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Posted Thu 24 Apr 14

Match Preview: Huddersfield vs. Leicester City

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Saturday afternoon will see Leicester City play their first fixture as Sky Bet Championship winners when they travel to the John Smith’s Stadium to take on Huddersfield Town. 

Tuesday night’s victory at Bolton sealed the title, but the Foxes are eager to break the 100 point barrier, which they are currently four points adrift of with two games of the season remaining. 

And with almost 4,000 members of the Blue Army in attendance, there should be a lively atmosphere in store as the Foxes go in search of yet another victory to crown a record breaking season. 

Zoumana Bakayogo (knee) is missing, while Jamie Vardy (groin) and Jeff Schlupp (knock) are doubts. Matty James did return from a slight knee problem in the Bolton win, however. 
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A 2-1 victory at Yeovil Town at the weekend secured Huddersfield Town’s Championship status for another year, but they will want to end the home season on a high against the Foxes on Saturday. 

The Terriers have endured a difficult 2014 so far, picking up just five league wins since the turn of the year – including a 10 game winless run between March and April. 

However their total of 50 points in spite of this form indicates just what quality Mark Robins’ squad possesses, as City know full well after they held off a Huddersfield fight back to win 2-1 at King Power Stadium last October. 

Town pair Joel Lynch and Peter Clarke both received red cards in the 3-1 defeat to Derby County earlier this month, but having served their suspensions, both will be available for the weekend. Top scorer James Vaughan is out for the season however, after undergoing surgery on a knee injury. 
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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said after seeing his side clinch the title at Bolton: “There’s always a lot of work that goes into achieving success, and I’d like to pay tribute to my staff for their role in creating what is a very good atmosphere for the players. 

“It’s all about them (the players) really but there are a lot of people who make a significant contribution to how we work and the players do appreciate that. 

“I’m delighted for our owners too. There have been periods here where there has been a lot of speculation, but they’ve just been calm and managed to deal with that situation and time is a wonderful commodity if you get it in football. 

“I think tonight we’ve proven that we’re moving in the right direction as a Club. I’m delighted for the owners and the staff at the Club for their contributions, and of course for our fans.” 
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Huddersfield Town boss Mark Robins was relieved to see his side get the better of Yeovil at the weekend, saying: “I think you could see the anxiety. At times our players seem to lack a bit of self-belief in their own ability and that has to be raised. There is work we can do towards that, but ultimately it must come from within. 

“Adam (Clayton) is one player who doesn’t lack any self-belief; you can see that from the thing on his face! I think he used the stick he got from the home fans today as a stick to beat them with, because he went onto smash one in the top corner. 

“We started off the second-half a little sloppily, but then we grew. Adam Clayton’s winner was outstanding and Adam Hammill’s contribution for both goals was good. Duane Holmes’ introduction had a positive impact as well. 

“We should have put the game to bed earlier than we did, because we had some great chances; Hoggy (Jonathan Hogg) missed a couple for us in good positions. We have Nahki (Wells) to thank for scoring another goal; he’s been outstanding and will continue to be.” 
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Head-To-Head 
Huddersfield: 28 
Draws: 9 
City: 20 

Last Three Meetings 
City 2 Huddersfield 1
Sky Bet Championship 
Saturday 19 October, 2013 
Goals: Vardy 11, Gerrard og 38; Konchesky og 67 

City 1 Huddersfield 2
FA Cup Fourth Round Replay
 Tuesday 12 February, 2013 
Goals: Keane 12; Clayton 5, Scannell 75 

Huddersfield 1 City 1
FA Cup Fourth Round 
Saturday 26 January, 2013 
Goals: Novak pen 74; Wood 82 
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With five goals in his previous nine games for the Terriers, January transfer window signing Nahki Wells will be key to Huddersfield’s attacking threat on Saturday afternoon. 

Wells began his career with Carlisle United before a move to Bradford City in the summer of 2011, where his return of 42 league goals in less than 100 games persuaded Huddersfield to splash out a club record fee on the Bermuda international. 

At 23 years old, Wells has plenty of potential to improve even further, but he has certainly impressed during his first foray into Championship football so far for his new side. 

His pace and eye for goal will mean the Foxes’ back line can’t switch off for a moment, and if the Terriers are to score, few would bet against Wells being the man to claim it.
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