View from the opposition – Huddersfield Town AFC

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View from the opposition – Huddersfield Town AFC

Name: Steven Downes

Current home town: Cleckheaton

Birthplace: Dewsbury

How long have you supported your team? 10 Years since the 2008/09 season

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The look of it, there is only the Macron (Bolton Wanderers) that comes close in terms of looks, but our stadium is very distinctive. 

Favourite match played by your team & why: Well you could say the playoff finals but my favourite game at the John Smith's Stadium is the playoff semi-final against Bournemouth in the 2010/11 season. 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: It has to be captain fantastic Peter Clarke he was my first Town hero as a young teenager, I looked up to how he played on the pitch. His no nonsense and hard tackling style of play. 

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  

Christopher Schindler, he is just brilliant, his timing of tackles and ability on the ball is just outstanding. Schindler is now a legend at the club and in most Town fans opinion is one of the best defenders to ever put the proud blue and white stripped shirt on. 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? 

Steve Mounie- He is a powerful player in the box who can win just about any header, if and when we deliver a decent cross into the box, more than likely Mounie will get on the end of it. He came close against Palace in our last game to scoring, hopefully this time at Leicester he'll put the ball into the net. 

Player in our squad you most fear and why? 

Jamie Vardy- It has to be Vardy, with his pace and direct running style, he's always a danger when it comes to balls over the top of our defence. It will take a massive amount of concentration and right positioning to stop the former England international from getting on the score sheet. 

Up and coming prospect in your squad? 

Phillip Billing, he is still only 21 years of age, he is still learning the ropes and so far this season has done very well in the games he has played in. There are high hopes for the Danish midfielder to become a top class player, and a few years ago he attracted attention from both Everton and Spurs. Town managed to keep a hold of the tall CM and now it will be interesting to see where and how his career develops moving forward. 

How do you think you’ll do against us? 

I always see Leicester as one of those sides who score plenty of goals but also concede plenty too. That has certainly been the case so far this season, and it will be interesting to see how you set up against us on Saturday. We don't have a good record when travelling to you and that is something that our head coach David Wagner will have to battle against. I can see the game being either 3-0 to Leicester or 2-1 to Huddersfield. 

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club? 

As ever since David Wagner has arrived in West Yorkshire he has liked to get his transfer business done early. To be honest this summer it was more important to keep hold of what we already had and then adding to that. The coaching staff all signed new contracts including Wagner himself. First team members Jonas Lossl and Flo Hadergjonaj were on loan at the Terriers the season before, but their loan spells were made permanent over the summer. The same went for Terrance Kongolo who was bought from Monaco for £17.5m the biggest transfer fee ever to be paid by Town for any player. Other players were added to the squad such as Ben Hamer from Leicester and Erik Durm from Borussia Dortmund. 

Notable players to leave the club were Dean Whitehead (Retired) and Robert Green left the club on a free transfer. 

Other players to leave for money were Tom Ince who moved to Stoke City for £10m, Michael Hefele departed to move to Nottingham Forest in the Championship and Scott Malone also went to a second division club in Derby County. 

Finally Sean Scannell was sold to local rivals Bradford City, Scannell was the last player to appear in Town's first season back in the Championship in 2012 to leave the club. 

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? Hopefully we'll finish in 17th position or above. 

Who do you think will win the league? Manchester City, you can't look past them with their squad and continuous good results.  

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? 

Southampton

West Ham

Cardiff City

Any other comments? I've always liked Leicester as a club and hope you do well this season, you should in my opinion be fighting for a European spot this time around. 

Next Up – Huddersfield 22 September 2018

Next Up – Huddersfield 22 September 2018

Head Coach: David Wagner

Founded: 1908

Ground:   John Smith's Stadium Huddersfield

Address: Stadium Way Huddersfield HD1 6PX

Capacity: 24,500

Squad:

1              Denmark                             GK          Jonas Lössl

2              England                              DF          Tommy Smith (captain)

5              Netherlands                        DF          Terence Kongolo

6              England                              MF          Jonathan Hogg

7              Netherlands                        MF         Juninho Bacuna

8              Denmark                            MF          Philip Billing

9              Dem Rep of Congo            FW          Elias Kachunga

10           Australia                              MF          Aaron Mooy

11           France                                 FW          Adama Diakhaby

12           England                               GK          Ben Hamer

14           Egypt                                   MF          Ramadan Sobhi

15           Germany                             DF          Chris Löwe

17           Netherlands                        MF          Rajiv van La Parra

18           Belgium                               FW         Isaac Mbenza (on loan from Montpellier)

19           United States                      MF         Danny Williams

20           Belgium                               FW         Laurent Depoitre

21           England                                MF        Alex Pritchard

23           Germany                             FW         Collin Quaner

24           Benin                                   FW        Steve Mounié

25           Denmark                             DF          Mathias Jørgensen

26           Germany                             DF          Christopher Schindler

27           Slovenia                              DF          Jon Gorenc Stanković

29           Morocco                              MF         Abdelhamid Sabiri

31           England                              GK          Ryan Schofield

33           Switzerland                         DF          Florent Hadergjonaj

37           Germany                             DF          Erik Durm

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: www.htafc.com

View from the Opposition – Bournemouth

A bit about you:

Name: Brian Roberts 

Current home town: Stafford

Birthplace: Liverpool 

How long have you supported your team? 25 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: a great atmosphere generated by home and away fans. I tend to sit close to the away fans and there is always great banter between the two sets of supporters. When the cherries scored against Cardiff in the first game of the season there was an instant chant of England 1 Wales 0. 

