Preview - Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 21/02/2015
Huddersfield Town will be hoping to make it third time lucky in front of their own fans as Cardiff City visit the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off).Preview - Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City

The Terriers have been beaten in their last two home matches but they will be hoping to turn that around against the out-of-sorts Cardiff, who have only won once in the league since the turn of the year.

Inconsistency is the word to describe Huddersfield this season, they have won four, lost four and drawn two of their last 10 games, but it has been enough to keep Chris Powell's side away from the relegation zone.

Powell's men will be buoyed by holding high-flying Bournemouth to a draw last week at Dean Court as James Vaughan cancelled out Yann Kermorgant's first half strike.

That was Vaughan's third goal in as many matches and he will no doubt lead the line again on Saturday.

The former Everton man could be joined by fellow striker Nahki Wells in spearheading the Town attack.

Midfielder Jonathan Hogg made an appearance from the bench against the Cherries but it remains to be seen if the former Watford man will be passed fit for the weekend.

Defender Joel Lynch is the only injury worry for Powell as the Wales international is still out with a groin injury.

Town captain Mark Hudson will also be facing the side he left in August for the first time. The defender was captain of the Bluebirds side that won the Championship in 2013 and was a popular figure throughout his time in South Wales.

Huddersfield sit in 15th place, eight points away from the drop zone and one place above visitors Cardiff.

The Bluebirds are on a seven-match winless run in all competitions and no team in the Championship in worse form than Russell Slade's side.

The bad run has seen Cardiff drop to 16th place in the league and only seven points clear of the relegation zone.

They nearly ended the barren spell on Tuesday night against Blackburn Rovers only for former striker Rudy Gestede to steal a 90th minute equaliser for the Lancashire club.

Cardiff's away record also makes grim reading. They have only won once on the road all season - only bottom of the table Blackpool has amassed fewer away points.

What makes matters worse is the Bluebirds have only won once at Huddersfield since 1959.

Lee Peltier returns to the club he left in January and former Town loanee Sean Morrison, who was a part of the Terriers squad that won promotion from League One in 2012, is set to line-up in the Cardiff defence, but former Huddersfield favourite Anthony Pilkington will miss out due to injury.

Matthew Kennedy is likely to keep his place after impressing on his debut against Blackburn. Striker Alex Revell and midfielder Tom Adeyemi are pushing for starts.

Federico Macheda, Joe Mason and Kagisho Dikgacoi are all sidelined but former Manchester United full-back Fabio will undergo a late fitness test.


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