Under 24 hours to go until Huddersfield Town kick off against Bristol City, looking for a second win on the spin.

Four games into the David Wagner reign, players are noticeably fitter and the new pressing style is winning friends in the stands and across the media.

However, the new boss is in the business of points not plaudits. His first three were well-deserved against Birmingham last time out but came at a price - the loss of Dean Whitehead for the next 6-8 weeks.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday afternoon's clash.

Kick off

Saturday 12 December, 3pm, John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield


Jeremy Simpson

Team News

Huddersfield Town: Dean Whitehead is unavailable and will continue to be out throughout the Christmas period after picking up a bad injury against Birmingham.

Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town (0) v Middlesbrough (2) - Dean Whitehead.

Elliott Ward is back with Town but not yet fit enough after injury to be considered for the weekend, and the same applies to fellow defender Joel Lynch. Philip Billing continues on the sidelines.

However, everyone else is fit and ready to be considered for selection.

Bristol City: Nathan Baker is suspended after his red card against Blackburn Rovers, but Marlon Pack is available after serving a one game ban.

Manager's notes

David Wagner: “The key points are clear and we call it Terriers identity, which has created in the last four weeks. We look for passion, full-throttle football, playing on the ground (as opposed to an aerial game), being very good in creating reactive pressure and having a good transition game.

“All the squad have these points in mind, and we have to develop them and bring them to the pitch for the full 90 minutes.

“I think the Terriers name is perfect, because they are what we want to be like."

Town's head coach David Wagner says hard work will pay off

Steve Cotterill: "I don't think we can be a counter-attacking team. Counter-attacking teams have to be clinical and I don't think we are clinical. We need chances to score.

"You have to have courage to try and beat the press. It's only the first bit of the press you have to play through. Once you've done that, the press is no longer on.

"You need to be confident and accurate in your passing to get through it and, sometimes, that requires players to take a risk."

Betting Latest

A Huddersfield Town victory is the most popular bet this weekend, available at 13/10. Bristol City are 13/5 to win while the draw is 12/5.

In terms of a first goalscorer bet, you can back Nahki Wells at 6/1 with Bet Victor, Emyr Huws at 19/2, or Sean Scannell - who is in red-hot form at the moment - is 10/1 to net first or 4/1 to strike any time.

If you fancy a few chewed fingernails, get 15/2 on a 1-0 Town win.

The Last Time

Sean Scannell was the hero of the hour in November 2012, scoring the only goal of the game just before the break. Alex Smithies also added to his growing reputation with a super save from Stephen McManus in added time to preserve victory.

Form Guide

Huddersfield's last five:

Dec 5 (a) BIRMINGHAM W 2-0

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

Bristol City's last five:

Dec 5 (h) BLACKBURN L 0-2

Nov 28 (a) ROTHERHAM L 0-3

Nov 21 (h) HULL CITY D 1-1

Nov 7 (a) BOLTON D 0-0

Nov 3 (h) WOLVES W 1-0

Match Facts

Huddersfield are unbeaten in four league meetings with Bristol City (W3 D1).

Bristol City have recorded just one win in their previous eight visits to play the Terriers (D2 L5).

Huddersfield have lost their last three home league games; they’ve not lost four in a row since September 2000 (a run of seven matches).

The Robins’ last clean sheet away to Huddersfield came in October 1988, conceding in the eight matches against them since.

The Terriers have failed to score in their last two home matches; they last went three in a row without a goal in January 2006.

Bristol City have won one away match in the Championship this season (D4 L4), failing to score in their last three.

Further Reading

David Wagner says Terriers nickname is perfect for his Huddersfield Town side as they look to build with second successive win against Bristol City

Huddersfield Town v Bristol City: Scannell a good bet for a goal and more to look out for this weekend

David Wagner: Huddersfield Town preparations for clash with Bristol City

Harry Bunn's all-round game flourishing in supporting role

Huddersfield Town have victory over Bristol City firmly in their sights says Sean Scannell

Why Jonathan Hogg is Dean Whitehead's natural successor over the Christmas period

Why David Wagner has made such a big impact at Huddersfield Town by Skybet chief Dale Tempest

Key battles: Heat is on for Nahki Wells against Aden Flint as Huddersfield Town take on Bristol City