Huddersfield Town v Derby County

Huddersfield Town story posted by Garfield (Admin) on 11/08/2003
After their 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Stoke City on Saturday, Derby County, Huddersfield Town's opponents in the Carling Cup tomorrow night, will be low on confidence. They may look at tomorrow's match at the McAlpine as an easy tie to gain confidence but, in my view, they couldn't be further awry.Huddersfield Town v Derby County

In recent years there's been no joy for the Rams or the Terriers. Town have dropped from the First Division to the Third Division within three seasons while Derby have dropped from the Premiership to the First Division in the same period of time. Both clubs have had financial difficulties, too. In fact, Derby are currently 30m in debt!

The Town line-up will be very similar to that which earned a point against Cambridge United on Saturday. There will only be a couple of changes. Efe Sodje may be given his debut ahead of Ian Hughes whilst John Thorrington may replace Tyrone Thompson after an impressive display as a substitute in Saturday's match. Moreover, Gary McAllister, the Coventry City manager, has allowed Lee Fowler to compete in the game although he is having treatment for a hip injury.

Derby have a few injury problems leading up to match. They are without striker Izale McLeod (ankle), Youl Mawene (knee) and Dave Walton (knee). However, defender Warren Barton may return to action after recovering from a back injury. Also, Simo Valakari has recovered from a virus and will most probably feature in the match.

The Terriers will be looking to break their Cup-tie duck against the Rams. Out of the three times we've played them in Cup competitions, we haven't won once.

Garfield's prediction: After Saturday's gutsy performance against the U's, which I didn't get to see because of work commitments, I reckon we'll be heading into the Second Round of the Carling Cup with a Carss-inspired 2-1 victory.

Make sure you get your prediction entered in the Terrier-Bytes Prediction League before 19.45pm tomorrow.

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