Huddersfield Town vs Fulham preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Getty/Justin Setterfield - Fulham are back in the Championship.

Gameweek two of the Championship sees Huddersfield Town take on Fulham at the John Smith's Stadium.

Last season, visitors Fulham were relegated from the Premier League with just 28 points; the Cottagers will hope to bounce back at the first time of asking, and they have help. Not only do they possess a squad that is extremely talented, but Fulham also now boast the Premier League experience of new signings Harry Wilson and Paolo Gazzaniga

Meanwhile, the Terriers will be doing their best to avoid replicating last season, in which the hosts finished just six points clear of the relegation zone. Huddersfield have a squad perhaps with less quality, but nonetheless, they will put up a strong fight. They have made a fair few new signings, mostly on free transfers, with Jordan Rhodes and Tom Lees moving to West Yorkshire among others. 

Both sides drew 1-1 in the opening fixture of the campaign, as Fulham battled against Middlesbrough, and Huddersfield took on Derby County.

This game takes place on Saturday at 15:00 BST.

  • New manager for Fulham

With Scott Parker leaving Fulham in the summer to manage promotion rivals Bournemouth, Marco Silva was appointed head coach of the west-London club. Silva has managed Hull City, Everton and Watford in the Premier League but has yet to manage in the second tier, so it should be interesting to see how he and Fulham fare.

The Portuguese tactician has been ridiculed in the past for a lack of loyalty, especially in regards to his stints at Watford and Hull. And at Everton, he was scrutinised for his inability to help the club to flourish as the team who are supposedly "best of the rest".

It is important that Silva learns from his tactical mistakes if he is to be successful at Fulham. But he does have significant resources to be able to achieve promotion; success is definitely tangible.

His predecessor, Parker, in a press conference late last season, identified the trend that has defined Fulham's last couple of years: “The rollercoaster and the highs and lows [are] not something you want,” he said. “We need to try and get off this rollercoaster that we’re on. We need to break that cycle.”

This is Silva's goal, for the long term. For now, though, it is beating Huddersfield.

  • Team news

For Huddersfield, Rolando Aarons and Aaron Rowe have been ruled out of the game due to injuries. Lewis O'Brien, Josh Ruffels, Lee Nicholls and Harry Toffolo are all out with COVID-19. Tom Lees is out for another two weeks after having surgery on his ankle and Pipa is a doubt for the game as the defender is recovering from a pre-season injury.

Fulham, meanwhile, have most of their squad available for selection. Terrence Kongolo and Tom Cairney remain out with injuries and will miss the game against Huddersfield and Andre Zambo Anguissa is unavailable for selection as the midfielder sorts out a move away from the club.

  • Predicted lineups

Huddersfield Town:

Schofield, Pearson, Sarr, Colwill, Turton, High, Hogg, Holmes, Thomas, Ward, Rhodes.

Fulham:

Gazzaniga, Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson, Onomah, Francois, Wilson, Carvalho, Kebano, Mitrovic.

  • One to watch

Harry Wilson recently signed from Liverpool for £12M, although inconsistent at times, he is an exciting talent. His dribbling ability, flair and free-kicks make him an extremely useful asset for Fulham. On loan at Cardiff City last season from Liverpool, the 24-year-old impressed with seven goals and 12 assists. Wilson could be a real problem for Huddersfield's defence.

  • How to watch

Fans outside of the UK can watch the game via iFollow on Huddersfield's website or the equivalent streaming service on Fulham's website.

 

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