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PREVIEW: STOKE CITY (A)

17 November 2020

A look ahead to Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship game

- Match preview for Town’s match against Stoke City
- The ones to watch on Michael O’Neill’s side
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town return to action after the November international break when they travel to Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday 21 November 2020; 3pm kick-off

Carlos Corberán’s side will be looking to get off to a winning start as the fixtures come thick and fast – there’s 12 between the Stoke game and Town’s fixture on 2 January 2020!

In their last outing away from home, the Terriers beat Millwall 3-0 in what was an impressive team performance! They also drew 1-1 with Luton Town prior to the international break.

It’s the first back-to-back away games for Town who face Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening.

THE OPPOSITION

Stoke City have excelled under the management of Michael O’Neill (below) and currently sit just outside the Play-Off places with 18 points from 11 games.

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The former Northern Ireland Manager was appointed in November 2019 and helped guide the Potters away from the relegation zone.

They brought their good form from the end of the 2019/20 campaign – winning four of their last six games - into the new one.

They were only beaten once in their opening seven games of the campaign beating the likes of Brentford, Luton and Preston during that time.

The Potters have only been beaten once at the bet365 Stadium so far this season – winning two and drawing two. That defeat came in their first home game of the campaign as they were beaten 2-0 by Bristol City.

O’Neill bolstered his squad by bringing in experience through James Chester, John Obi Mikel and Steven Fletcher. Alongside younger players like Jacob Brown.

FORM GUIDE

As mentioned earlier, the Terriers will be looking to get back to winning ways after their draw with Luton prior to the break.

On the road, however, Town have won two, drawn one and lost two. The last win coming against Millwall.

As for the hosts, they’ll be looking to continue their good run of form. They beat table toppers Reading 3-0 away from home!

They have the 12th best home form in the Sky Bet Championship, picking up eight points from five games at the bet365 Stadium.

ONES TO WATCH

Tommy Smith

The right-back is no stranger to Huddersfield Town fans after making 200 appearances for the Club. Tommy joined Town from Manchester City before progressing through the Terriers’ Academy into the First Team.

Tommy went from strength-to-strength at Town and helped the Club win promotion to the Premier League, leading the Terriers out at Wembley. He was then appointed Town’s Club Captain for the years in the top-flight.

He joined Stoke City in July 2019 and has been virtually ever present under Michael O’Neill. The attack minded defender has one goal and one assist to his name this season.

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Tyrese Campbell

Like Tommy, Tyrese progressed through Manchester City’s Academy before joining the Potters.

The striker, who can also play out-wide, made his professional debut on 24 February 2018 in a 1–1 draw at Leicester City in the Premier League. It was during the 2019/20 season, where he became a regular for Stoke City.

The 20-year-old has scored three goals this season, including a brace against Brentford, and set five goals up for his teammates.

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Steven Fletcher

Summer recruit Steven Fletcher has bags of Championship experience and is Stoke’s top scorer this season!

The 33-year-old target man, who has played in the Premier League, Scottish Premier League and French top-flight, has started eight league games this year and has been their main outlet going forwards.

Known for his aerial ability, Fletcher has bagged four goals this season.

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PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

It’s the hosts who go into the meeting with the better of the record in the fixture, winning 29 of the 76 competitive meetings to Town’s 22.

They’ve also had the edge in recent meetings too, losing just one of the last seven games between the sides dating back to March 1998.

Town, however, were victorious on their last trip to the bet365 Stadium! Juninho Bacuna scored a last-minute winner!

ACTION ELSEWHERE

Saturday’s meeting with the Potters is one of 11 games in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here’s the full list of fixtures to be played this week (all kick-offs 3pm unless stated)…

AFC Bournemouth vs Reading - 12.30pm
Barnsley vs Nottingham Forest
Bristol City vs Derby County
Luton Town vs Blackburn Rovers
Middlesbrough vs Norwich City
Millwall vs Cardiff City
Preston North End vs Sheffield Wednesday
Queens Park Rangers vs Watford
Stoke City vs Huddersfield Town
Swansea City vs Rotherham United
Wycombe Wanderers vs Brentford

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Corberán will provide an update on his side ahead of Saturday’s game during his virtual press conference on Thursday 19 November 2020.

KIT

The Terriers will be in the yellow and purple away kit against Stoke City – CLICK HERE to get yours!

HOW TO WATCH

Huddersfield Town supporters can watch Saturday’s game against Stoke City on iFollow HTAFC.

As per the agreement between the EFL and Sky Sports, Season Card holders will not receive this game for free.

That means that all supporters have to purchase a match pass on iFollow HTAFC to watch the game!

The match pass will cost £10; click here to get yours.


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