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PREVIEW: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (H)

7 December 2020

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday’s game

- Preview to Town’s match against Sheffield Wednesday
- A look at Tony Pulis’ key men
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Sky Bet Championship when they face Sheffield Wednesday at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday 8 December 2020; 7.45pm kick-off.

The Terriers go into the midweek clash off the back of an impressive 2-0 victory over QPR on Saturday afternoon.

That win meant that the Terriers are unbeaten in three on home soil having picked up seven points from a possible nine – a run which stretches back a month!

THE OPPOSITION

It’s not been the easiest of starts to the 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship campaign for Sheffield Wednesday. Prior to the start of the season, they were handed a 12-point deduction, which was later halved to six.

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The Owls began the season under the guidance of Garry Monk and beat Cardiff City away from home on the opening day. However, Wednesday had only won three and drawn three of their first 11 matches, which saw Chairman Dejphon Chansiri make a change. At this point, with their six-point deduction, they were level on points with bottom club Derby County.

Shortly after, in came the vastly experienced Tony Pulis as his replacement. Following the international break, his first game at the Club ended in a 1-0 defeat to Preston North End.

His side drew the following three games, before being beaten by Norwich City 2-1 coming into this game; that means that Pulis is still searching for his first win as Wednesday manager.

FORM GUIDE

The Owls go into Tuesday night’s encounter off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Norwich City. They were leading with just 10 minutes to go, but two goals in quick succession condemned them to defeat.

That means they are six games without a win, their last coming on Tuesday 3 November 2020 against AFC Bournemouth at Hillsborough.

They have picked up seven points from eight games on their travels this season – winning two and drawing one. Their last win away from Sheffield came on Saturday 17 October 2020 at Birmingham City!

As mentioned above, Town come into this game under a good vein of form at the John Smith’s Stadium, picking up seven points from a possible nine. The Terriers will be looking to win back-to-back Sky Bet Championship games for the second time this season!

ONES TO WATCH

Barry Bannan

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The Scottish midfielder has been a key figure for Sheffield Wednesday over the last five years making over 200 appearances for the Club.

Bannan, who has experience playing in the Premier League and Europa League, joined Sheffield Wednesday in 2015 from Crystal Palace.

The 31-year-old has been ever-present this season and has scored two goals. He also has one assist to his name.

Josh Windass

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Windass joined Sheffield Wednesday permanently in September 2020 after originally joining on loan from Wigan Athletic.

The attacking midfielder came through Town’s Academy before going on to make his professional debut for Accrington Stanley.

After a spell in Scotland with Rangers, Josh joined Wigan before signing for the Owls. On loan he scored three goals in nine games last year. So far this season, he’s Wednesday’s top scorer with three goals in all competitions.

Callum Paterson

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Paterson joined Sheffield Wednesday from Cardiff City this summer for an undisclosed fee.

The Scottish forward, who has in truth played pretty much everywhere during his career, was a defender at Hearts in the SPL before joining the Welsh side. It was at Cardiff where he progressed up the pitch to a midfielder and then striker.

At the Owls this year, he has mainly been used as a striker, but has also featured in midfield. He’s scored two goals so far this season.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

Town edge the all-time record in the fixture, winning 25 of the 60 matchups between the sides, to Sheffield Wednesday’s 21, since the first competitive meeting back in September 1926.

Fortunes haven’t gone in the Terriers’ favour in recent times however, as Town haven’t beaten Wednesday in normal time since 2013! That day Martin Paterson and Adam Clayton were on the scoresheet before Conor Wickham scored a consolation goal.

Town did, however, beat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on penalties in 2017 in the Play-Off Semi-Final.

ACTION ELSEWHERE

Our match is one of six games on Tuesday. Here’s the full list of games (all kick-offs 7.45pm unless stated)…

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Coventry City vs Luton Town
Huddersfield Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Millwall vs Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City vs Cardiff City
Swansea City vs AFC Bournemouth
Watford vs Rotherham United

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Corberán is waiting on the results of Christopher Schindler's scan to see the severity on the injury he picked up against QPR.

Romoney Crichlow and Álex Vallejo have both resumed First Team training, whilst Tommy Elphick and Richard Stearman continue working with the Medical staff.

KIT

Town will be sporting the famous blue & white stripes against Sheffield Wednesday with the Town Foundation logo on the front – CLICK HERE to get yours!

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!

The match is also available on Sky Sports Football on the red button.

If you haven’t got Sky Sports and aren’t a Season Card Holder, then you can purchase a match pass for £10!


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