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The Match: Huddersfield Town (A)

17 October 2014

Preview Saturday's Game

Huddersfield Town v Blackpool
Saturday 18 October 2014
The John Smith's Stadium

For the first time this season Blackpool go into a fixture on the back of a victory on Saturday, but they'll hope the international break will do little to stall their momentum when they meet Huddersfield Town.

The Seasiders are off the bottom of The Championship, but Saturday will be the fifteenth day since they beat Cardiff City at Bloomfield Road.

Now they face a Town side who've enjoyed significant improvements on the pitch since the arrival of Chris Powell as manager last month.

The Terriers have taken seven points from the last nine available and now sit six points above Pool at the bottom-end of The Championship.

The West Yorkshire side have won just once at the John Smith's Stadium this season, and host a Blackpool side who've collected creditable points in their last two away games.

Team News
Former-Terrier Peter Clarke is fit to face his old club, having missed the last four matches with a colon injury, while Andrea Orlandi has recovered from his own injury.

However José Riga will be without injured trio Joan Oriol, José Miguel Cubero and Sergei Zenjov for the trip.

Gary MacKenzie and Steven Davies remain sidelined, while Tom Barkhuizen has joined Morecambe on loan.

Huddersfield will be without striker James Vaughan who has a calf injury, while Joe Lolley is also a doubt and Jon Stead has joined Bradford City on loan.

In The Build-Up
The Seasiders beat Cardiff City last time out to record a first victory of the season. Days before Riga's men had claimed an impressive point at Middlesbrough, their most recent away game to date.

The Terriers drew 0-0 with Blackburn Rovers most recently, but had beaten Millwall and Wolves before that.

Previous Meetings
The last time the two sides met was at Bloomfield Road in March, when Ricardo Fuller edged a tight encounter in Pool's favour.

The striker was also on target when Blackpool last visited the John Smith's Stadium, but Vaughan was on hand to earn the hosts a point that night, before missing a late penalty.

Around The Championship
Russell Slade's first match as Cardiff manager is against Nottingham Forest in Saturday's early kick-off.

Derby County, who face Pool on Tuesday, are on the road at Reading, while Birmingham City host bottom-of-the-table Bolton Wanderers, who will be under Neil Lennon for the first time.

Rotherham United v Leeds United (Friday 19:45)
Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest (Saturday 12:15)
Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers
Bournemouth v Charlton Athletic
Brighton & Hove Albion v Middlesbrough
Fulham v Norwich City
Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers
Millwall v Wolverhampton Wanders
Reading v Derby County
Sheffield Wednesday v Watford
Wigan Athletic v Brentford

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