Huddersfield. The Cowley Brothers. Wednesday night. All the hallmarks of an absolute classic. Last year, we did the double of two 0-0 draws with the Terrier; both games we should have won. We have beaten them once this season so a second win would see us completing the double over them, a few days after we completed the double over Luton. Things are improving under Harris and tonight’s game feels important. It’s vital if we have any designs on playoff football…
Huddersfield Town vs. Cardiff City
The John Smith Stadium, Huddersfield
Wednesday 12th February
Cardiff’s starting XI…
Three things to look out for
An unchanged lineup. While the first half on Saturday was largely forgettable, there’s not much you would change about the second half. Murphy, Albert, Vaulks, Bennett, Tomlin, and Paterson were all pretty good. Surely you can’t change it tonight?
New signings. It may be the first chance for Sanderson and Smith to be involved on the bench tonight and there will be some intrigue over them. Sanderson was at Luton on Saturday and he looks pretty tall. Smith, on the other hand, was shopping for a TV in Cardiff so I couldn’t judge his height. Jazz has been inconsistent recently so Sanderson probably has more of a chance of breaking into the first side at this rate.
Sub club. All of a sudden, our bench is looking quite strong. Glatzel and Ward are good options to turn to. As are Hoilett and Whyte. Flint is a sturdy defender, even if he is inconsistent at times. But we have players on the bench who we can turn to in a bid to change the way we play. Ward offers running into the channels while Glatzel can hold the ball up and make runs. Hoilett and Whyte are two different wingers who can be deployed with different effect. Rather than more of the same, it’s options that can help change the game.
Players to watch out for
Huddersfield pulled off a decent loan signing in January when they signed Emile Smith-Rowe from Arsenal. A highly rated youngster, he’s slotted in right away and got himself a goal and an assist. The return of Mounie should also be a cause for concern. He’s got himself six goals this season and while he may not be the most prolific, he is dangerous in front of goal.
They are also to call on some familiar names that should worry us. Fraizer Campbell was pretty deadly for Cardiff during his spell here. They’ve also got the other Bacuna…
Worst case result
While Huddersfield aren’t out of trouble, they have improved under the Cowley’s and have plenty of dangerous players in their side. We start slow and gift them a couple chances, they could punish us. We end slow, the same might happen. It’s going to be close but they could nick it 1-0.
Best case result
We play like we did against Luton, we have a great chance here. We controlled the second half at Kenilworth Road and if we can replicate that for the majority of this game, we should seal a win. 2-0.