Tony Mowbray’s side make the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium in an attempt to end 2020 on a high with victory over Huddersfield Town.
Rovers head into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw with Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday, but buoyed by the return of talisman Bradley Dack and the impressive Ben Brereton, Mowbray will be hoping Rovers’ fortunes can be turned around heading into the New Year.
They face a Huddersfield side who, much like Rovers, have struggled to find any real consistency to move any higher than mid-table.
Terriers boss Carlos Corberán – who previously worked under highly respected manager Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United – took over at the John Smith’s Stadium this summer, and recently signed an extended deal.
Huddersfield have been in strong form at the John Smith’s Stadium, winning their last four matches at home, and the last three have seen Corberán’s side keep a clean sheet in the process.
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Huddersfield will be without top scorer Josh Koroma, who is set to be sidelined for up to three months, but that doesn’t leave the Terriers without plenty of talent in their side.
Full-back Harry Toffolo has five assists to his name – only bettered in the Championship by Emiliano Buendia (Norwich) and Michael Olise (Harvey Elliott) – and he will be a constant threat up and down the left-hand side of the pitch, meaning the battle between himself and Ryan Nyambe will be an interesting one to say the least.
Also, experienced striker Fraizer Campbell has been involved in 20% of the Terriers’ goals this season (5/25 – four goals and one assist). Although he may not be the most accurate forward in the division, four of his six shots on target have found the back of the net this season.
With Ben Brereton back at match fitness, I’d expect him to return to the side after his impressive start to the season. Unfortunately, it may be too soon for Bradley Dack to start a Championship fixture, but I’d expect him to appear off the bench.
Predicted XI: Kaminski, Nyambe, Lenihan, Ayala, Douglas, Johnson, Rothwell, Holtby, Elliott, Armstrong, Brereton
In terms of the match, taking Huddersfield’s home form into account, it will be a tough test against a Terriers side who have won 60% of their fixtures on home soil.
However, Rovers need a reaction and when we’re in need of a victory, we usually step up and get back to winning ways.
Of course, it won’t be as easy as that, but I’ll back Rovers to pick up all three points.
Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1-3 Rovers
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