Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United go into Sunday’s Premier League clash at John Smith’s Stadium with contrasting fortunes, as Town have an opening day away win to their credit while United lost at home.
The newly-promoted Terriers picked up a surprise 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, while Newcastle lost 2-0 at St James’ Park to Tottenham Hotspur after Jonjo Shelvey’s red card handed a man advantage to Spurs.
Nonetheless, Huddersfield boss David Wagner is taking nothing for granted, saying, “We need Premier League support on Sunday and I have trust and belief that the Huddersfield fans will deliver.
“Last week was only one game but it was a perfect result for us. It’s given us confidence that what we did in pre-season was right. It’s important for us to get points on the board and to put in a good performance.”
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Meanwhile, United manager Rafael Benitez is hopeful his side can stand up to the challenge of a long season, “The league is nine months. We compare it with a marathon, and we’re just starting. We know the way to move forward is to keep doing our jobs every day.”
In team news, the home team are without the injured quartet of Nahki Wells, Jonathan Hogg, Martin Cranie and Jon Gorenc Stankovic. For the Magpies, Shelvey is banned while Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett are also out with knocks.