Huddersfield Town Vs Bradford City: Preview

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 10/03/2007
The Galpharm Stadium will be the venue for this weekend's big derby clash between Huddersfield Town and Bradford City.Huddersfield Town Vs Bradford City: Preview

The match has an extra spice to it with the departure of manager and ex-Bradford defender Peter Jackson who left on Tuesday. This has meant that acedemy manager Gerry Murphy has been put in temporary charge for the derby clash. The Bantams themselve are without a manager, sacking Colin Todd in February and putting captain David Wetherhall in temporary charge.

A big crowd is expected at a 12pm kick off.

Captain Jon Worthington could be back in the starting 11, coming through and scoring in a reserve game against Stoke on Wednesday, the skipper has been out injured for a month.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher missed the Forest game through a one match suspension but is now back in the selection.
Mark Hudson and Martin McIntosth, both were told they had no future at the club when Peter Jackson was in charge, but Gerry Murphy is wiping the slate clean and both could be in the final 16.

The only doubtful player is legend Andy Booth, Booth knows how much derby games means to the Town but he could be still out with a calf strain that he picked up in the warm up against Rotherham United 3 weeks ago.

Caretaker boss David Wetherhall could feature himself for the first time since taking over.
The Bantams (It's a chicken really) signed Moses Ashikodi on a months loan from Premiership side Watford in midweek and is certain to partner either Eddie Johnson or Billy Paynter up front.

Richard Edghill is back after suspension and Stuart McCall is trying to rally the troops on Bradford's official website.

Town's Form
Town are on the back of dissapointing form,with three defeats in their last four matches.
Before this dismal run, Town hadn't lost in five but after a hammering 5-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest last Saturday which cost Peter Jackson his job.
Town are 7 points ahead of Bradford in 15th place.
Town's last 5 matches:
Lost 5-1 (A) Nottingham Forest
Lost 2-1 (H) Crewe Alexandra
Won 3-2 (A) Rotherham United
Lost 2-0 (H) Brenford
Drew 1-1 (A) Bristol City

Bradford's form
No win in the last eight for Bradford and only one win in their last 13 which saw Colin Todd lose hs job.
The Bantams have since slipped into the relegation zone after a heavy 4-1 defeat at Rotherham last Saturday. Not scoring with top scorer Dean Windass on loan at Hull City.
Bradford are 7 points behind Town in the league (21st in the table).
Bradford's last five:
Lost 4-1 (A) Rotherham United
Drew 1-1 (H) Brentford
Lost 1-0 (H) Crewe
Lost 1-0 (A) Gillingham
Lost 2-0 (H) Yeovil Town

Previous Matches
In 45 meetings between the two Town have won 17 compared to Bradford's 13. 15 ended in a draw.
On home soil Town have won 9, Bradford have won 6 and 7 have ended in a draw.

But the last time we scored against Bradford at the Galpharm was 21st of November 1998 in a 2-1 victory with Paul Barnes and Grant Johnson scoring for the Terriers.
Out of the last 8 at the Galpharm between the two sides Town have only won once.

Last match between the two
Was at Valley Parade in October earlier this season in which Mark Hudson, who only seems to do anything when we play Bradford, scored the only goal of the game with a close range header.

The Threat
Most have tipped winger Joe Colbeck to be the threat for Town and he could be, but I'm going for on loan Moses Ashikodi on loan from Watford.
The striker has raw pace with an eye for goal and the way that the Town defence are playing at the moment he could be a real handful.

Sean's Prediction
It's gonna be a tough one but I think Town will win 2-0 with Paul Hayes getting his first goal for Town.


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