With just seven in 40 years up to the millennium, there was a period when meetings between Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday had real scarcity value.
But with the fortunes of the teams from the textile town and steel city following each other in recent times (both were promoted from League I in 2012), that has changed, with this the fifth successive season they have clashed.
There have still been plenty of talking points, whether it be two yellow cards but no red for Jeremy Helan in 2012-13 or four goals for Jordan Rhodes the season before.
Another has been the tendency for each side to perform on the other’s patch, with Town winning on three of their last four visits and Wednesday on two of their last three.
That’s a trend Town must buck in front of the TV cameras (Sky have had a liking for the fixture), and Chris Powell has already called for his side to maintain their solid home form (three wins and two draws in their last five).
Powell’s charges go into this crucial phase of the Championship campaign, with seven sets of fixtures between now and the New Year, on the back of successive defeats at Derby County and Fulham, both disappointing but neither a disgrace.
A three-point haul would lift them above Wednesday, who began the season strongly but have slumped since going down 7-0 at Manchester City in the Capital One Cup third round.
A run of nine league games without a win means they have slipped from sixth to 13th, three places above Town, bringing inevitable question marks against the future of boss Stuart Gray, who has bolstered his midfield with the loan addition of Watford’s Lewis McGugan.
The former Southampton and Northampton Town chief has shrugged off a ‘dreaded’ vote of confidence from chairman Milan Mandaric during the international break.
Gray’s charges have been fairly strong defensively (just 14 goals conceded), but have managed to score just 12 in the league.
And the man who guided Wednesday out of trouble after replacing Dave Jones just short of a year ago will know a win will brighten his situation.
Powell has spoken of his respect for Gray, and his hope that he can steer his side back up the table, but only after tomorrow’s game has gone.