Updated: Sep 22, 2018
Huddersfield Town head to the Kingpower stadium this weekend to take on Leicester City in the Premier League. David Wagner’s men are still looking for their first win of the season and they will surely find it tough to come away from the East Midlands with anything other than a loss. In today’s article we preview the clash against Claude Puel’s side and give our verdict on the outcome of the game, enjoy!
Unhappy hunting ground
For some reason, whether it be down to the footballing gods or some strange voodoo, there always seems to be a bogey ground for certain sides. Leicester City are Huddersfield’s kryptonite and have won 8 of their 9 last league games against Town, scoring 25 goals in the process.
The only blip in that run was the controversial 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium last season. In Leicester, the Foxes have beaten us in all of the last 7 league clashes in the East Midlands. Town’s last win in Leicester came in February 2013 in an FA Cup clash, and in the league you have to go back to November 1995 for the last time Town beat Leicester away, 3-1 at Filbert Street.
Jamie Vardy is set to return from suspension for Leicester this weekend and he has scored in his last two league games against Town, from the penalty spot last season and an emphatic opener in the Foxes 2-1 victory over Town in October 2013.
Where is the hope?
Whilst all of the stats mentioned above may sound pretty grim, there is an element of hope for Town ahead of this fixture. Despite being the team with the lowest goals to game ratio in Premier League history – failing to score in 55.8% of Premier League matches – Town have scored in their last three away league games consecutively.
That’s our best ever streak in the Premier League and could well be continued this weekend, considering that Leicester gaffer Claude Puel has openly admitted that his side is struggling defensively.
Wes Morgan will be out for the hosts and Harry Maguire also seems to be suffering from World Cup fatigue. In fact it’s highly likely that Puel will select a centre-back partnership of summer signing Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans – something which will fill Town’s forward line with confidence.
Town’s performance against Palace last week gave cause to hope and optimism despite the loss. David Wagner will see it as vindication of his new 3-4-3 formation as he witnessed his side create a plethora of chances whilst keeping the visitors fairly quiet.
Jonathan Hogg will be available for selection following his three-match ban for ‘headbutting’ Harry Arter. Terence Kongolo picked up a knock against Crystal Palace, but it is thought that he will be fit enough to start at the Kingpower.
Elsewhere Juninho Bacuna, Ramadan Sobhi, Collin Quaner (THANK GOD) and Erik Durm all look unlikely to feature as they are recovering from injury.
The danger man
Jamie Vardy will obviously be the biggest threat for Leicester City this weekend. He will be fired up and ready to prove a point after serving a suspension for a red card that he vociferously disagreed with.
The hosts have shown that they can score goals without Vardy, so his return is likely to make them even more threatening. Vardy, Gray and Iheanacho’s direct running will pose a serious threat to Christopher Schindler’s defence.
Last weekend against Bournemouth, the Leicester defence were given a real fright by the pace and movement of the Cherries attackers. There are clear signs of age in the Leicester defence as well as a marked lack of movement and agility.
Town should perhaps seek to take the game to the Foxes and test out their defence, especially if it does feature Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu. The direct running and pace of Isaac Mbenza and Adama Diakhaby could be crucial to a Town victory that is however if Wagner doesn’t choose to go with Rajiv Van La Parra.
TerrierBlog’s favoured line-up
(3-4-3) Jonas Lossl (GK), Christopher Schindler, Terence Kongolo, Mathias Zanka, Tommy Smith, Chris Lowe, Aaron Mooy, Danny Williams, Adama Diakhaby, Isaac Mbenza, Laurent Depoitre.
Personally, I don’t envisage David Wagner opting for our favoured line-up, instead he will probably go for Kacha and VLP in the wide areas with Hadergjonaj down the right. We fear that the German will revert to his containment tactics in this game, and unfortunately we don’t have the defensive to keep Leicester out for 90 minutes. So we can’t see anything but a Foxes victory, unfortunately.
TerrierBlog Predicts: Leicester City 3 Huddersfield Town 0