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Huddersfield go into their mouth-watering play-off first leg against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on the back of a poor run of form which has seen them finish their season by losing 3 of their last 4 games.
The Terriers’ motivation will be sky high for this one though and the atmosphere inside the ground will be rocking. Huddersfield are just the type of side to come out fighting at the John Smith’s and will be great value for a home win. David Wagner will most likely stick with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Town’s shot-stopper has been in good form and will continue here. Should start this important game for Huddersfield.
The right-back is gaining some reputation for himself and his record of 4 goals and 10 assists is astonishing. Keeping him high up the field against Pudil and keeping the Czech defender occupied can allow the Huddersfield front 4 to outnumber Wednesday’s defence and cause mayhem.
The German centre-back pairing will have their work cut out on a potentially tough day, but marking Hooper and Fletcher out of the game may help Huddersfield take a huge step towards Wembley.
The other half of Hefele, the two are hugely important to the home side in this game. Wil partner Hefele at the back.
With Smith marauding down the right-hand side, it may pay for Lowe to be a little more circumspect on the left.
Mooy and Hogg versus Wednesday’a midfield duo of Bannan and Lee is a crucial battle. Mooy has been outstanding this season and is definitely a Premier League player.
Although going under the radar more than Mooy, Hogg’s presence is important and winning their personal battles can take Huddersfield a step closer to Wembley.
It’s hard to know exactly how Wagner will line-up his front four, but Scannell may well be given a chance this time.
The young forward may be unleashed here and with tactical battles elsewhere on the pitch, he may be allowed freedom to run at Wednesday’s back line.
Will be important on the left, especially if Lowe does stay back more. A good supply line for Wells to make use of.
Huddersfield Town’s centre-forward is capable on his day and may just find the finishing touches needed to get his club to Wembley for the final.