Manchester City make the short journey into Yorkshire for a potentially tricky Premier League fixture at Huddersfield. The blues have picked up form again after a tricky period before Christmas, and face a Terriers side that have just lost their manager after David Wagner parted company with the club earlier in the week.
The blues put six past Town in their first home at the Etihad in August and will be looking for the three points to keep pace with Liverpool at the top of the tables. They also won this fixture last season thanks to an Aguero penalty and a Sterling winner, but how have they fared previously across the border?
The two teams have met 39 times at Huddersfield since their first meeting in 1920, which the blues won 1-0. From those 39 games, City have won just seven including last season’s victory that kept the blues winning streak alive. They have drawn 20 and lost 12 since that initial success in 1920, and it took them, 44 years and 22 games to record another. It is the longest period the blues have gone without a win at Huddersfield, drawing 13 and losing nine.
Since 1964, the blues have only lost three out of 16 games, winning six and drawing seven and are currently unbeaten in their last five games with two wins and three draws. The blues last defeat in Huddersfield was as Leeds Road in 1988, when Town won 1-0. That was the fifth game of the season between the two after City had won 10-1 at Maine Road, and the FA Cup third round tie and replay ended in stalemate. The blues ultimately won the second replay 3-0 at Leeds Road, which is City’s biggest victory.
The blues longest winning streak is just two games, when City won 3-1 in 1983 and 2-0 in 1985. The longest losing run came between April 1932 and March 1935 when Huddersfield won four matches without conceding a goal to the blues. The longest run of stalemate matches is seven, between April 1922 and November 1930. City’s heaviest defeat is 5-1 in August 1951 and the highest scoring draw is 3-3 in September 1955.
In total, the blues have scored just 37 goals at Huddersfield and have failed to score in 15 matches. They have conceded 42 goals and kept just 9 clean sheets. There have been just five goalless draws in this fixture, with three coming in the league, on in the FA Cup and one from a league Cup clash.
The two teams have met five times in January, but never on 20th of the month. Out of those January fixtures, City have lost none of them, winning two and drawing three.
How will come out on top on Sunday?