Huddersfield Town are preparing to welcome Charlton Athletic to the John Smith's Stadium this afternoon as they return home for the first time since the opening-day disaster against Bournemouth.

Since that 4-0 defeat, which in turn led to Mark Robins' departure from the club, Town have secured progress to the second round of the Capital One Cup after a 5-3 win at Chesterfield and bounced back from a 3-1 defeat to Cardiff City to claim their first league points at Reading.

Town face a side who have defied expectations so far to sit fourth in the table with an impressive return of seven points from their opening three matches, including successive home wins over promotion hopefuls Wigan Athletic and Derby County.

And here is everything you need to know about the game as Town look to get back on track at home after the Cherries defeat.

Kick-off              

Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic (3pm)

The likely line-ups

Huddersfield Town (4-3-3): Smithies; Smith, Wallace, Lynch (capt), Dixon; Butterfield, Coady, Hogg; Scannell, Wells, Bunn.

Charlton Athletic (4-4-2): Pope; Gomez, Bikey, Ben-Haim, Wiggins; Gudmundsson, Buyens, Jackson (capt), Cousins; Tucudean, Vetokele.    

Team news

Huddersfield Town: Caretaker manager Mark Lillis is set to pick from the same squad that saw off Reading in midweek, with continued doubts over the availability of captain Lee Peltier and Joe Lolley while the match may come too soon for long-term calf injury victims Anthony Gerrard and James Vaughan.

Charlton Athletic: The Addicks are set to stick with Nick Pope in goal once more to deputise for the injured Stephen Henderson while young right-back Joe Gomez will also be offered the chance to prolong his run in the first-team as Chris Solly steps up his return from a knee complaint.

Ones to watch

Huddersfield Town: Harry Bunn - One of the most surprising selections on the teamsheet the other night but ultimately one of the most inspired as the striker was fielded on the left wing and caused Reading captain Chris Gunter continuous problems.

It is the first step towards cementing a first-team place for Bunn, who will hope to pick up where he left off at the Madejski Stadium and test Charlton's new-look backline.

Charlton Athletic: Joe Gomez - One member of that defensive unit is young Gomez, who has been thrust into the limelight in making his senior bow, but has coped admirably in the circumstances and helped the Addicks to their 3-2 success over Derby County in his first start.

He will come directly up against Bunn and may be more reserved as a result but he seems sound defensively and will ensure Bunn has to reproduce the form he showed up against Gunter.

What the bookies say

Town are ranked as the 23/20 favourites with Skybet for this one, which may have slightly failed to take into account Charlton's start to the season, with the Addicks priced at a generous 12/5 for the win.

The draw can be backed at 23/10, while the best top scorer odds fall once again to Nahki Wells from a Town perspective (5/1) and the south London outfit's new signing Igor Vetokele is tipped to add to his two league goals with another at the John Smith's at 13/2.

For a longer shot, Town's midweek goalscoring heroes Harry Bunn and Jacob Butterfield are priced at 8/1 and 16/1 respectively.

Last time they met

The last of the four meetings between these two sides last term proved to be the Addicks' sole win as they secured a 1-0 triumph at the John Smith's Stadium to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup courtesy of former Town loan striker Simon Church's winner.

Watch: Town reporter Doug Thomson on Town's latest meeting with the Addicks

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Match facts

Head-to-head

- These sides played each other four times in all competitions last season, with Huddersfield winning twice and Charlton once.

- Both sides have won two of the last four meetings at Huddersfield in all competitions.

Huddersfield Town

- The Terriers are searching for their first league win at home since beating Barnsley 5-0 at the beginning of March last season.

- Their last home victory against a team currently in the Championship was in a 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic in February when Adam Clayton struck a late winner.

Charlton Athletic

- Charlton have won successive games in the Championship, a feat they failed to do at all last season.

What the managers say 

Mark Lillis: "They’ve made quite a few changes, including the manager.

“I don’t know Bob Peeters personally, but we had a good look at his team.

“It will be a tough test, because they’ve won three on the bounce, but we’ve won two out of three, and morale is good.”

Bob Peeters: "Everybody favoured Wigan and Derby against us and we beat them.

"Things have changed, people look differently at us. It will interesting to see how we deal with that.

 "That is a new situation for the team.

"Huddersfield will be on top of their game to try to beat us as we are still unbeaten."

Man in the middle

Tim Richardson (West Sussex). It will be a first time in charge of Huddersfield Town for Richardson, who officiated Luton Town v Bury in midweek and he has also never taken charge of a match involving the Addicks.

He does have previous Championship experience, however, and issued a staggering 93 yellow cards and five red cards in just 30 games during 2013/2014.

Tom says

"The win at Reading was welcome both for its timing and the galvanising impact it has had on this Town side, who looked like a burden had been eased from their shoulders as they lapped up the applause from the supporters.

"It was an impressive win, one which should fill everyone associated with the club with an enormous sense of pride and a feeling of optimism that the opening day against Bournemouth was well and truly a one-off.

"On the flip side of that, you have Town's quite dire recent home record; they have won just three times there since the turn of the calendar year and that needs to be immediately addressed.

"It won't be easy against a Charlton side who have upset the odds to take their place amongst the early frontrunners but a point or better would set Town up nicely ahead of any prospective managerial appointment and the international break, regardless of the result at Watford.

"The win at Reading has probably bought the club some time in both on-field and off-field respects but I expect the Terriers to consolidate their midweek win with a hard-earned draw here. 2-2."