After Coventry lost 4-2 to Norwich last weekend, manager Mark Robins referred to their defense as "heart attack material." The Sky Blues have now allowed 13 goals in six games in all competitions (D3, L3), and with five of those games taking place in the Championship, they have slipped out of the top six spots.
Although Preston is the only side above Coventry in the standings that has scored fewer than their 29 goals, their defensive troubles simply help to hide their concerns up front. Although the manager was only two years old the last time City defeated the Yorkshire team in a league encounter, back in 1972 (D3, L1), Robins will be looking to stop his side's difficulties at both ends of the field against visiting Huddersfield!
Despite having two victories in six league games since the World Cup, the Terriers go to the West Midlands in the relegation zone (D1, L3). As a result, they have moved out of last place in the Championship; however, the cancellation of their trip to Blackpool last week owing to a frozen field meant that their most recent match was a 1-1 draw against Hull two weeks ago.
The additional rest will hopefully assist the team, according to manager Mark Fotheringham, who also maintains that a busy transfer window has provided him the resources to avoid the relegation. After joining from Watford and Volos, respectively, Joseph Hungbo and Anthony Knockaert are set to make their debuts, and the manager claims he now has "great strength in depth" to pick from.
Players to watch: Only one of Kyle McFadzean's eight outings for Coventry versus Huddersfield resulted in victory (D4, L3), and only one of those games included three or more goals. He may face Martyn Waghorn, a recent Terriers addition who has drawn four of five matches against the Sky Blues (L1) and scored just once.