TERRIERS PREPARE FOR PLAY-OFFS WITH CARDIFF HOME TEST

By James Smith

Huddersfield Town will finish the regular season at home to Cardiff City before they embark on their play-off journey in a bid to reach the Premier League.

After last weekend’s starting line-up controversy against Birmingham, there will be no such problems in this game, with Cardiff languishing in mid-table with nothing to play for.

David Wagner’s men close out the regular season at home to Cardiff on Sunday – will they finish with a win ahead of their play-off campaign?

Despite securing a play-off place, a win could see Huddersfield leapfrog Reading and Sheffield Wednesday into third place.

Cardiff’s visit to the John Smith Stadium also means a return to the club for manager Neil Warnock, who managed the Terriers between 1993 and 1995. It could also mean a return for Lee Peltier, who made over 100 appearances in West Yorkshire.

Injuries have ruled out Town trio Jon-Gorenc Stankovic, Kasey Palmer and Elias Kachunga, however the Terriers will hope to have the latter two back for the play-offs. Phillip Billing is a doubt for the Terriers but could still make the match-day squad. Warnock will be without the services of young striker Rhys Healey and ex-Leeds centre-back Sol Bamba.

Star man Elias Kachunga is a doubt for the Terriers this weekend, but there is hope he will be available for the play-offs.

Christopher Schindler currently sits on four yellow cards for the Terriers, one more would see him miss the first leg of their play-off semi-final, meaning that David Wagner is unlikely to risk the German.

Huddersfield are likely to rest the majority of their key players, with playing time likely for fringe players Joel Coleman, Colin Quaner and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, to name a few.

Town host Cardiff on Sunday (May 7), kicking off at 12:00 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

 



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