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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
11:33 24th April 2014
By  Dan Nelson

CHAMPIONS IN TOWN

Huddersfield Town hosts Leicester City

Both Huddersfield Town and Leicester City know which league they will be competing in next season.

Adam Clayton’s last gasp winner at Yeovil on Easter Monday put to bed any relegation worries, whilst the Foxes have known for the last few weeks that they will be taking on the elite of English football next term.

Leicester City also know that they will be promoted as champions following their victory against Bolton Wanderers in midweek.

Town will be hoping to end their winless run on home soil which extends to March 1 when the Terriers beat Barnsley 5-0.

Officials

IAIN WILLIAMSON
Glen Hart and Mark Jones
Fourth Official Nicholas Gibbons

201314 Results

Last five

Bolton (A) 1-0 (W)
QPR (H) 1-0 (W)
Reading (A) 1-1 (D)
Brighton (H) 1-4 (L)
Sheffield Wednesday (H) 2-1 (W) 

Team news

TOWN

James Vaughan and Keith Southern are out for Town. Danny Ward should be available despite picking up a head injury against Yeovil. Joel Lynch will also return after serving a two match suspension.  

LEICESTER

Zoumana Bakayogo (knee) is out for the season; Jeff Schlupp is a doubt with a knock and Jamie Vardy is a doubt with a groin injury.

Matty James returned on Tuesday against Bolton from a knee injury.

Manager

NIGEL PEARSON

Following an impressive playing career, Nigel Pearson entered coaching in in the late 90s. His first managerial job was at Southampton having previously taken caretaker charge at Newcastle.

Nigel Pearson

His first spell as Leicester Manager began in 2008 when he led the Foxes to the League 1 title in 2009. The Foxes went on a Club record 23-match unbeaten run and lost only four league games in 46 during their triumphant return to the Championship.

Despite an impressive first year in the Championship, Pearson was relieved of his duties. A spell in charge of Hull City followed before he rejoined the Foxes in late 2012.

This season, Pearson has won 29 of his 44 Championship matches.

Recruits

Since last meeting

IN

Riyad Mahrez – Le Havre – Signed

Riyad Mahrez

Kevin Phillips – Crystal Palace – Free transfer

OUT

James Pearson – Carlisle – Loan
Alie Sesay – Colchester – Loan
Neil Danns – Bolton – Loan
Paul Gallagher – Preston – Loan
Martyn Waghorn – Wigan – Loan

Key players

DAVID NUGENT

Nugent was voted by Championship managers as the third best striker in the league.

The goalscorer, who finished behind Ross McCormack and Danny Ings, was voted the fifth best player of the season. 

David Nugent

In 47 appearances Nugent had netted 20 goals, with his latest one before the Easter weekend coming in the crucial two goal victory over second placed Burnley.

KASPER SCHMEICHEL

Schmeichel is more than living up to the reputation of his family name. The stopper has been in fine form since joining the Foxes in 2011 and has earned international recognition during his time in the Midlands.

The 27 year-old, who is the son of Man Utd legend Peter, began his career at Man City but after a number of loan moves signed for League 1 Notts County. Leeds United signed him a year later before the Foxes swooped with a reported £1m fee. 

WES MORGAN

Club Captain Wes Morgan has been vital in the heart of the Foxes ‘defence this season. The Jamaican international has featured over 40 times this term and netted in the victories against Fulham and Blackpool.

The 30 year-old has spent his entire career in the Football League. It began on loan from Nottingham Forest at Division 3 Kidderminster Harriers. Between 2002 and 2012 he made over 400 appearances for Forest in the Championship before moving to City.

DANNY DRINKWATER

Drinkwater has enjoyed arguably his most successful season of his career this term. The central midfielder, who made his professional debut for Town, has enjoyed his most successful season in front of goal.

He recently reached a century of appearances for the Foxes, which is impressive considering he joined less than two years ago. After leaving Town, he joined Cardiff, Watford and Barnsley on loan before moving from Man Utd permanently. 

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