Huddersfield Town head to Cardiff City this weekend for their first away day of the Championship season looking to build on the 5-3 extra-time victory at Chesterfield in midweek.

The devastating 4-0 opening-day loss to Bournemouth, coupled with Mark Robins' subsequent departure, made for a difficult start to the campaign but caretaker boss Mark Lillis steadied the ship and some by registering the comeback win at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday.

But the trip to the Cardiff City Stadium will be a true test of Town's ability to cut it at this level, with the Bluebirds having been relegated from the Premier League last term and embarking on a summer shopping spree, with Adam Le Fondre the most high-profile arrival.

Town, meanwhile, will hope that their new signings Jacob Butterfield and Conor Coady can team up to continue the recovery from last weekend's respective setbacks.

And here is everything you need to know about the game as Town look to get off the mark in the Championship.

Kick-off            

Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town (3pm)

The likely line-ups

Cardiff City (4-4-2): Marshall; Brayford, Hudson (capt), Connolly, Fabio; Burgstaller, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Daehli; Jones, Le Fondre.

Huddersfield Town (4-4-2): Smithies; Smith, Peltier (capt), Lynch, Dixon; Hammill, Norwood, Coady, Majewski; Stead, Wells.

Team news

Cardiff City: Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will be able to call on new signings Sean Morrison and Anthony Pilkington, both former Town players, for tomorrow's clash after they were registered in time and defender Juan Cala returns from suspension.

The Bluebirds manager is also boosted by the return to fitness of new signings Federico Macheda, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Javi Guerra but the trio are unlikely to be risked while Craig Noone and Ben Turner remain on the sidelines.

Huddersfield Town: Lillis must once again contend with the absence of James Vaughan as he steps up his return from a calf injury while Martin Paterson and Anthony Gerrard will also not take any part in the Bluebirds clash.

Ones to watch

Cardiff City: Guido Burgstaller - The Austrian opened the scoring for the Bluebirds in their Capital One Cup win at Coventry City and produced was a constant menace to the Sky Blues backline.

Solksjaer fielded Nicky Maynard and Le Fondre either side of Kenwyne Jones in a 4-3-3 formation in the Bluebirds opening-weekend 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers and it was not the right fit but Burgstaller can slot into a 4-4-2 setup effectively.

Huddersfield Town: Jacob Butterfield - The new signing will be determined to make an impression on his Terriers bow, should he be selected, and can give Town quality in both aspects of midfield play.

Butterfield will ultimately be judged on his ability, along with the rest of Town's midfield, to replace the goals and assists Adam Clayton provided last season and he can make inroads into doing just that tomorrow from the outset or as an impact sub.

What the bookies say

The Bluebirds are considered 4/6 odds-on favourites, with Town ranked 4/1 to claim maximum points from their trip to the Cardiff City Stadium.

Nahki Wells, fresh from plundering a hat-trick in the win over Chesterfield, can be backed at 10/1 to score the opener and looks Town's best bet to find the net.

Last time they met

The previous encounter between these two sides ended all square as the two teams battled to a 0-0 draw at the John Smith's Stadium in the February of the 2012/2013 season, when Cardiff achieved promotion to the Premier League.

The reverse fixture that season came on opening day, when Mark Hudson's 90th-minute winner broke Town's steely resistance.

Watch: Town reporter Doug Thomson on Town's Cardiff City test

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Match facts

Head-to-head

Cardiff are unbeaten in the last three meetings in all competitions, winning two of those.

Town's last win was a 1-0 home triumph in the old Division Two in January 2003.

The Bluebirds have also come out on top in the last three meetings at home in all competitions. Huddersfield's last win there was 2-1 in the old Division Two in September 2001.

Cardiff City            

Solskjaer's side managed just 32 league goals last term - with Norwich City the only side to score fewer in the Premier League in 2013/2014.

The Bluebirds have kept three clean sheets in their last four league meetings with Town.

Huddersfield Town

The Terriers have gone 12 league games without a clean sheet, stretching back to their 0-0 draw at Charlton Athletic back in March of this year.

Town have also kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 league visits to Cardiff.

What the managers say

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Mark Robins losing his job at Huddersfield after one Championship match tells you everything about how volatile the job is.

"I met Mark last week at a referees’ meeting.

"It is just sad that things happen so quickly.

"We don’t know the ins and outs but it is never nice when your colleagues lose their jobs.”            

Mark Lillis: “It’s a big game and we’re looking forward to it.

“We’ve done plenty of preparation in terms of checking on Cardiff, who are a strong side.

“We’ll put together a plan to beat them and pick the players we think will best put it into operation.

“I’m a big believer in putting round pegs into round holes, and we have a good selection of players to choose from.”

Man in the middle

Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). Was in charge of the remarkable 6-6 Capital One Cup draw between Dagenham and Redbridge and Brentford in midweek.

Hill has issued six cautions in his first two fixtures of the season, while in 2013-14 he handed out 47 bookings and showed red three times in 12 matches.

He officiated just one Town match last season - the 5-1 home win over Yeovil Town at the back end of December.

Tom says

"A trip to a side recently relegated from the Premier League represents a difficult task for Town, but both caretaker boss Mark Lillis and his charges are under no illusions about the Bluebirds' strengths.

"Town will have to use the encouraging midweek performance and result to their advantage and approach the game with confidence, because they do have the weapons to hurt the hosts.

"Wells will hope to exploit the central defensive duo of Mark Hudson and Matthew Connolly's lack of pace and will hopefully be riding on the crest of a wave after his hat-trick against the Spireites, while Butterfield and Coady can form a solid midfield axis.

"I do fear the home side's firepower will be too strong for Town's defence but I expect to see a much more committed display than last week's abject showing and believe Town will nick a goal. 3-1."