Match Preview: Huddersfield Town v Leeds United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 30/01/2015
Huddersfield Town welcome their local rivals from down the A62 as Leeds United are the visitors to the John Smith's Stadium (12.30pm kick-off).Match Preview: Huddersfield Town v Leeds United

Huddersfield boss Chris Powell will be aiming to heap more misery on Leeds and earn a fourth win in five league matches.

A win for the Terriers in this early kick-off would push them to 10th in the Championship - for a few hours at least.

The Terriers have earned themselves some breathing space with a 1-0 win over struggling Wigan Athletic last weekend which has pushed them into 15th in the league and 10 points clear of the bottom three.

Town have a strong home record against Leeds having only been beaten once on their own turf by the Whites in their last 12 visits.

Indeed in the fixture last season the Terriers ran out 3-2 winners in an entertaining match with local boy Jon Stead (now at Bradford City) grabbing the winner.

Powell's side have lost just once in their 10 home matches.

Birmingham City loanee David Edgar is likely to keep his place in the Huddersfield starting XI as Jonathan Hogg is a major doubt, which is the only injury worry Powell has.

It has been a week of turmoil at Leeds United.

Leeds have seen president Massimo Cellino relinquish ownership of the club this week. His short and turbulent reign has come to the end as the Football League rejected his appeal against their decision to disqualify his controlling of the Whites.

The Italian has gone through three managers since arriving on the scene in January 2014 - two of them lasting just six matches of their reign.

Neil Redfearn is now in charge of the ship full-time after a short caretaker stint between managers and the former Bradford City midfielder was in charge when the Whites beat Town 3-0 at Elland Road in September.

Since then they have won just three times in 20 matches but one of those victories was over league leaders Bournemouth last Tuesday and they are now unbeaten in their last three.

Leeds are just five points away from the relegation zone and have struggled on their travels this season - the Whites have not won in their last 10 away matches in all competitions, losing seven. Only Blackpool have gained fewer points on the road in the Championship.

Redfearn has made two signings this week despite the club being hit with a transfer embargo by the Football League for breaking the Financial Fair Play guidelines. Former Leicester City defender Sol Bamba and Granddi Ngoyi have joined the Whites on loan for the rest of the season from Italian club Palermo.

Bamba is likely to be given his Leeds debut as defender Jason Pearce has left the club to join Wigan.

Ngoyi could also start as Giuseppe Bellusci begins a two-game ban.

Redfearn has hinted that striker Steve Morison will keep his place up front despite nursing a hip problem.


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