Manchester City kick-off their defence of the FA Cup by welcoming Huddersfield Town to the Etihad Stadium. It wasn’t so long ago that the Terriers were facing the blues in the Premier League however, while City have continued to win trophies and break records, Huddersfield have dropped out of the Premier League and face the real possibility of dropping into League One.
The Terriers are just three points above the Championship drop zone and face a huge battle if they are to keep their second-tier status. They have won just one from their last five matches, which was only their fifth so far this season.
They got their season off to a poor start, taking just one point from the first 12 available in August, before taking 9 from their next 15 in September. They suffered heavy defeats to Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds in October, while November saw them claim a 2-1 win at play-off chasing Sunderland.
The Terriers picked up just three points from six matches in December and were thrashed 4-1 at Leicester on New Year’s Day. That was their third defeat from four games over the Christmas period and a trip to the Etihad may be a welcome break from the rigours of Championship football.
Despite Huddersfield’s precarious position and the fact that they have scored just 26 goals in 26 matches, their two top scorers, Michal Helik and Delano Burgzorg have managed 13 between them. Helik has hit seven and Burgzorg six, with the pair accounting for half of the Terriers goals so far.
Helik’s last goal came in that 4-1 loss at Leicester, but he also scored in his previous match, a 2-1 defeat at home to Middlesbrough. Burgzorg’s last goal came in the 3-0 home victory over Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day. Helik edges out Burgzorg in his goal conversion and shot accuracy rating, and, for a struggling side, the duo are doing fairly well and City will need to keep an eye on them if they are to progress.
Sorba Thomas is the main supplier and the blues will also have to be wary of him, too. Thomas has created 55 chances for his side, but only five have been converted, and City will be happy to see such a record. He has attempted 570 passes, completing 398 and has an impressive pass accuracy of 70%.
Jaheim Headley may also be one for the blues to watch. He has created 14 chances, with just one taken, however, he has a very impressive pass accuracy rating of 86%, the highest of the whole team.
Darren Moore is the man in charge at The John Smith’s Stadium. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s a City hero. In 2018, the blues had lost the derby to United which would have seen City crowned champions. However, Moore, who had only just been appointed manager, lead his side to a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford, handing the title to the blues.
Moore succeeded Neil Warnock as manager of the Terriers in September however, after 19 matches in charge, Moore’s Huddersfield have won just three, giving him a win ratio of just 16%.