Favourite match played by your team & why: when we won 1:0 away to Chelsea. Mourinho was the manager and our two favourite  songs were “we have the chosen one” and “you’re getting sacked in the morning”. Which did happen! I missed last years 3:0 win at Chelsea which must have been even better. 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: in my time of watching them probably Steve Fletcher, but some of the current team are pushing hard to take over my top spot. One player in that category is Calum Wilson. To come back from two devastating injuries and continue to play at the top level is incredible. 

About our forthcoming match against you:  a very tough game. It’s always hard to predict results after an international break. But if pushed into giving a prediction I would go for 1:1. Leicester have an excellent team with some high quality players. It should be an entertaining game for both sets of supporters.

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Ryan Fraser. Bags of talent and very brave. 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? I would have said Ryan Fraser who has started the season so well. But he is a big doubt for the game. Wilson and King are playing well so I would expect us to score.

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Jamie Vardy because he is a top quality striker and Harry Maguire from set pieces (I was really pleased you resisted the demands of Man U when they tried to buy him). 

Up and coming prospect in your squad? David Brooks looks a tremendous buy.

How do you think you’ll do against us? As I said in my answer to an earlier question I’m going for 1:1. But a win for the cherries against a top ten team like Leicester would be brilliant. .

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club? We did excellent business. We have a stronger squad than last year so that has to be good.

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? 9th or 10th.

Who do you think will win the league? Man City but it will be a very close race between them and Liverpool.

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? Cardiff, West Ham and Huddersfield.

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Next Up – AFC Bournemouth 15 September 2018

Next Up – AFC Bournemouth 15 September 2018

Manager: Eddie Howe          Founded:       1890

Ground:   Dean Court      Address:   Kings Park Bournemouth Dorset BH7 7AF

Capacity:      11,360

Squad:

1              Poland                   GK          Artur Boruc

2              England                 DF           Simon Francis (captain)

3              England                 DF           Steve Cook

4              England                 MF         Dan Gosling

5              Netherlands           DF           Nathan Aké

6              England                 MF         Andrew Surman

7              England                 MF         Marc Pugh

8              Colombia              MF         Jefferson Lerma

9              France                  FW         Lys Mousset

10           England                 MF         Jordon Ibe

11           England                 DF           Charlie Daniels

12           England                 GK          Aaron Ramsdale

13           England                 FW         Callum Wilson

15           England                 DF           Adam Smith

16           England                 MF         Lewis Cook

17           Norway                 FW         Joshua King

18           England                 FW         Jermain Defoe

19           England                 MF         Junior Stanislas

20           Wales                    MF         David Brooks

21           Spain                     DF           Diego Rico

24           Scotland                MF         Ryan Fraser

25           England                 DF           Jack Simpson

26           England                 DF           Tyrone Mings

27           Bos & Herz            GK          Asmir Begović

28           England                 MF         Kyle Taylor

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information. 

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: www.afcb.co.uk

View from the Opposition – Liverpool

View from the Opposition – Liverpool

A bit about you:

Name: Marc King

Current home town: Leicester

Birthplace: Birmingham

How long have you supported your team? 44 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: Atmosphere on a Champions league night and when we sing YNWA

Favourite match played by your team & why: Champions league final in 2005. Coming back from 3-0 against AC Milan to win

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: It’s a difficult one as there have been so many but I would possibly have to say Kenny Dalglish due to not only what he did for the team on the pitch but also what he did for the city following the Hillsborough tragedy.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Roberto Firmino – Not only does he score goals but the amount of work he puts in off the ball is incredible – reminds me of a modern day Ian Rush 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Mo Salah – his pace is electric and he has a knack of being in the right place at the right time when the ball is in the opposition box

Player in our squad you most fear and why? I would of said Jamie Vardy but he is not playing so I will go with James Maddison as he is still trying to impress the crowd

Up and coming prospect in your squad? I don’t think we have seen the best of Joe Gomez yet and I think he will have a strong season and will play for England on a regular basis

How do you think you’ll do against us? I think we will win 2-0

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club? The incomings have been superb and the one position that every Liverpool supporter wanted resolving was the Goalkeeper which seems to have been sorted once and for all

Where do you think you’ll finish this season?  Winners

Who do you think will win the league? Us

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? Huddesfield, Cardiff and West Ham

Any other comments? My wife and 2 boys are season ticket holders at LCFC wishing them well for the rest of the season but not for tomorrow..