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Opposition report: Huddersfield Town

Blues will look to make it three wins in four Championship fixtures this evening.

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A closer look at tonight's opponents....

FORM GUIDE:

With just one win in their last 12 fixtures in all competitions, Huddersfield Town come into this evening's clash as one of the out-of-form teams in the Sky Bet Championship.

Their only win over the past two months came in mid-February against one of the division's promotion-chasers Swansea City, whom they beat 4-1 at the John Smith's Stadium.

But that result only papered over recent struggles, which were added to when they fell to an FA Cup 3rd round defeat to Plymouth Argyle in January.

More recently, The Terriers lost 3-0 to Preston North End in Lancashire on Saturday. 

IN THE DUGOUT:

After joining last July, Carlos Corberan has endured a tough start in his first senior job in English football.

In taking the job at Town, Corberan crossed the Yorkshire border having worked as Marcelo Bielsa's number two at Leeds United for a two and a half years.

His coaching career started at Valencia's academy before he went on to work with the first team, serving under the likes of Unai Emery and Manuel Pellegrini during the club's run to the Europa League semi-finals. 

Corberan then moved overseas, where he gained experience in the United Arab Emirates with spells as a number two at Al-Ittihad and Al-Nassr. His first head coach roles quickly followed in 2016, where he spent time at Cypriot clubs Doxa Katokolia and Ermis Aradippou. 

From there, he went onto Leeds United. 

ONE TO WATCH:

Despite recent struggles, it's been a bit of a breakthrough season in England for Town forward Isaac Mbenza.

He joined Huddersfield from Montpellier in the summer of 2018 and initially struggled in England, being sent back out on-loan to Amiens towards the end of last season to get games.

And he returned with a new lease of life, with the French-born winger having registered five goals and seven assists for the Terriers this season, featuring on 31 occasions. 

He'll be well-known to Blues fans - he scored a superb free-kick at St. Andrew's back in October.

He's scored two goals in his last four games - striking in defeats against Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers. 

LAST TIME OUT: 

Before Blues' victory against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, their last win at St. Andrew's came against the Terriers in October last year. 

Gary Gardner's header had opened the scoring for Blues, before the aforementioned Isaac Mbenza levelled up proceedings with a quality free-kick. 

But Lukas Jutkiewicz came to Blues' rescue, popping up with a 90th-minute winner, after fellow substitute Jonathan Leko had rattled the bar.

PREVIOUS KNOCKINGS:

Blues and Huddersfield have met a hefty 114 times over the years - their first meeting coming back in 1910 in the Second Division - a game Blues won 2-1. 

The head-to-head is closely matched, Huddersfield winning 42 games, Blues 39, with 33 draws.

Five of the past ten meetings have ended in draws, with three Blues wins and two for the Terriers. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

Huddersfield Town were the first football team in England to win the league title three times in a row in 1924, 1925 and 1926.

Since then, it's a feat that's only been repeated by three other teams; Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. 

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