After last weekend’s goalless draw against Barnsley at Oakwell, Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce takes his side back to Yorkshire on Monday evening, as they travel to face play-off hopefuls Huddersfield Town in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Latics have travelled well so far this season, with the club’s last defeat on the road being at Preston North End on 23rd September when Jordan Hugill’s early goal proved the difference at Deepdale. Since then, Latics have drawn three and won once away from home.
After a fantastic start to the Championship campaign, the Terriers, who led the standings during the early part of the season, have suffered a dip in form, losing twice on the road to Fulham and Cardiff City, whilst drawing at home to Birmingham City.
Despite last tasting victory on the 22nd October, the Yorkshire outfit still sit in fourth position in the league, and are just six points off second place Brighton & Hove Albion. A win over Latics on Monday night would see them leapfrog Reading into third should the Royals lose on Saturday.
The Terriers are managed by David Wagner, who was in charge of Borussia Dortmund II – where he worked with current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp - before being named Huddersfield boss. The 45-year-old enjoyed a playing career with the likes of Mainz 05 and Schalke 04, and made eight international appearances for USA.
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner.
Latics will be without the suspended Craig Morgan whilst goalkeeper Adam Bogdan is out for the season with an ACL injury.
Will Grigg, Nick Powell and Dan Burn have all had limited preparations due to illness, but could all return in time.
HUDDERSFIELD’S SEASON SO FAR
The Terriers were the early season pace-setters in the Championship, having won five of their opening seven league games. Their most notable victory was a 2-1 win against Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United at St James’ Park, as goals from Nahki Wells and Jack Payne secured a famous win.
Despite a narrow defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion after the September international break, Huddersfield found their form once more with wins over Queens Park Rangers and Rotherham United, which maintained their position towards the top of the table.
A 3-1 reverse at Preston North End and a 5-0 defeat at Fulham meant October was a difficult month for the Terriers, who also lost at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Results have been indifferent ever since, with last weekend’s 3-2 loss at Cardiff City another setback.
Elias Kachunga, on loan from German side FC Ingolstadt 04, is the club’s leading goal-scorer this term with six goals to his name.
Elias Kachunga has six goals to his name this season.
Latics’ last victory over Huddersfield came three years ago at the DW Stadium when goals from Leon Barnett and Nick Powell were enough for all three points, despite midfielder Oliver Norwood equalising on the stroke of half time for the visitors.
The last contest between the two sides saw the Terriers come out on top at the DW Stadium thanks to Conor Coady’s 82nd minute goal in a 1-0 win.
Our last visit to the John Smith’s Stadium ended goalless in September 2014.