Huddersfield Town travel to Birmingham for the third game of the David Wagner era.

The new boss is still looking for his first points, but believes he team are heading in the right direction - a view shared by most fans, who applauded the Terriers off the field after the 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough last time out.

On the other side of the coin, the Blues are hoping to arrest a recent slide. Without a goal in their last three home games, they have lost their last two matches.

Two teams both desperate for points but short of goals should make for an intriguing clash at St Andrew's.

Here's all the key details at a glance...

Kick off

Saturday 5 December, 3pm, St Andrew's Stadium, Birmingham

Referee

Stephen Martin

Team News

Huddersfield: Joel Lynch is back in training but isn't yet match fit, while Philip Billing is a few weeks away.

Ishmael Miller returns to the squad after injury, while Harry Bunn and Muzzy Carayol are back in contention after missing out last week with suspension and loan ineligibility respectively.

Sky Bet Championship - Burnley (2) v Huddersfield Town (1) - Ishmael Miller and Michael Keane.

Birmingham City: James Vaughan is ineligible to face Town under the terms of his loan. Top scorer Clayton Donaldson is out injured, and Paul Robinson and David Cotterill also remain in the treatment room.

Greg Halford, a recent loan signing from Rotherham, could be involved in a surprise striking role, but Nicolai Brock-Madsen is expected to lead the line.

Manager's notes

David Wagner

The Huddersfield boss is determined to translate performances into results.

He said: "We know Birmingham will be tough opponents, but we are well prepared and we go there with clear targets and ready to work very hard to achieve them.

Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town (0) v Middlesbrough (2) - Huddersfield Head Coach David Wagner.

“We want our first clean sheet as a group, our first point, but even more, our first victory, and we know these targets can be achieved.”

Gary Rowett

Blues boss has warned he has a hard working team on his hands who are keen to bounce back from recent defeats.

He told the press: “I’ve said this before that we’re not going to be the technically most gifted team in the world but one thing we don’t lack is a bit of determination and hard work.

“If sometimes that drops us short, which it did a little bit in the Brighton game – I can hold my hand up and still be quite proud of their performance.”

Betting Latest

The home side are favourites for Saturday's clash - SkyBet are offering 6/5 for a Birmingham win, 23/10 for an away win or 23/10 for the draw.

Fancy a second half come back? Birmingham at HT and Huddersfield at FT is 33/1, but if you fancy the Terriers to be leading at the interval and final whistle you can get 9/2 with SkyBet.

First goalscorer bet more your style? Nahki Wells is 7/1, Joe Lolley is 7/2 while Emyr Huws is 10/1. If you fancy a real outsider, Skipper Mark Hudson is currently 50/1 to open the scoring.

Huddersfield Town training session at PPG Canalside - Mark Hudson
Huddersfield Town training session at PPG Canalside - Mark Hudson

The Last Time

Aston Villa fan and former Birmingham City youth product Joe Lolle y equalised on the 27th minute in March 2015.

His strike earned a point, cancelling out David Cotterill's opener, as well as earning him great personal satisfaction.

Can lightning Lolley strike twice?

Form Guide

Huddersfield's last five:

Nov 28 (h) MIDDLESBROUGH L 0-2

Nov 21 (a) SHEFF WED L 1-3

Nov 7 (h) LEEDS L 0-3

Nov 3 (a) READING D 2-2

Oct 31 (a) BURNLEY L 1-2

Birmingham's last five:

Nov 28 (a) BRIGHTON L 1-2

Nov 21 (h) CHARLTON L 0-1

Nov 7 (a) FULHAM W 5-2

Nov 3 (h) BLACKBURN D 0-0

Oct 31 (h) WOLVES L 0-2

Match Facts

David Cotterill, expected to miss out due to injury, has scored the opening goal in the last two Championship fixtures between these two clubs.

Huddersfield have scored on their last four visits to St Andrew’s, with the Yorkshire club unbeaten in the previous three (W2 D1).

The Blues have failed to score in five of their last six Championship home games; no other Championship team have failed to score in more home games.

The Terriers have conceded two or more in each of the last six Championship games (D1 L5).

No player has more assists in the Championship this season than Blues’ hitman Clayton Donaldson (6, level with Alan Judge), who is out injured.

No Championship side has scored fewer headed goals than Huddersfield (1).

Further Reading

Huddersfield Town looking to cause some trouble in our Championship revival says Jamie Paterson

Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town: Whitehead v Toral and more key individual battles

Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town: Substitutions to make the difference and more to look out for at St Andrew's

Huddersfield Town centre back Joel Lynch returns to training and could be back to face Bristol City and Rotherham United

Ishmael Miller fit and ready to challenge for Huddersfield Town slot against Birmingham City says boss David Wagner

James Vaughan's loan to Birmingham City was in everyone's interests says Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle

Huddersfield Town fans working with club on pricing and purchase policy to attract more fans to watch David Wagner's side

FA Cup: Huddersfield Town ball are number 18 in third-round draw

Championship round-up: QPR hire Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Reading sack Steve Clarke and more