Leeds United v Huddersfield Town: Big match preview

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Check out our at a glance big match preview to Leeds United’s clash with Huddersfield Town at Elland Road.

Key Battle - Kyle Bartley v Nahki Wells

Kyle Bartley.

Kyle Bartley.

Giuseppe Bellusci had a nightmare in this battle in March and Leeds suffered the consequences, losing 4-1 at home. Wells can be prone to mixed afternoons against United but Bellusci and the other defenders around him were unable to contain the forward as the second half got out of hand. Defensive errors have been a big problem for Leeds this term and Wells is a player who will punish more of the same.

Key Man - Elias Kachunga

One of Huddersfield’s many summer signings, brought in from Ingolstadt in Germany. Kachunga is a quick and powerful striker who, by all accounts, already seems well suited to the Championship. He scored in both of Huddersfield’s first two games of the season and the 24-year-old should lift some of the pressure on Nahki Wells - for so long the one source of goals in Town’s squad.

Last time at Elland Road:

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Leeds United 1 Huddersfield Town 4

Goals: Leeds - Dallas 22. Huddersfield - Hudson 41, Bunn 69, Matmour 73, Wells 77.

Phil Hay’s view: “Opinion is divided over how much this particular derby matters but tomorrow’s game is as big a fixture as Leeds and Huddersfield have contested in a while. Leeds need a performance and a result, and they must counter Town’s pace in attack, the factor which proved so decisive in the meeting between the sides at Elland Road last season. Confidence is clearly on Huddersfield’s side - but will they suffer from overconfidence?“

Match Odds:

Home win - 20/11

Draw - 40/17

Away win - 31/18

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