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MATCH PREVIEW: DERBY COUNTY (A)

13 February 2020

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Town travel to Pride Park on Saturday 15 February 2020


- Preview for Town’s Sky Bet Championship match against Derby County
- Ones to watch on Phillip Cocu’s side
- Tickets still available for the game

Huddersfield Town make the trip down to the East Midlands to face Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 15 February 2020; 3pm kick-off.

Danny Cowley’s side will be looking for an immediate response to Wednesday night’s 3-0 loss to Cardiff City at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The game at Pride Park is the first of consecutive away games for Town, with a trip to Swansea City to follow a week later.

Town narrowly lost out in the reverse fixture with the Rams earlier this season; losing 2-1 on the opening weekend of the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season.

THE OPPOSITION

Philip Cocu’s side will also be looking to bounce back from a defeat in midweek, having lost 3-2 to Bristol City on Wednesday evening.

The loss was not tpyical of the Rams' recent form, with Cocu's men losing just two of their last 10 games in all competitions.

It has ignited a potential second half of the season Play-Off push at Pride Park, but following the defeat at Ashton Gate, the Rams still sit 10 points adrift of the play-off places.

Their form has also seen them progress to the Fifth Round of the Emirates FA Cup in recent weeks, with a tie against Manchester United awaiting the Rams next month.

Midfielder Tom Lawrence scored both of Derby’s goals when the two sides met in West Yorkshire earlier in the season.

ONES TO WATCH

Duane Holmes

Holmes came through the youth ranks at Huddersfield Town before making his professional debut for the Terriers in 2013. During his time at Town, he had loan spells at Yeovil Town and Bury before a permanent move to Scunthorpe United in 2016. The full-back signed for Derby prior to last season and has been a key creative threat for the Rams, being utilised predominantly from his defensive role in his 62 appearances for the Club.

Wayne Rooney

The Englishman burst on to the scene as a 16-year-old at Everton back in 2002 before a move to Manchester United two years later. Across 13 years at United, Rooney became the Club’s all-time top scorer, finding the net 253 times in 559 games before returning to Everton in 2017. Following a season back with his boyhood club, Rooney had a spell in the MLS with DC United before signing for the Rams in January as a player-coach.

Martyn Waghorn

The forward has been the spearhead of the Rams’ attack in recent seasons, having made the move to Pride Park in 2018. Waghorn brings a wealth of Championship experience to Derby, having spent time in the division with the likes of Leicester City, Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town. Derby’s no.9 is currently their top scorer so far in 2019/20, netting 11 times in 35 games across all competitions.

TEAM NEWS – DERBY COUNTY

Midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Ikechi Anya are continuing to recover from hamstring and calf injuries respectively, but could return for Saturday’s game at Pride Park.

Krystian Bielik (knee) and George Evans (calf) remain sidelined with longer-term injuries.

TEAM NEWS – TOWN

Danny Cowley will detail Huddersfield Town’s latest team news during his Press Conference.

Town’s manager was without Tommy Elphick (knee, pictured below), Collin Quaner (hip), Kamil Grabara (head), Karlan Grant (knock) and Alex Pritchard (training after knee injury) during Town’s game against Cardiff City.

TICKETS

There are still tickets available in the Town’s allocation for the game at Pride Park – CLICK HERE to get yours!

KIT

Town will wear the fiery coral third kit during Saturday’s encounter – CLICK HERE to buy yours!

SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Travelling to Pride Park? CLICK HERE for an away guide!

iFOLLOW HTAFC

Huddersfield Town fans that live outside the UK can watch the game live with an International Match Pass for £5.

Supporters who are in the UK will be able to listen to in-game commentary from the John Smith’s Stadium if they purchase an Audio Match Pass. The audio commentary is also available to those supporters who have monthly or season iFollow HTAFC passes.


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