This weekend sees David Wagner’s newly-promoted side welcome Pep Guardiola’s high-flying table-toppers.
The Terriers have already beaten Manchester United at home, could they take a second Manchester scalp?
Wagner’s side will be raring to regroup following a 3-0 away loss to Bournemouth last time out, whilst Guardiola’s men are fresh from a 1-0 home win over Feyenoord in the Champions League.
The last meeting between the sides saw the two-time Premier League winners progress to the next round of the FA Cup with an emphatic 5-1 win in a replay after the first match at Kirklees Stadium ended goalless.
You’d have to go back to February 2000 (WOW!) for the last league meeting between the sides (the old Division One). On that occasion, the sides drew 1-1. Whilst Huddersfield won the last league fixture, 1-0 in November 1999 at Maine Road. This weekend’s visitors haven’t beaten the hosts since a 3-1 win in March 1998 at Kirklees Stadium (when it was named Alfred McAlpine Stadium). However, Towns’ last home win (1-0) over the Cityzens came in April 1988 in the old Division 2.
There’s some history for you!
Thoughts ahead of the game
Guardiola’s side are strong favourites heading into this fixture, given their exceptional form which has seen them take an eight-point lead at the top and only drop two points all season (points were dropped at home to Everton in a 1-1 draw).
Huddersfield, on the other hand, will be raring to get back to winning ways following a forgetful 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth.
Typically, in fixtures such as this, I usually go for the underdog, so I’d go for a home win.
Pep Guardiola was the first to face the music at the press conference.
“We played last season against them [the first FA Cup match]and were not able to win”.
Its refreshing to see that he realises how difficult it is to beat a team such as Huddersfield, having had first-hand experience last season.
Raheem Sterling’s goal record at the club was mentioned. He has 11, whilst Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both have 10.
“It is good”. “We have a lot of players with the ability to score goals”
In a team, it’s important to have goals from multiple sources, rather than just one.
David Wagner was next to face the media.
“We are aware what is in front of us, and we will create an atmosphere where hopefully we can be successful”. “We will try everything”.
“We will try everything”. Does that also include throwing the kitchen sink? But seriously, I like that he’s prepared for a tough game and isn’t speaking kindly of Manchester City or Guardiola.
“I don’t think Man City this season to Man City last season are comparable. It’s a big challenge, but an enjoyable one!”
He realises that beating Manchester City is a “tall order”, but is relishing every moment.
I’d go for the promoted side to cause a shock in the first half (taking a 1-0 lead going into half-time), but Man City will ultimately go on to win 3-2 having had a rousing Guardiola-inspired team talk at the break.