Date: 6th February 2010 at 1:39pm
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Lee Clark and Huddersfield Town return to home soil to face Carlisle for the first of two meetings between the clubs in a short period of time, The return match at Brunton Park being on Tuesday 9th at 19:45 after the scheduled boxing day clash fell foul of the weather.

Nathan Eccleston, Dean Heffernan, Krystian Pearce and Neal Trotman will all be hoping to make their home debuts and one player will recieve the bragging rights for bagging the clubs 50th goal of the season this afternoon.

The Robinson could be back in the squad following last weeks omission for a breach of clubs discipline – The striker was over an hour late for training!

Vital Quotes:

Lee Clark on the challenge of Carlisle, speaking to the clubs official site had this to say:-

I’ve seen lots of Carlisle; I’ve watched them personally three or four times this season, and we have reports from their last five games. They are on a good run – I know they lost in midweek but they were quite unfortunate and they have picked up a lot of positive results’

‘They have improved a lot this season under Greg and we know it’s going to be a tough test for us, but we want to come out of the blocks flying and make a good start to the match

Huddersfield Town Team News:

Anthony Pilkington and Michael Collins both face late fitness tests after hamstring and ankle injuries.

Eccleston is expected to be fit, after being bitten on the knee during the win over Yeovil.

Heffernan, Pearce and Trotman will all be hoping to make their home debuts.

Player to watch: Nathan Eccleston

The young Liverpool forward made an impact on his debut by scoring the winning goal at Yeovil and Town fans will be keen to see him in action and hopefully adding to his tally this afternoon.

Carlisle United Team News:

Striker Scott Dobie returns from suspension, fellow strikers Joe Anyinshah and Gary Madine are rated doubtful.

Loan signing Darryl Duffy is expected to start and fellow loanee Ben Marshall is also pressing for a place.

Raven, Cook and Rothery are all defintely out of the game however Richard Offiong, Bridge-Wilkinson and Tom Taiwo are all pressing for a return

Player to watch: Ian Harte

The former Leeds left back has 9 goals to his name this term and his experience has been a key to Carlisle’s for this season.

Match Facts & Stats

Match Prediction:

Town should win their home games and averaging just under 3 goals a game at home whilst conceding an average of 0.6 goals per game at the Galpharm, should see Town out score Carlisle who average 1.4 goals for and 1.7 goals against on their travels.

Huddersfield 3 – 1 Carlisle

Next Fixtures:

09.02.10 Brighton (A) 19:45
13.02.10 Swindon (H) 15:00
16.02.10 Carlisle (A) 19:45
20.02.10 Hartlepool (A) 15:00
23.02.10 Tranmere (A) 19:45
27.0.10 Leeds (H) 12:30