Everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday’s game
- Town vs Blackburn Rovers preview
- A look at Tony Mowbray’s side
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC
Huddersfield Town return to action with the visit of Blackburn Rovers to the John Smith’s Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday 29 December 2020; 7.45pm kick-off.
The Terriers will be looking to bounce back from a late defeat on Boxing Day at Barnsley with a fifth successive win on home soil.
Tuesday’s game is Town’s final match of the calendar year and first of three straight games at the John Smith’s Stadium over the next few weeks.
Tony Mowbray’s side make the trip over the Pennines looking to build on their place in the top half of the table approaching the midway point in the season.
Off the back of an 11th place finish last season, Rovers occupy the same spot through the first 21 games of the current campaign.
The Lancashire side have racked up 29 points so far this season and sit just a point ahead of Town prior to Tuesday evening’s meeting.
Despite their current mid-table position, the Rovers are the division's joint-top scorers so far in this campaign with 35 goals in their scoring column.
Blackburn are also in mid-table in the Championship’s away form table for this season but will be hoping to improve on their recent away form during their trip to West Yorkshire, with just one win in their last six on their travels.
Carlos Corberán’s side go into the final fixture of 2020 looking to build on a strong run at the back end of the year on home soil.
The Terriers have won each of the last four games in HD1 and are unbeaten in five ahead of Tuesday’s visit of the Rovers.
As for the visitors, they have impressed on the whole since the last international break in November, losing just three of their ten matches since.
Having originally gone five games unbeaten following that break, Mowbray’s side endured a small stumble with three losses in four earlier this month but impressed last time out against Sheffield Wednesday and were unfortunate not to come away with more from their 1-1 draw with the Owls on Boxing Day.
ONE TO WATCH
The Rovers forward has been in fine form so far this season and already has 15 league goals to his name.
That tally is bettered only by Brentford’s Ivan Toney in this season’s Sky Bet Championship (16), whilst he has contributed directly to just over half of his side’s goals in the league so far this season (51.4%).
Having originally moved to Ewood Park on loan from Newcastle United in January 2018 before signing permanently that summer, it’s the 23-year-old’s fourth season with the Club in which he has now scored 51 goals in 139 appearances for, across all competitions.
Tuesday’s meeting will be our 92nd with the Rovers since the first nearly a century ago, in February 1921.
It’s the visitors who have the edge in the fixture’s history with 33 wins to our 24 (34 draws), but our recent form in the encounter has seen us go unbeaten in our last eight against the Rovers.
The game will be exactly a year on from our last meeting in the corresponding fixture in the Sky Bet Championship last season, in which goals from Jon Gorenc Stanković and Steve Mounié saw us come from behind to claim a 2-1 victory at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Our game is one of 11 fixtures in this midweek round of Sky Bet Championship matches. Here’s the full slate with all games 19:45 GMT kick-off unless stated. Millwall’s game against Watford has been postponed due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Lions’ squad.
Tuesday 29 December 2020
Birmingham City v Derby County (17:30 GMT)
Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough (19:00 GMT)
Huddersfield Town v Blackburn Rovers
Luton Town v Bristol City
Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers
Preston North End v Coventry City
Rotherham United v Barnsley
Wycombe Wanderers v Cardiff City
Stoke City v Nottingham Forest (20:00 GMT)
Wednesday 30 December 2020
Brentford v AFC Bournemouth (17:30 GMT)
Swansea City v Reading (20:00 GMT)
With Tuesday’s game coming shortly after the Boxing Day trip to Barnsley, Carlos Corberán could remain without the services of Joel Pereira (shoulder), Tommy Elphick (knee), Richard Stearman (hamstring), Josh Koroma (hamstring), Danny Ward (hamstring), Christopher Schindler (knee), and Kieran Phillips (knee).
Town will be in the blue-and-white striped home kit with the Kirklees College logo on the front for the visit of the Rovers – CLICK HERE to get your home shirt!
HOW TO WATCH
With the game being played behind-closed-doors, Town Season Card holders will be able to watch the match for FREE on iFollow HTAFC!
If you haven’t got Sky Sports and aren’t a Season Card Holder, then you can purchase a match pass for £10!