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Match Preview: Sunderland v Huddersfield Town - all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

Despite losing at Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, the Lads are looking for their third straight victory at the Stadium of Light tonight as Huddersfield Town make the trip north.

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Wednesday 29th November 2023

(9th) Sunderland v Huddersfield Town (21st)

Championship

Stadium of Light

Kick-Off: 19:45


Tickets & Match Coverage

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Radio: Full live match commentary available via BBC Radio Newcastle (not online)

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The build-up...

After eagerly anticipating the Lads' return after the international break, it was more than disappointing to lose at Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, but being back on home soil tonight feels pretty comfortable at the moment.

The impact of being on the road versus playing in our own backyard has seemingly flipped from earlier in the season when we appeared to swat aside any team on their own patch by scoring three goals, but defeat at Argyle now means we’re four without a win away from the Stadium of Light.

However, with three wins in the last four at home (that includes a defeat to the referee against Middlesbrough), suggests we’re gathering more momentum than we were last season at the Stadium of Light.

With Leeds United six points above us in 3rd and Millwall six points behind us but all the way down in 18th, tonight is as good a time as any to remain with the chasing pack by claiming all three points.

Sunderland v Birmingham City - Sky Bet Championship - Stadium of Light Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images

After last season’s survival effort under Neil Warnock, all eyes were on the Terriers this season to see if the veteran manager could keep the momentum going, but after six games, with the club sitting 17th in the table, they decided it was time to make a longer term appointment.

And it was former Sheffield Wednesday manager, Darren Moore, who led the Owls to promotion last season before leaving under strange circumstances in the summer, who got the nod and it would be fair to say Moore is still looking for a winning formula in his new job.

Of the three victories achieved by Huddersfield this season, two of them came in those first six games under Warnock and they now find themselves one position and four points above the bottom three.

On the road they haven’t won in the last five, with their last away victory coming on the 2nd September at West Bromwich Albion. In league competition, we have to go all the way back to 1960 to find the last time today’s visitors won on Wearside, let’s hope we continue that run tonight.

Huddersfield Town v Watford - Sky Bet Championship
Darren Moore
Photo by John Early/Getty Images

Sunderland home form...


Huddersfield Town away form...


The betting...

The bookies have the Lads as big favourites this afternoon at 8/15, while an away win is priced at around 24/5, and the draw is 29/10.


Head to head... at Plymouth

(All competitions)

  • Sunderland wins: 25
  • Draws: 13
  • Huddersfield Town wins: 7
  • Sunderland goals: 95
  • Huddersfield Town goals: 50

Last time we met... at the Stadium of Light

Tuesday 18th April 2023

Championship

Sunderland 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Sunderland: Patterson, Hume, Batth (Anderson), O’Nien, Gooch, Neil, Diallo, Pritchard, Roberts (Watson), Clarke, Gelhardt (Lihadji) Substitutes not used: Bass, Taylor, Ekwah, Ba

Huddersfield Town: Vaclik, Pearson, Ruffels, Kasumu, Lees, Helik, Koroma, Rudoni, Ward, Diarra, Headley Substitutes not used: Bilokapic, Lowton, Jackson, Edmonds-Green, Hungbo, Waghorn, Rhodes

Attendance: 37,065

Sunderland v Huddersfield Town - Sky Bet Championship
Joe Gelhardt celebrates opening the scoring when the two sides last met at the Stadium of Light back in April
Photo by John Early/Getty Images

Played for both...

Tony Norman

The Welsh international goalkeeper made his name at Hull City where he made well over 400 appearances in eight years before Denis Smith brought him to Roker in a record-breaking deal that involved Bill Whitehurst moving in the opposite direction.

Norman spent seven years at Sunderland and provided many memories of his talents, especially some of those created during the run to the 1992 FA Cup final.

After leaving in 1995, Norman was picked up by Huddersfield Town where he spent two more years before retiring.

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