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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town V Franchise FC

It doesn’t seem like two minutes ago that the MK Dons came to the Galpharm with Paul Ince as boss and played what can only be described as the playground game of “fouling football” with Aaron Wilbraham deciding to try and kick everything that wasn’t the ball. How times have changed.

The Dons will arrive at the Galpharm tomorrow knowing they need to at least take away a point to keep their automatic promotion hope alive; whilst Town have to win following a disappointing result at Tranmere last weekend, and with Sheffield United’s game postponed Town can pull further clear of their promotion rivals.

Scott Arfield celebrates his goal against MK Dons earlier in the season (photo: hatfc.com)

Karl Robinson’s side have performed way above expectations and budget this season sitting pretty in fifth place and their points tally could be a lot healthier had they beaten Sheffield Wednesday midweek, but from a personal point a view a draw suited all us Huddersfield fans.

It will be interesting to see what side Lee Clark pulls out of that hat this week especially after the shock departure of Donal McDermott on transfer deadline day. That decision baffled quite a few fans but that’s another blog for next week all about Mr Clark’s January deals.

Town have a few injury worries with winger Gary Roberts being out for 6 weeks and captain Peter Clarke apparently needing an operation for a double hernia. Alan Lee and Danny Ward are also doubts following injuries last week. Ward appeared to pull up with a muscle issue and Lee, well basically he was assaulted on the pitch and didn’t even get a foul for it.

So with no with wingers it will be interesting to see what team Clark puts out. Town have some good news though as Scott Arfield and Calum Woods should be available, whilst Alex Smithies came through 90 minutes against Blackburn Rovers in a development game this week, although it is probably too soon for him.

New signing Kalum Higginbotham could make his debut for Town although it wold be interesting to see if Clark will risk throwing him straight into the fire or bed him in by coming off the bench. Sadly Murray Wallace isn’t available since we loaned him back to Falkirk, our apparent new feeder club.

Higginbotham set for his Terriers debut? (photo: Falkirk Herald)

On the MK Dons side of things it will be interesting to see if Robinson decides to start with Alan Smith who he picked up on loan from Newcastle. I’m sure if the former Leeds and Manchester United striker come midfielder will receive a fantastic reception from all Huddersfield fans…

Another Newcastle loanee called James Tavernier could also make his debut from the Dons after joining them on deadline day. Interesting fact about Tavernier is that he was trending on twitter when he signed for MK Dons. Shows you what a slow transfer deadline day it was!

Possible Line-Up (4-2-3-1)

Ian Bennett; Jack Hunt, Jamie McCombe, Sean Morrison, Gary Naysmith (c); Oscar Gobern, Damien Johnson; Scott Arfield, Lee Novak, Danny Cadamarteri; Jordan Rhodes

Stat Attack:

Huddersfield Town Form: DDWWWD

MK Dons Form: WDWDLD

Last 5 meetings:

MK Dons 1 (Lewington) Huddersfield Town 1 (Arfield)

MK Dons 1 (Doumbe) Huddersfield Town 3 (Arfield, Peltier, Cadamarteri)

Huddersfield Town 4 (Kay, Roberts, Rhodes x2) MK Dons 1 (Wilbraham)

Huddersfield Town 1 (Pilkington) MK Dons 0

MK Dons 2 (Easter, Johnson) Huddersfield Town 3 (Rhodes, Robinson, Kay)

FACT: Huddersfield Town are currently on the longest unbeaten run in the Football League, a total of 8 games.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 2-1 MK Dons

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