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Leeds United vs. Huddersfield Town: Top Dog Terriers travel to Elland Road

Huddersfield Town will arrive at Elland Road as top dogs in the Division... but will they leave heading up the league?

Bark? Roar? Hefele and the Terriers are top of the table.
Bark? Roar? Hefele and the Terriers are top of the table.
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This weekend we welcome to Elland Road the Top Dogs of the Division, the Huddersfield Town Terriers. Newly minted captain Liam Bridcutt will lead Monk's men out against their Yorkshire rival to kick off the weekend of derbies, as the international break is over and normal hostilities resume.

Our Hostilities

Huddersfield Town fans despise Leeds United for forever being in our shadow and football banter increases tenfold on the approach of the game. Their local paper even ran a feature less than 3 days ago: "Why do most supporters hate Leeds," but their bark has always been worse than their bite. As mentioned, Huddersfield are currently top of the league and their fans should concentrate on that rather than hatred.

However our own fans are also planning hostilities this weekend with the #TTGM group resuming their campaign of ousting owner Massimo Cellino, even after word came out that he has purchased all of GFH's shares, making him the sole owner of Leeds United.

This weekend, TTGM will be distributing "Wish you weren't here" postcards to allow fans to let the club and owner know what they think of him.

Debuts

I'm looking forward to this game as a bore draw it wont be: I expect goals. After losing last time out at Forest, the Whites will be looking to bounce back and have the opportunity to give home debuts to Pontus Jansson and their newest signing, Eunan O'Kane.

We will be also unleashing our new captain Liam Bridcutt on the Terriers. With his desire to prove his leadership through tough tackling on Saturday, Huddersfield will have a job on their hands.

Huddersfield have started the season on fire, defeating two of the divisions favourites in Newcastle and Wolves and holding big-spending Villa to a draw. They don't win by much of a margin, and their top scorer Elias Kachunga has only two goals to his name. They will be hard to break down as they are a resilient and consistent side who have conceded only 4 goals in the league.

Head to head

Elland Road has seen 34 games between the two clubs with Leeds taking the honours 15 times, Huddersfield 10, and the remaining 9 drawn.

Form

Huddersfield Town form reads W5 D1 L0 compared with Leeds United's W1 D1 L3

Leeds Player to watch

The Through It All Together Player of the Month for August, Marcus Antonsson, just pips new Captain Liam Bridcutt as the man to watch. His drive and determination through the 90 could be the deciding factor on game day. This game is tailor made for him to add to his season's goal tally.

Huddersfield Player to watch

The on-loan German striker Elias Kachunga may be a worry for what could be a new Leeds centre back pairing of Bartley and Jansson.

WHAT

Leeds United v Huddersfield Town

EFL Championship Fixture

WHERE

Elland Road Stadium, Leeds

LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds

WHEN

Saturday, September 10, 2016

7:00am PT / 10:00am ET / 3:00pm BT

WHO

Leeds United's possible lineup

Green, Taylor, Jansson, Bartley, Ayling, Bridcutt, Vieira, Mowatt, Sacko, Antonsson, Wood

Huddersfield Town's possible lineup

Ward, Smith, Hudson, Schindler Löwe, Hogg, Mooy, Kachunga, Palmer, van La Parra, Wells

ODDS

Leeds 8/5

Draw 23/10

Huddersfield 17/10

PREDICTION

A tough one to call. Huddersfield will not want to come away with their first defeat of the season and lose top spot to Leeds, whilst United are still settling into its new line up. Draw 2-2.