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Preview: Blackburn Rovers v Huddersfield Town

David Wagner in hunt for 10th league win in charge

Huddersfield Town's German boss David Wagner

Panini have launched their Euro 2016 sticker album.

And Huddersfield Town’s German head coach David Wagner is about to complete his full set of Championship opponents.

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It’s league match number 26 for the boss - but his first against Blackburn Rovers.

Chris Powell was at the helm when the Roses rivals drew 1-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium back in August.

Town top scorer Nahki Wells scored the first of his 16 goals for the season to date after 10 minutes.

But Nathan Delfouneso levelled on the hour to make it one of 10 draws in 41 league games for 19th-placed Town and 14 for Rovers, who are 16th, just one point better off.

Simple maths therefore reveals that Town have won one more game (12) than Blackburn (11).

They also have more goals (54 to 39) but Rovers have conceded only 40 (14 clean sheets) to Town’s 59.

So will Town’s forwards or Blackburn’s defenders come out on top?

Historic Ewood Park, home to Football League founder members Rovers since 1890, hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds for Town.

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There have been only seven victories in 37 league meetings there between the teams who contested the 1928 FA Cup final (Blackburn triumphed 3-1 to spoil Town’s first trip to Wembley).

Town’s new chief executive Julian Winter was in the last Town side to win at Rovers in 1986, nine visits ago.

There have been changes at both clubs since their last clash.

Paul Lambert, who once played for Wagner’s previous employers Borussia Dortmund, took over from Gary Bowyer at Blackburn soon after Town’s managerial change in early November.

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Blackburn Rovers' new manager Paul Lambert talks to the media during a press conference at Ewood Park, Blackburn.

Like Wagner, he has had 25 league games in charge, winning eight, drawing six and losing 11.

The Town chief’s figures are nine, four and 12.

Lambert has rung the changes at Rovers, who of course sold former Town striker Jordan Rhodes to Middlesbrough for £9m in the last transfer window.

The former Aston Villa boss has brought in ex-Town loan defender Elliott Ward and strikers Elliott Bennett and Simeon Jackson, who all played under him at Norwich City, and has borrowed widemen Jordi Gomez (from Sunderland) and Matt Grimes (Swansea City) as well as Gomez’s teammate, striker Danny Graham.


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