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PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY (A)

30 November 2020

Match Previews

PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY (A)

30 November 2020

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday’s game

- Cardiff vs Town preview
- A look at Neil Harris’ 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 Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 1 December 2020; 7pm kick-off.

The Terriers go into the midweek clash off the back of an impressive 3-2 victory over Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

It means the Terriers have taken four points from a possible six in the last two outings, ahead of Tuesday’s trip to the Welsh capital.

Town have already had success in Wales this season, coming away from the Liberty Stadium in October with all three points following a 2-1 win at Swansea City.

THE OPPOSITION

Neil Harris’ side come into the game after a mixed start to the campaign that sees them sit one point and one place below Town after 14 matches.

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Harris, who started his managerial career at Millwall, joined the Bluebirds in November 2019 following his departure from The Den, a place in which he previously called home as both a player and a manager.

The 43-year-old guided Cardiff to a fifth-place finish in his first season at the Club in 2019/20, making the play-offs before defeat to Fulham over two legs at the semi-final stage.

This season, his side endured a difficult start to the campaign on home soil, not winning any of their first four matches but have since won two of their last three at the Cardiff City Stadium in high-scoring fashion (3-0 and 4-0).

FORM GUIDE

The Bluebirds go into Tuesday night’s encounter off the back of their best result so far this campaign, overcoming Luton Town 4-0 at the weekend.

It was a strong response to a testing return from the international break that had seen them draw at Millwall before suffering a narrow defeat at Coventry City last week.

The Terriers go into the game following a similar return from the break, having taken four points from the last three games including a draw at Wycombe Wanderers and victory over Middlesbrough in the last week.

ONES TO WATCH

Sean Morrison

The Cardiff skipper is one of three Bluebirds players to have played every minute of their Sky Bet Championship campaign so far this season.

The centre-back has made just over 250 appearances for the Club since signing from Reading back in 2014 and was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League in 2017/18 having been named the Club’s Player of the Year following an impressive season of performances at the back.

Prior to his move to the Welsh capital, Morrison had two loan spells with the Terriers in both 2011 and 2012 and scored his spot-kick in the 2011/12 League 1 Play-Off Final penalty shootout win against Sheffield United.

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Sheyi Ojo

The on-loan Liverpool winger has made an impressive start to his season-long loan at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Ojo has found the net three times in the famous blue shirt, including scoring the Bluebirds’ fourth in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Luton.

He’s racked up two assists to go with his three strikes in the opening few months of his latest loan spell from the Anfield club, having continued his development in recent seasons with the likes of Rangers, Reims and Fulham.

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Kieffer Moore

The forward has enjoyed a prolific start to the 2019/20 campaign as Cardiff’s top scorer in the Sky Bet Championship, finding the net five times in the opening months of the season.

Moore, who signed from Wigan Athletic in the summer, has netted in two of the Bluebirds three games since the international break.

The 28-year-old also has 12 caps and four goals for Wales at senior level, having made his international debut in a friendly win against Belarus in September last year.

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PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

Town edge the all-time record in the fixture, winning 29 of the 77 matchups between the sides, to Cardiff's 26, since the first competitive meeting back in December 1921.

Fortunes haven’t gone in the Terriers’ favour in recent times however, as Tuesday night’s game will see us go in search of a first win in the fixture in 14 meetings.

That last win against the Bluebirds came in a Division 2 clash in the 2002/03 campaign when a late Andy Booth header secured all three points for the Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.

ACTION ELSEWHERE

Our trip to the Welsh capital is one of 12 games in this midweek’s round of Sky Bet Championship fixtures. Here’s the full list of games (all kick-offs 7.45pm unless stated)…

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Cardiff City vs Huddersfield Town (7pm BST)

Birmingham City vs Barnsley

AFC Bournemouth vs Preston North End

Derby County vs Coventry City

Queens Park Rangers vs Bristol City

Rotherham United vs Brentford (8pm BST)

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Middlesbrough vs Swansea City (7pm BST)

Blackburn Rovers vs Millwall

Luton Town vs Norwich City

Nottingham Forest vs Watford

Sheffield Wednesday vs Reading

Wycombe Wanderers vs Stoke City

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Corberán will detail the Terriers’ latest team news ahead Tuesday’s game during his virtual press conference on Monday 30 November 2020.

Town’s Head Coach will likely provide an update on the fitness of Richard Stearman who was forced off during Saturday’s win against Middlesbrough with a hamstring injury.

KIT

Town will be sporting the red away kit for Tuesday’s trip to the Cardiff City Stadium with The Kirkwood 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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