Huddersfield Town return to action with the aim of making it two Yorkshire Derby triumphs on the bounce - and seeking revenge on Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls were the opponents in David Wagner''s first ever game in charge of Town, and although Sean Scannell opened the scoring, Wednesday took advantage of a tiring side to run out 3-1 winners with a hattrick of late goals.

The system that Wagner introduced that day remains much in evidence, but the squad's fitness is much improved. Will that be enough to see off a high-flying Wednesday?

Sky Bet Championship - Sheffield Wednesday (3) v Huddersfield Town (1) - Sean Scannell celebrates his goal with Nahki Wells.

Carlos Carvalhal's side have their eye on a precious play-off berth, and kick off the weekend in sixth, three points ahead of nearest challengers Cardiff City.

And after a brief wobble when they went five games without a win, they've found their shooting boots again - beating Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest in their last two encounters.

History is also on the side of Saturday's visitors. Town are winless in their last four matches against the Owls on home turf, losing twice and drawing twice, while Wednesday have kept a clean sheet in each of those games.

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However, the Owls have been much weaker on their travels this campaign than in front of their own fans. From 19 games, they have taken 23 points away, compared with 39 from the same number of matches at Hillsborough - and they have won two of their last seven away trips.

There aren't many teams who outscore Town, but Wednesday are one of them with 56 goals in the Championship to date, compared with Town's 52. The Owls are also more clinical - converting 15.8%, whereas Wagner's men have a 13.8% conversion rate (which is the seventh best in the division).

But it won't surprise anyone to see they are far stronger defensively, having conceded just 36 goals in the league all season (Town have let in 53), and they also have 14 clean sheets to Town's eight.

Interestingly, they concede more shots per game, on average, than Town do according to figures from WhoScored, and that may have something to do with the high number of set pieces conceded in dangerous areas.

It's impossible to ignore the name Fernando Forestieri on the Wednesday teamsheet - the striker has 13 goals and five assists so far this term, making him by far the most potent threat Town will face. In fact, having added his 13th league goal of the season last time out, Forestieri has now scored more in the current campaign than in his previous two combined.

However, Wednesday are blessed with another forward in form in the shape of Gary Hooper, who has 11 league strikes to his name, and the creative boots of winger Ross Wallace - who tops the club's assists charts with eight.

No real wonder that 38% of the Owls' attacks come down his favoured right side.

Ross Wallace (R) of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates with team mate Atdhe Nuhiu

It's unlikely that either side will stick 11 men behind the ball at the John Smith's Stadium, with both managers preferring a positive, attacking style and prioritising keeping hold of the ball.

Wednesday have high stats in both possession (50% on average) and pass completion (74%), although Town are superior in both categories, averaging 53% possession with 77% pass success (per WhoScored).

However, it's easy to see why they are so high up the Championship table at this stage of the season - even though they won just one of their opening seven league games - when you consider how proficient they are protecting a lead. Since the turn of the year, Wednesday have failed to win just one game after scoring first, and that was a 1-1 draw with Reading.

Conversely, of the games they have fallen behind in since the start of January, they have won two against Bolton and Birmingham City, and gone on to earn a point against Burnley and QPR.

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This is the first of a hattrick of tough fixtures for Town, with Middlesbrough and Hull, both chasing promotion, following swiftly on the coat tails of this one.

Town will need to be at their best to halt their opponent's march on the play-offs.

But the win at Elland Road gave an indication of exactly what this team can do, and fans can anticipate an entertaining clash at the John Smith's Stadium.