Preview: Huddersfield Town vs. Preston North End 

Preview: Huddersfield Town vs. Preston North EndĀ 

Huddersfield Town and Preston North End get their EFL Cup campaign underway when they go head to head in the first round at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday.

Both sides will be looking to get their season up and running after failing to taste victory in any of their opening two games in the Championship.

Huddersfield Town failed to get their 2022-23 Championship campaign up and running last Friday when they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City.

Despite being on the front foot for most of the game, the Terriers found themselves two goals down at half time courtesy of strikes from Scott Hogan and Przemys?aw Placheta, before Daniel Ward pulled one back on the hour mark.

Prior to that, they enjoyed a decent pre-season, where they picked up two wins and one draw from five friendly matches, before kicking off their Championship campaign with a 1-0 loss against Burnley on July 29.

Huddersfield Town head into Tuesday unbeaten in five of their last seven competitive games across all competitions, claiming four wins and one draw while scoring nine goals and conceding five.

Danny Schofield’s men now take their first step towards securing a place in the next round of the cup competition against an opposing side who they have failed to beat in nine of their last 13 encounters since 2011.

Meanwhile, Preston North End were involved in a share of the spoils for the second game running last time out when they were held to a goalless draw by Hull City.

Despite being on the front foot for most of the game and seeing over 60% of the ball possession, the Lilywhites were guilty of a lack of sting in attack as they failed to convert any of several clear-cut chances.

Prior to that, Preston North End enjoyed a solid pre-season campaign, where they picked up three wins from their five games before playing out a goalless draw with Wigan Athletic in their league opener on July 30.

However, Ryan Lowe’s men head into Tuesday unbeaten in each of their last four competitive outings, picking up two wins and two draws since a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers on July 25.

Huddersfield Town form (all competitions):
Preston North End form (all competitions):

We say: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Preston North End
Huddersfield Town have stumbled into the new season, suffering defeats in their opening two games. However, they will fancy their chances on home turf, where they are unbeaten in five of their last seven competitive outings. While we expect the Lilywhites to put up a fight, we predict the hosts will come out with a slender victory.

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