By 90Min
November 25, 2017

Manchester City take the short trip to the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday as they face Huddersfield, and the Citizens' 'Shark Team' will smell blood in the water as the wounded Terrier try and banish the events of last weekend to the distant past.

David Wagner's men rolled over against Bournemouth and lost the game 4-0, despite the Cherries having Simon Francis sent off at 2-0.

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Huddersfield were unable to get themselves back into that game, and stayed 10th in the table where they might have leapfrogged Brighton, who could only draw against Stoke on Monday.

Pep Guardiola's City look unstoppable right now, and have taken 34 points from a possible 36 and are sitting top of the pile in the Premier League.

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Manchester United have the chance to apply a bit of pressure as they take on Brighton at Old Trafford a day earlier, but City are sure to fancy their chances against Huddersfield, despite the fact they took three points off United only a few weeks ago.


Classic Encounter


Manchester City 10-1 Huddersfield (November 1987)

These two teams met only last season in the fifth found of the FA Cup, and the second round replay threw up a highly entertaining affair which City won 5-1. But a true classic came all the way back in 1987 in Division Two.

City won the Maine Road clash by scoring twice as many goals, in a 10-1 thanks to hat-tricks from Paul Stewart, David White and Tony Adcock and one from Neil McNab.

The result remains the club's biggest win in their history, although the way they've been going this season, that could well be under threat and Huddersfield fans are hoping it won't be them (again).


Key Battles


Laurent Depoitre Vs Vincent Kompany

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The battle of the Belgian brutes, Huddersfield striker Depoitre will be hoping to come out on top in a physical tussle against City captain Kompany, who looked shaky in parts againt Leicester last weekend.

Fernandinho Vs Aaron Mooy

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Mooy is Huddesrfield's danger man in midfield, and is the source of the side's creativity when he supports in the final third. It will be up to Fernandinho to marshal the Australian to ensure the backline is supported.

Leroy Sane vs Florent Hadergjonaj

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City's flying winger Sane has been in terrific form so far and looks plain scary sometimes in full flow. The German is frighteningly quick, and Huddersfield's Hadergjonaj ought to given himself a yard or two if he wants to avoid getting caught out by sheer pace.


Team News


Huddersfield

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Defender Michael Hefele (achilles) and Jon Gorenc Stankovic (ACL) are both long term absentees and are expected to return at the turn of the New Year, and Philip Billing is still out with an ankle problem and won't be back until around mid-January. Kasey Palmer could be back for the game after playing over an hour for the U23s recently. He's been recovering from a hamstring issue.

Man City

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John Stones is out of action for at least the next month after injuring his hamstring against Leicester last weekend, while Benjamin Mendy is still recovering from his ACL injury. Vincent Kompany could be set for his second league start in a row after being rested against Feyenoord in midweek.


Predicted Line Ups


Huddersfield (4-2-3-1): Lossl/Hadergjonaj, Zanka, Cranie, Malone/Williams, Mooy/Kachunga, Ince, van La Parra/Depoitre.

Man City (4-3-3): Ederson/Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph/Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D. Silva/ Sterling, Jesus, Sane.

Prediction

The ball is rolling at frightening speed for Manchester City, and Wagner's side could struggle to bounce back from the defeat of the previous week. If they can frustrate City for long enough, they might fancy their chances of nicking a draw, but it's unlikely.

PREDICTED SCORE: 1-3 Man City.

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