Preview: Huddersfield Town v Manchester City

Huddersfield Town has the unenviable task of facing Pep Guardiola's rampant Manchester City in Sunday's Premier League clash at the John Smith's Stadium in West Yorkshire.  

26 November 2017
Premier League
Game-week: 13
Kick-off: 18:00
Venue: John Smith's Stadium  
Referee: C. Pawson
Assistants: L. Betts, I. Hussin
Fourth officials: N. Swarbrick

Head-to-head summary:

Huddersfield 58 18 25 15
Man City 58 15 25 18

Previous encounter:

Manchester City 5-1 Huddersfield (1 March 2017) FA Cup
City scorers: L. Sané (30'), S. Agüero (35'), P. Zabaleta (38'), S. Agüero (73'), K. Iheanacho (90'+1)
Town scorer: H. Bunn (7')

Players to watch:

With six goals and six assists in eight appearances, Leroy Sané's stock continues to rise under Pep Guardiola. Starting out the season as more of an impact player used from off the bench, the lightning-fast winger's consistent goal returns means he is on the road to becoming an established starter. With the Citizens expected to once more create a raft of opportunities in West Yorkshire, the Germany international could cash-in again.

Goalkeeper Jonas Lössl has kept five clean sheets in 12 appearances which is an admirable return given he is representing a side that is expected to struggle in the English top flight. Yet, on three occasions he has also conceded three or more strikes in the league meaning on any given day his defence may crumble. With that said, he will no doubt be an extremely busy man as City's goal-hungry attack get to work. How he holds up on Sunday could be key to his team's chances.   

Team form and quotes:

With his side coming off a demoralising 4-0 defeat to strugglers Bournemouth, the visit of City could perhaps not come at a worse time. Coach David Wagner's men have also leaked 12 goals in their last five matches meaning confidence levels at the back may be questionable. With that said, Wagner has promised the Terriers will pull out all the stops against the visitors. He said, "We are aware what is in front of us and we will create an atmosphere where, hopefully, we can be successful. We will try everything."

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola says his side have nothing but respect for Huddersfield and will not let their guard down at the John Smith's Stadium. Nonetheless, a victory could equal a club record of 11 wins in a row. The decorated Spaniard said, "What [David] Wagner has done speaks for itself – promotion from the Championship. But not just that. At home, they have had good results. When they decide to make high pressing, they are so well-organised."

Team news:

Huddersfield centre-back Christopher Schindler is back in contention after completing a one-game suspension. Jonathan Hogg may also return after missing the defeat to Bournemouth due to the birth of his son.

For City, defender Nicolás Otamendi returns from a domestic ban and could replace John Stones, who has a hamstring concern. Benjamin Mendy remains a long-term absentee with a knee injury.