Date: 18th January 2014 at 12:10pm
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Huddersfield travel to face QPR in today’s Championship clash; kick-off 3pm.

The Terriers are boosted by the returning James Vaughan along with January transfer recruits Nahki Wells and Joe Lolley.

Huddersfield have been playing really well in the past few months but face arguably their toughest test today. QPR have the meanest defence in the division and Town have on occasion away from home struggled to find the net.

Vital Quotes:

Mark Robins

“QPR have conceded four goals at home all season; they are really stingy at the back. They`ve got good players throughout the side and they`re talking about adding more from top clubs around the globe. It`s a really good club.

“Going down there, we will have to be at our best and they will need to have an off day, because they have players who have played at the top level. It`s a really interesting game from our perspective.

“We have to do what we`ve delivered all the way throughout this season and keep striving to get better. This is a good opportunity to play against a side that is a favourite to go up this season.”


Harry Redknapp

“Huddersfield are a good side, they`re a dangerous team,”

“They`ve made a couple of signings recently, taking Nahki Wells from Bradford, who looks a good player.

“And they`ve taken Joe Lolley from Kidderminster, who scored against Peterborough. So they`ve added a couple of lads to their squad and they`ve got a good team.

Mark Robins has done well with them.

“Huddersfield are a good club with good traditions.”

QPR Team News:

Luke Young facing late fitness test.

Joey Barton ruled out of the game along with Ale Faurlin

Benayoun & Hoilett rated as doubtful

Bobby Zamora hoping to return

Player to watch: Charlie Austin

QPR have relied on Austin’s goals to keep up their push for the promotion. The striker has encountered Town and been a thorn in The Terriers side on plenty of previous occasions

Huddersfield Town Team News:

Peter Clarke remains on the sidelines (knee)

James Vaughan is hoping for a recall.

Martin Paterson (groin) rumoured not to have travelled.

Joel Lynch (hip) rated doubtful

Nahki Wells hoping for a full debut after scoring winner against Millwall.

Joe Lolley expected to start on the bench.

Player to watch: Adam Clayton

Midfield could be where this game is won and lost. QPR have a mean defence and the lock will need to be picked, Clayton is that man for Huddersfield

Match Facts & Stats

Head-to-Head

? These sides played out a 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium in August.

? QPR are unbeaten in the last three meetings, winning two. Huddersfield’s last win was 1-0 in the old Division Two in January 2002.

? Huddersfield have not won any of the 10 league meetings at Loftus Road but do have an FA Cup win under their belt from Jan ’99


QPR

? QPR have won their last two games in the Championship, having won only one of their previous five.

? QPR have scored five goals in their last two league games, after scoring only two in their previous five.

? QPR have conceded the fewest goals (15) and kept the most clean sheets (14) in the Championship so far this season.

? QPR have won nine of their 12 home games in the Championship this season, losing one. Their only home defeat so far was 1-0 against Leicester on 21 December.

Huddersfield

? Huddersfield have lost only one of their last six games in all competitions. Their only defeat since mid-December was 3-2 away at Burnley on New Year’s Day.

? Huddersfield have scored 11 goals in their last four games in all competitions.

? Huddersfield have scored 23 league goals at home so far this season. Only Leicester have scored more at home in the Championship this season.

Ref Watch:

Referee: Mr Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)
Assistant: Mr Paul Harris (Kent)
Assistant: Mr Andy Newbold (Leicestershire)
Fourth Official: Mr Ian Crouch (Kent)

Match Prediction:

QPR 1-2 HUDDERSFIELD

Next Fixtures:

FA CUP (H) 25 Jan – Oxford or Charlton – 3pm

CH – BOURNEMOUTH (A) – TUE 28 Jan – 19:45




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