to its first Sky Bet Championship game on Saturday as Huddersfield Town make the trip to West London. On the back of Wednesday's fine Carabao Cup victory over Southampton, Thomas Frank's side will be looking to open their league account following last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City. Below you will find all the info ahead of the game.

THE OPPOSITION

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It will be a new-look Huddersfield Town heading to West London tomorrow as The Terriers look to reincarnate themselves under former Leeds United coach Carlos Corberan. 

The Cowley brothers, who hauled Town away from the relegation zone last term, were relieved of their duties in the summer as Huddersfield turned to a man with two-year's experience working under Marcello Bielsa at Leeds United. The remit for Corberan isn't straight forward as he looks to implement a more pleasing style while also improving on last season's 18th placed finish. 

Town have been active in the transfer market bringing in Kieran Phillips (Everton), Danny Ward (Cardiff City), Pipa (Espanyol) and Naby Sarr (Charlton Athletic) while moving on nine, including Steve Mounie, Colin Quarner, and Elias Kachunga. 

Last season's top scorer Karlan Grant has not featured so far this season as whispers grow that he too may depart soon. 

Town have opened the season with a pair of 1-0 defeats on home soil. Rochdale won at the John Smith's Stadium a fortnight ago in the EFL Cup with a late Adam Idah goal handing Norwich City the points on opening weekend in the Championship. 

THE MANAGER

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After retiring aged 23 to pursue his coaching career, Corberan began as a fitness coach with Villarreal CF, working with their C and B teams before joining the first team staff in 2011. He had two spells as a coach in the middle-East, either side of a six-month stint in charge of Alcorcon's youth team, before landing his first senior management job with Cypriot top flight side Doxa in November 2016. He lasted just two months but did enjoy more success during his subsequent spell with Ermis, guiding them to seventh. The following summer he was named as Head Coach of Leeds United's Under-23s, combining that with a First Team role when Marcello Bielsa was appointed the following summer. 

TEAM NEWS

David Raya has trained this week but there will be no Mads Roerslev. Mathias Jensen missed the midweek win at Southampton after limping off early on against Birmingham City on Saturday. 

For Huddersfield, Danny Ward, Lewis O'Brien, and Naby Sarr are out while Frazier Campbell and Matty Daly only returned to training this week.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 Huddersfield Examiner's Steven Chicken previews The Terriers 

⚖ Craig Pawson will be the man in charge tomorrow

MEMORABLE MEETING

HOW TO FOLLOW

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