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PREVIEW: STOKE CITY (H)

28 January 2021

A look at Huddersfield Town’s Sky Bet Championship opponents

- Preview to Town’s match against Stoke City
- A look at Michael O’Neill’s Potters
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town welcome Stoke City to the John Smith Stadium on Saturday 30 January 2021 in a Sky Bet Championship; 3pm kick-off.

The Terriers will be looking to bounce back from their midweek defeat against Bristol City and look for their first win of 2021.

Carlos Corberan’s side go into the game at the John Smith Stadium having taken no points from their last four league games, including two of those on home soil.

THE OPPOSITION

The Potters currently sit in 9th position in the Sky Bet Championship as they go into the second half of the season looking for a push into the Play-Off places.

Stoke are without an away win since the beginning of December. Since then, they have drawn all five of their away games leading up to today.

On the road the Potters have won four fixtures, drawing a further seven; that means they have only lost two fixtures away from home this season!

FORM GUIDE

Stoke come into this match also off the back of a defeat; they lost to Watford last weekend in the Sky Bet Championship.

Similar to Town, the Potters are yet to find their first league win of 2021, although they have picked up more points than the hosts, having clenched two points from their last four fixtures by holding both Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United to a draw.

ONES TO WATCH

Nick Powell

The attacking midfielder is the Potters’ current top goal scorer of the season with seven goals to his name!

Usually playing in the number 10 role, Nick has been integral to Michael O'Neill's side this season. He also has two assists this year.

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Jack Clarke

20-year-old Jack Clarke is one of the Potters’ newest members, signing on loan until the end of the season from Tottenham in the middle of January.

The winger has since gone on to make three appearances for the side in just two weeks.

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Nathan Collins

The Irish centre-back has become a regular in the First Team’s starting XI after coming through Stoke City’s youth team ranks.

The 19-year-old has two goals to his name this season and has also set up one for his teammates.

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PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

It is the Potters who have edged the record against the Terriers, winning 30 of the 77 encounters to Town’s 22, with the other 25 playing out as draws.

In their last meeting this season, Town travelled to the bet365 Stadium where they were defeated by the Potters in a seven-goal match, 4-3.

ACTION ELSEWHERE

Our game is one of 10 fixtures in this Saturday’s round of Sky Bet Championship matches.

Here is the full list of fixtures being played over the weekend (all kick-offs 3pm unless stated).

Friday 29 January 2021

Reading vs AFC Bournemouth (8pm KO)

Saturday 30 January 2021

Norwich City vs Middlesbrough (12:30pm KO)
Birmingham City vs Coventry City
Blackburn Rovers vs Luton Town
Brentford vs Wycombe Wanderers
Cardiff City vs Millwall
Derby County vs Bristol City
Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley
Rotherham United vs Swansea City
Sheffield Wednesday vs Preston North End

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Corberan will provide an update on his side ahead of Saturday’s game during his virtual press conference on Friday (29 January 2021) at 1.30pm GMT.

KIT

Town will be in the blue-and-white striped home kit for the visit of the Potters – CLICK HERE to get your home shirt!

HOW TO WATCH

Huddersfield Town supporters can watch Saturday afternoon’s game against Stoke City LIVE on iFollow HTAFC and Sky Sports.

Season Card holders will be able to watch the game on iFollow HTAFC. If you aren’t a Season Card Holder, then you can watch the game on Sky Sports! As the match has been selected for live broadcast, match passes will not be available on iFollow HTAFC.

CLICK HERE for more information!

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Match Reports

REPORT: TOWN 1–1 STOKE

30 January 2021

Huddersfield Town were held to a 1-1 draw by a 10-man Stoke City side in the Sky Bet Championship.

Pipa had opened the scoring for the Terriers inside the opening 10 minutes, but his goal was cancelled out by Steven Fletcher’s penalty midway through the opening half.

Rhys Norrington-Davies was then sent off for a dangerous challenge on Juninho Bacuna just before half-time with the visitors, a man down, standing firm in the second half to hold Town to a point at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Head Coach Carlos Corberán named the same side that started at Bristol City on Tuesday evening, with Lewis O’Brien making the 100th start of his career.

There was also a first inclusion in the match day squad for Duane Holmes since his return to the Club earlier in the week, with the midfielder named as one of the Spaniard’s nine substitutes for the visit of the Potters.

The Terriers started the encounter just as they had finished in midweek at Ashton Gate; on the front foot and with intensity.

That start produced the game’s first goal as Isaac Mbenza cut the ball back for Pipa who saw his deflected low driven strike find the net to open the scoring five minutes in.

The goal was the full-back’s first at the John Smith’s Stadium and came courtesy of Mbenza’s seventh assist of the campaign.

Despite a positive start, in which Fraizer Campbell also headed narrowly wide, the visitors drew level midway through the first half.

Naby Sarr brought down Stoke winger Jack Clarke just inside the penalty area with Steven Fletcher stepping up to convert the spot-kick.

After an evenly-battled period between the sides leading up to the break, the visitors were reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half-time.

A high tackle from Rhys Norrington-Davies on Juninho Bacuna on the stroke of half-time saw the Potters’ defender shown a red card.

After the break, Town looked to seize on that numerical advantage and dominated possession and continued to create opportunities in search of the go-ahead goal.

One man that contributed within that possession was Duane Holmes who Carlos Corberán introduced for his second Town debut after the midfielder completed his move back to the Club earlier in the week.

Just after the substitution, Town went close to the game's third goal. Harry Toffolo cut the ball back for Lewis O’Brien who saw his lobbed effort pushed onto the woodwork by Stoke ‘keeper Angus Gunn.

Moments later, Bacuna cut in from the left and had his curling goal-bound effort headed off the line by James McClean at the back post.

On 76 minutes, it was Toffolo’s turn to try his luck. Town’s skipper for the day lifted a shot over the bar as the push continued to break down a deep-lying and compact Stoke setup.

The visitors’ resilience continued into stoppage time however, as the Terriers mounted their final opportunity of the afternoon.

Having opened the scoring earlier in the game, Pipa cut inside from the right and tried to find the near post with his weaker foot, but the effort went narrowly wide with the points shared at full-time in West Yorkshire.

Next up for Town is a trip to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 6 February 2020; 3pm kick-off.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (4-3-3)

Ryan Schofield; Harry Toffolo (c), Naby Sarr, Richard Keogh (Kieran Phillips, 77'), Pipa; Álex Vallejo, Lewis O’Brien, Juninho Bacuna; Rolando Aarons (Duane Holmes, 59'), Fraizer Campbell, Isaac Mbenza (Alex Pritchard, 85')

Unused subs

Joel Pereira; Demeaco Duhaney, Romoney Crichlow, Jaden Brown, Pat Jones, Scott High

STOKE CITY (4-3-3)

Angus Gunn; Rhys Norrington-Davies, James Chester, Harry Souttar, Nathan Collins; John Obi Mikel (c), Jordan Thompson, Joe Allen; James McClean, Steven Fletcher (Jacob Brown, 58'), Jack Clarke (Jordan Cousins, 70')

Unused subs

Josef Bursik; Danny Batth, Sam Vokes, Tommy Smith, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Sam Clucas, Rabbi Matondo

REFEREE

Gavin Ward

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