Huddersfield Town return to the John Smith's Stadium to host Brentford this weekend as they look to arrest a four-match winless run after last week's disappointing 1-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.

It will be the first time since 2012 that the two sides have faced each other, with Town coming out on top in three of the last four encounters, the last of which was a 3-2 home win.

And manager Chris Powell will hope to evoke a similar vein of form in this fixture for a tough-looking contest against a side who won each of their five matches in November to move into the top three.

But what are the key questions for Town ahead of this weekend's game against the high-flying Bees?

Here are just some things to think about as the Terriers look to get back to winning ways.

In pictures: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Huddersfield Town

 

Will home form see Town over the line?

On the road, Town's struggles have been laid bare by a succession of results which reads one win, two draws and four defeats since Powell took the reins.

At home, however, it has been a slightly different story, with Town now unbeaten in six games at the John Smith's Stadium and they have only fallen to defeat domestically twice all season.

The first of - a 4-0 opening day humbling at the hands of Bournemouth - hardly requires an introduction, while the second came in Powell's first game in charge amid mitigating circumstances as young Tommy Smith foolishly handed Middlesbrough a penalty to pilfer a last-gasp win.

Given Town's well-documented defensive travails, it has also been refreshing to see the Terriers notch back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season and the home comforts of Huddersfield have accounted for three of the four clean sheets kept in total this season.

Brentford arrive in red-hot form and with ambitions of gatecrashing the top two having already stormed their way into the play-off berths, but Town can at least feel confident in the fact they will host the match in front of what is sure to be a raucous home crowd.

Huddersfield Town home form under Chris Powell

11

Goals for

6

Goals against

3

Clean sheets

Will Town's injury problems ease before the weekend?

The manager has already indicated his squad is still relatively threadbare in comparison to some of the big hitters in this division and a crippling injury crisis has hardly helped matters.

To add to the injuries of Joe Murphy and Harry Bunn - both of whom were ruled out of the defeat at Bolton - knocks and niggles for Joel Lynch and Sean Scannell have left Powell with some serious selection problems, but for all the wrong reasons.

With Lynch out, Town's central defensive options are realistically reduced to two given Anthony Gerrard's peripheral role at the club so far this campaign.

The absence of Scannell may be more keenly felt and places an emphasis on the returning Joe Lolley to come in and replicate the No.7's wing play or it could result in a change of formation for the Terriers.

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Should the supporting cast come in to play a more telling role?

Lolley is just one of a cluster of first-teamers currently on the fringes and hoping to stake a claim for a more regular role in the side, with his own season more frustrating than most.

He has endured a series of niggling injuries which have stalled his progress in a first full season at this level for the former Kidderminster Harriers man, but he is not the only member of the supporting cast who will have designs on coming in and making an impact.

Lee Peltier has been unable to convince of his worth ahead of Tommy Smith, but with Town breached again on Saturday, could he be considered to come into the side?

Likewise, does Radoslaw Majewski deserve a chance to show Powell what he has to offer this weekend? The likes of Paul Dixon and Jonathan Hogg may also feel entitled to a spot in the side after poor showings from Jack Robinson and Diego Poyet last time out.