Preview: Huddersfield Town vs. Burnley

Preview: Huddersfield Town vs. Burnley

Huddersfield Town and Burnley get the new Championship campaign underway with a showdown at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday night.

Both clubs have appointed new managers during the summer, with Danny Schofield and Vincent Kompany in charge of the Terriers and Clarets respectively.

There was a time when everyone associated with Huddersfield would have envisaged preparing for a return to the Premier League given their efforts during 2021-22.

However, a Championship playoff final defeat to Nottingham Forest has led to another campaign in the second tier and head coach Carlos Corberan opting to resign from his position.

Rather than bring in a fresh face, the Terriers hierarchy decided to hand Schofield his first full-time opportunity as the senior man in the dugout, reward for his influence behind the scenes during Corberan’s reign.

As it stands, the appointment will naturally divide opinion, but Huddersfield chiefs cannot be criticised too heavily with Corberan’s decision coming as late as July 7.

Supporters will also be wary of a slow start in the wake of Harry Toffolo and Lewis O’Brien having both signed for Nottingham Forest, and first-day-of-the-season enthusiasm may be required to challenge their opening opponents.

That is despite the upheaval which has taken place at Turf Moor, a natural occurrence with Sean Dyche now long gone from the dugout and the club losing their Premier League status.

Nevertheless, while a ball is yet to be kicked in a competitive game, Vincent Kompany has made an array of eye-catching signings, focusing on youth and up-and-coming EFL players.

The departures of Nick Pope, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Nathan Collins means that the defence will have a considerably different look to it during what feel like a marathon campaign back in the Championship.

However, there is also excitement about the fresh start that many fans will feel was required, particularly under a figure like Kompany who will not settle for second best.

Huddersfield Town pre-season form:
Burnley pre-season form:

We say: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Burnley
Given the new eras which are commencing at each club, this is an extremely difficult match to call. Home advantage may work in Huddersfield’s favour, but we cannot ignore the business that Burnley have conducted this summer. With that in mind, we are backing the Clarets to edge this contest by the odd goal in three.

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