After defeat in the first two games of the new Premier League season, Huddersfield Town take on Neil Warnock's Cardiff City tomorrow looking to kickstart their campaign. After fielding questionable line-ups against Chelsea & Manchester City, David Wagner has a point to prove against Cardiff. In this article we take a look at some of the main talking points ahead of the game.
Attack, attack, attack
It's no secret that Town have been completely devoid of any attacking intent in the first two games of the season. Cardiff have been similar, and have yet to get of the mark in their return to the Premier League.
Arguably, Town have not attempted to attack the opposition in their last five Premier League games, so it will be interesting to see if we can shift from defensive to offensive in this game. Attacking football isn't just about getting balls in the box, it's also about being aggressive off the ball and pressing the opposition into mistakes.
Cardiff have registered just 64% pass accuracy in their two games so far this campaign, and were notoriously fond of the long ball when they were promoted last season. A high press from Town could play right into Cardiff's hands as they look to bypass our midfield with long balls and exploit our high line.
If you're expecting David Wagner to go all out attack just because of the opposition, you're likely to be disappointed. Expect a cagey affair as both teams work each other out, feeling their way into the game.
Who's in the sticks?
Ben Hamer has conceded 9 goals in his first 2 games for Town and was responsible for at least 3 of Man City's goals last Sunday. To us here at TerrierBlog, it seems a no-brainer that Jonas Lossl must return to the side.
We can't afford to have a 'keeper bereft of confidence playing in this game. Further to that, Lossl's distribution could be key to controlling the game today. Hamer hasn't looked too good with the ball at his feet recently.
Time for the new signings?
Last season it was obvious that we needed strengthening in wide positions, so this summer the club brought in a number of new additions to improve that area. So far, we have only seen cameo appearances of Diakhaby.
Today could be the perfect occasion for Wagner to give Diakhaby and Mbenza their first starts. I can't imagine the Cardiff scouting team know too much about the pair and they could take Neil Warnock's side by surprise.
Huddersfield Town 1-1 Cardiff City
A tough game for Town today, a lot tougher than many would have you believe. I'm struggling to see how the Terriers can suddenly turn on the offensive switch in this game after being so cautious of late.
Cardiff will pose a threat from set-pieces and considering our lack of defensive cohesiveness last week, I wouldn't be surprised to see us concede from a dead-ball situation. I hope I'm wrong as anything other than three points would be a disaster for Town.