Chris Powell anticipates plenty of attacking football when Watford visit the John Smith’s Stadium.
The Huddersfield Town manager, who has a worry over Murray Wallace but could have his fellow centre-back Joel Lynch available as he bids to put the brakes on Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, is desperate to build on the 2-1 home win over Bolton Wanderers in his team’s last Championship game.
Watford, fifth to Town’s 18th, head North seeking a fourth win in five and a fourth straight away success in the league.
And Powell, who will be without his former Watford midfielder Jonathan Hogg through suspension, said: “They’ll give us a good test.
“I watched them play at Chelsea in the FA Cup last Sunday, and although they were beaten, they looked a strong and assured side.
“They have good players all over the pitch and I think they will come and attack.
“But we can attack too, and that’s what we plan to do.
“Our best performances have come against teams who have come here and taken an open approach.
“We struggled to get going when Birmingham, then Reading came and camped in, but I can’t see Watford doing that.”
Powell explained how denying Watford time and space will be crucial to his gameplan.
“Players like Troy Deeney, Matej Vydra and Fernando Forestieri like a bit of room to work in and are clever about creating it,” he added.
“We need to stay as tight as we can, work hard with and without the ball, and make sure we get into the right areas.”
“I think he has shown what a valuable and influential player he is,” said Powell.
“He has the energy to do not just his job, but help out others as well.
“He would have loved to have faced his former club, and we’ll welcome him back the following week, when we go to his hometown club Middlesbrough.”