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18 October 2020

Match Previews


18 October 2020

A look ahead to Tuesday night’s game

- Town vs Derby preview
- The ones to watch on Philip Cocu’s side
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town return to action with Derby County the visitors to the John Smith’s Stadium for a Sky Bet Championship encounter on Tuesday 20 October 2020; 7.45pm kick-off.

Carlos Corberán’s side will be hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to four league matches under the floodlights in West Yorkshire.

The Terriers go into the game off the back of a 2-1 win at Swansea City in the first game back after the international break at the weekend.

It’s the first of two home games in a week for Town who face the Rams on Tuesday before hosting Preston North End on Saturday.


Having finished just six points off the play-off places in 2019/20, Philip Cocu’s side will have aspirations on pushing up towards the business end of the table this time around.

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They’ve endured a difficult start to the Dutchman’s second season in the East Midlands however, losing four of their opening five Sky Bet Championship fixtures.

Goals have also been hard to come by, with just two to show from those opening five league games, only one of which has come from open play.

One area that the Rams haven’t been short in is incomings, bringing in 13 new names across the transfer window including Colin Kazim-Richards, George Sykes-Kenworthy and Louie Watson on Friday’s deadline day.


As mentioned earlier, the Terriers will be looking to make it four games unbeaten when they face Philip Cocu’s side on Tuesday evening.

That win at Swansea at the weekend backed up a draw at Rotherham and victory over Forest prior to the international break.

As for the visitors, they’ll be looking to get back to winning ways off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Watford last time out.

The Rams’ only league victory so far this campaign also came on the road, at Carrow Road against Norwich City.


Jason Knight

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Having made his professional debut in the corresponding fixture last season, the young midfielder enjoyed a breakthrough season at Pride Park making 35 appearances for the First Team in 2019/20.

This season, Knight is the only one of the Rams’ outfield players to play every minute in the opening five Sky Bet Championship games.

After representing the Republic of Ireland at youth level, the 19-year-old earned his first senior cap in a UEFA Nations League fixture against Finland last Wednesday.

Tom Lawrence

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The winger has been a mainstay in the Rams attack since signing from Leicester City back in 2017, scoring 23 goals and producing 18 assists in 125 appearances.

10 of those goals came in last season’s Sky Bet Championship, as Lawrence racked up a double-figure tally in a Rams shirt for the first time in the league.

He scored all three of the visitors’ goals in the two games against Town in last season’s Championship campaign and played his first minutes of the season on Friday night from the bench having recovered from a shoulder injury.

Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United and England’s all-time top scorer has been the experienced head in a young Rams side since joining the Club from DC United in January.

Having been appointed Club Captain upon his arrival, the 34-year-old has made an impact in both the dressing room and on the pitch, scoring six times in 2019/20 as the Club made a late-season push for the play-offs and into the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

This season, Rooney has featured in all five of the Club’s Sky Bet Championship and scored the decisive goal in their only league win so far this season, at Norwich City.


It’s the visitors who go into the midweek meeting with the better of the record in the fixture, winning 40 of the 96 competitive meetings to Town’s 29.

They’ve also had the edge in recent meetings too, losing just one of the last 11 games between the sides dating back to February 2013.

Town’s last win in the fixture came back in the 2016/17 when Elias Kachunga’s 93rd minute strike gave the Terriers all three points in a second-tier clash at the John Smith’s Stadium.


Tuesday evening’s meeting with the Rams is one of 12 games in the first round of midweek games in this season’s Sky Bet Championship.

Here’s the full list of fixtures to be played this week (all kick-offs 7.45pm unless stated)…

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Bristol City vs Middlesbrough
Coventry City vs Swansea City
Huddersfield Town vs Derby County
Millwall vs Luton Town
Norwich City vs Birmingham City
Nottingham Forest vs Rotherham United
Reading vs Wycombe Wanderers (8pm KO)

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Cardiff City vs AFC Bournemouth
Queens Park Rangers vs Preston North End
Sheffield Wednesday vs Brentford
Stoke City vs Barnsley
Watford vs Blackburn Rovers


Carlos Corberán will provide an update on his side ahead of Tuesday’s game during his virtual press conference on Tuesday 20 October 2020.


The Terriers will be back in the blue-and-white striped home kit in midweek – CLICK HERE to get yours!


With the game being played behind-closed-doors, Town Season Card holders will be able to watch the match for FREE on iFollow HTAFC!

To do this, you need to make sure your email addresses with the Club match-up, CLICK HERE for more information!

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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