All the info you need to know ahead of Town’s opener
- Everything you need to know ahead of Town vs Derby County
- A look at Phillip Cocu’s Derby County
- Tickets still available for the game
Huddersfield Town begin their Sky Bet Championship season when they host last season’s Play-Off finalists Derby County under the Monday night lights at the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday 5 August; 7:45pm kick-off.
After working hard over the summer, Jan Siewert’s side is unbeaten this pre-season, with the most impressive results being a victory over Bundesliga II side Hamburger SV and a draw against Ligue 1’s Montpellier HSC.
The Terriers will be looking to kick start their return to the Sky Bet Championship with a victory over a team that will also be looking to push for promotion. Whereas Derby will be hoping to get Phillip Cocu’s reign underway with three points.
The last time the two sides faced each other was in April 2017 where Town secured a point on the road at Pride Park. Monday’s visitors last visit to the John Smith’s Stadium saw Elias Kachunga score a 93rd minute winner for the Terriers in a 1-0 victory.
Tickets are still on sale for Monday night’s match at the John Smith’s Stadium. This is your chance to get behind Jan Siewert’s side and make a real difference! Click here to buy!
Supporters who can’t make it to the John Smith’s Stadium can listen to live commentary from the game on iFollow HTAFC!
All you need to do is purchase a Monthly or Season Pass to tune in live and listen.
Please note this game will only be streamed in the following countries:
Armenia, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, San Marino, Ukraine, Vatican City.
Middle East & North Africa
Gaza Strip, South Sudan, West Bank.
Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Namibia, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Western Sahara, Zimbabwe.
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Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, St Barthelemy, St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts & Nevis, St Martin, St Vincent & the Grenadines, US Virgin Islands.
American Samoa, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna.
Town will be debuting the new 2019/20 home kit on Monday night’s game! Click here to buy this season’s kit!
Phillip Cocu was announced as the new manager of Derby County earlier this summer following the departure of Frank Lampard to Chelsea. The former PSV and Fenerbahce Manager will be hoping to go one step further than his predecessor, with the Club missing out in last season’s Play-Off Final.
The Rams booked their place in the Play-Offs with a 3-1 win against West Brom on the final day of the season. They faced Leeds United in the Semi-Final’s and lost 1-0 at home in the first leg. Derby travelled to Elland Road for the second leg and overturned the deficit by beating Marcelo Bielsa’s side 4-2 after extra-time.
Unfortunately for the Club it was Aston Villa who secured their place in this season’s Premier League, goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn were enough as Villa beat Derby 2-1 in the Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium.
Derby will have a different look to their frontline this year as top goal-scorer Harry Wilson and midfielder Mason Mount both returned to their retrospective clubs following successful loan periods.
The Rams strengthened their squad, however by bringing in midfielders Graeme Shinnie on a free transfer and Kieran Dowell on loan from Everton.
ONES TO WATCH
Martyn Waghorn joined Derby from Ipswich Town before the 2018/19 season. The striker scored nine league goals for the Rams last term and will be looking to build on that tally.
Waghorn made his professional debut in 2007 for Sunderland, a Club he had been with since the age of eight. The former England U21 international went on to play for eight different clubs before joining Derby last summer.
Derby skipper Richard Keogh joined the Club from Coventry City ahead of the 2012/13 season, since signing he has gone on the make 308 league appearances.
Keogh spent his youth career at Ipswich Town and Stoke City, but it was with Icelandic-side Vikingur where he made his senior debut in 2004, playing in the Urvalsdeild. The John Smith’s Stadium will be a familiar sight for the centre-back, as he spent a short loan spell at the Club during the 2007/08 season.
He has represented Republic of Ireland at international level, making 21 appearances for his country and in 2014 was named as an international captain for the first time.
Tom Huddlestone returned to his boyhood Club Derby County ahead of the 2017/18 season following 12 years away from the Rams. He spent eight seasons at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League before signing for Hull City in 2013.
During his time at Tottenham, Huddlestone was called up for the England squad, and went on to received four caps, the first being in 2009.
TEAM NEWS – DERBY
Phillip Cocu may have some injury concerns ahead of the game. Andre Wisdom is nursing a knee injury and Duane Holmes has been out recently with a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, George Thorne, Jack Marriott and Scott Carson are all carrying knocks, and may not be fit to play on Monday night.
TEAM NEWS – TOWN
Huddersfield Town Head Coach Jan Siewart will provide the latest update on his team during Thursday’s Press Conference at PPG Canalside.
New signings Tommy Elphick, Herbert Bockhorn, Reece Brown, Josh Koroma and Kamil Grabara could be in line to make their professional debuts for the Club.