Huddersfield v Cardiff City. Match preview

Last updated : 07 May 2017 By Michael Morris

Huddersfield are assured of a play off place. cardiff could finish top half.

Huddersfield midfielder Philip Billing is expected to miss the home game against Cardiff due to a knee injury.

Billing was forced out of last week's defeat at Birmingham, where head coach David Wagner rested key players ahead of the play-offs and made 10 changes.

Striker Elias Kachunga (calf) remains sidelined but is hoping to be fit for the play-off semi-final, while on-loan Chelsea forward Kasey Palmer (hamstring) and Jon Gorenc Stankovic (knee) will play no further part this season.

Wagner must decide whether to recall the likes of Jonathan Hogg, Chris Lowe, Raj van La Parra, Izzy Brown and Michael Hefele to his squad.

Peter Whittingham could close his Cardiff career after 10 years of service as the midfielder is out of contract this summer and has yet to agree a new deal.

Defender Bruno Manga is also in talks with Cardiff over new terms but he will be missing ahead of international duty with Gabon.

Iceland midfielder Aron Gunnarsson could also be rested ahead of international duty, and Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock is expected to hand a few fringe players an opportunity.

Defender Matt Connolly, goalkeeper Brian Murphy and wingers Mark Harris and Craig Noone could all start.

Match facts

  • Huddersfield are winless in seven league matches against Cardiff (D2 L5) since a 1-0 win in January 2003.
  • Victory for the Bluebirds would see them win back-to-back away league games at Huddersfield for the first time.
  • The Terriers have reached the second-tier play-offs for the first time, making them the eighth side to reach the play-offs in all three divisions (Blackpool, Bolton, Bradford, Burnley, Cardiff, Preston, Swansea).
  • Cardiff boss Neil Warnock managed 120 games for Huddersfield between 1993 and 1995, leading them to promotion from the third tier via the play-offs in the 1994-95 campaign.
  • Rickie Lambert has had a hand in eight goals in his last nine Football League games against the Terriers (five goals, three assists), netting in each of his last two.
  • On the day of this game, Huddersfield will have spent 268 days of this Championship season occupying the top six, more than any other side - Cardiff, meanwhile, are one of four sides to have not spent a single day in the top six (along with Preston, Rotherham and Wigan).