Huddersfield Town vs Preston North End

Competition: EFL Championship Matchday 7

Date: 24/10/2020

Ground: John Smith Stadium

Two of the early heavyweights in English Football match up against each other once again. This fixture was played after lockdown last season, in a game that can only be described as torturing. Town recorded an xG of 0.05, which was the lowest xG recorded by Town last season. Unsurprisingly the game ended goallessly.
Since the turn of the century, Town has only beaten Preston 3 times out of the 11 times the teams have met. With the most memorable of those wins being Town's 3-2 comeback in 2017 in which Collin Quaner scoring the rebound of Aarons Mooy's saved penalty.
98.4% of minutes played by players last season for Preston remain at the club this season - which is the highest in the Championship. On the other hand, only 49.5% of minutes played by players for Huddersfield last season remain at the club - the lowest in the Championship.
Huddersfield comes into the game against North End on form after picking up 10 points from 4 games for the first time since 2017. The next question you are going to have is when did Town last pick up 13 points from 5 games? The answer is again 2017, when Town won 6 games straight between 21st January and 21st February.
Preston's season only really got going after an astonishing 4-2 away comeback against Brentford just before the international break. Last time out two penalties allowed them to beat QPR. They currently sit 15th in the Championship on 7 points.
The game gets underway at 3PM, Saturday, 24/10/2020 at the John Smith Stadium.

Town Team News:

New signing Alex Vallejo is still self isolating and will miss the Preston game, while Danny Ward again misses out.
Ryan Schofield trained pre-match against Derby, although will he not be available for selection against Preston due to playing in an U19 match in an attempt to rebuild his match fitness.
Rarmani Edmonds-Green will likely miss the Preston game as he recovers from injury.
Three games in a week playing at a high intensity will likely cause rotation, 7 of Huddersfield's squad have started every game this season.

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