Huddersfield host Leeds in West Yorkshire Championship derby
Matt Haynes | November 5, 2015
Huddersfield Town v Leeds United
- Saturday, November 7th
- Kick-off: 12:30 GMT
- John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
- Live on Sky Sports 1
Recent history dictates Leeds look good for win
Leeds United have won their last three matches against Huddersfield Town and everything currently points to the Elland Road outfit beating the Terriers again in this fiercely contested West Yorkshire derby.
Both teams have shared similar misfortune recently; Huddersfield have only just sacked manager Chris Powell after only three wins in the Championship this season, while Leeds themselves only parted company with Uwe Rosler a couple of weeks ago. The Terriers, though, have just appointed Jurgen Klopp’s former Borussia Dortmund assistant David Wagner as new boss.
It is the away team who have the momentum going into this fixture. They are 21/10 with Coral to win the match and Steve Evans’ side will be encouraged after an impressive showing last time out against Cardiff City, when Alex Mowatt’s wonder-goal secured a 1-0 win.
In the winter of 2014, Mowatt scored in a 5-1 demolition of the Terriers at Elland Road, though is good value at 11/4 to net again anytime, especially if afforded space anywhere near the edge of the area. This fixture last season was decided in the 90th minute when the now departed Billy Sharp grabbed a last-gasp winner for the away side, adding to Sam Byram’s opener and Harry Bunn’s leveller. The latter duo are 10/3 and 7/4 respectively in the anytime market.
Back to drawing board for Huddersfield?
There was some confusion following the sacking of Powell, especially after Huddersfield held promotion candidates Reading last time out in a 2-2 draw, courtesy of goals from Jamie Paterson who opened the scoring and Nahki Wells. The former is 7/1 to repeat his feat from the other night, while Wells has 6/2 anytime odds.
Academy boss Mark Lillis will take charge of the Terriers against Leeds, with Wagner likely watching from the stands. It poses the question as to whether fans might see a sprinkling of youth players thrown into the starting lineup, as happened to their opposition around this time last year when the same thing happened and Neil Redfearn made the step up for the Whites from the same level.
Leeds can strike it right
Both Chris Wood and Mirko Antennucci are yet to really hit their top potential this season and while the latter’s goals has kept the club out of danger, if he hits it off with the New Zealand forward, this can flourish into a successful combination.
At 7/4 to both score anytime, Wood and Antenucci have the talent to trouble the Terriers’ rearguard and while Mark Hudson is experienced, he has lost a couple of yards of pace that Leeds’ naturally quick Italian striker can exploit.
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