The Terriers will be hoping to right the wrongs of last weekend’s horror show at AFC Bournemouth and conjure up an upset in the mould of the historic victory over City’s arch rivals Manchester United .
During today's press conference, expect Wagner to be challenged on his tactical approach to the game and whether he will abandon his pressing philosophy to prevent City from running riot at the John Smith's Stadium .
Tom Harle will be bring you all the latest news via this LIVE Blog with Blake Welton and Molly Burke at Canalside to ask the all important questions.
Well that’s it from today’s LIVE Blog from PPG Canalside ahead of Huddersfield Town’s clash at home to Manchester City on Sunday (kick-off 4pm).
Check out our initial piece from the press conference on Town stretching their performance levels for the encounter and continue to check the Examiner website for all the latest Town-related news.
What did we learn?
Here are our takeaways from the media briefing:
- Best in world: Wagner labelled Man City the best team in Europe and on the planet. Debatable perhaps, but the German is under no illusion as to the scale of the task. He clearly admires Pep Guardiola’s work with the runaway leaders.
- Returnees: Philip Billing, Jan Gorenc Stankovic and Michael Hefele have all returned to light training, with the latter two only a couple of weeks away from action. None available for City.
- Palmer: Kasey Palmer back in full training, will be closely monitored ahead of a first-team return.
- Lolley: Joe Lolley has impressed the Terriers boss and could be in line for a call-up.
- Fans: Wagner feels the home support can be his side’s “small advantage” on Sunday.
That's a wrap
That’s it from Canalside, then. Hope you enjoyed following our updates.
Both David Wagner and Tommy Smith admitted the scale of challenge Town face on Sunday, but also expressed their excitement ahead of the big fixture. Should be a memorable occasion for the club.
Skipper clears up Mounie rumours
When put to him by Examiner football writer Blake Welton, Tommy Smith expressed his surprise at online rumours of a bust-up with record signing Steve Mounie.
We need to talk about Kevin
If you can’t get excited to face players like Kevin De Bruyne, you’re in the wrong game
We’ll ask you again at 6pm on Sunday, skipper...
Town kids are alright
As we hear from a senior player, Ireland youth international Danny Kane has put Town Under-21’s in front just after the break against Bristol City
Smith: I welcome competition
Florent Hadergjonaj deputised at right-back on the South Coast, with Smith now determined to work to win back his spot. He admits while it’s never nice to sit on the bench, competition for places is positive.
It’s clear Wagner has been working on a specific strategy with his players this week, don’t be surprised to see a midfield with ‘three number sixes’ in it
Smith: "Will always have an affinity for City"
Tommy acknowledges he will always have a special feeling for Man City but no question of split loyalties when Sunday comes around. He’s built up a real bond with the club and fans over the last five years.
The skipper speaks as, of course, a former Man City player
That’s from the boss for this week.
While we wait for Tommy Smith, HERE is our story on what Wagner wants from his players on Sunday.
A recurring theme of Wagner’s briefings, he asserts his side were brave in one but not in the other of their meetings with the Premier League’s elite
No bitter taste from Cherries loss
The Terriers chief won’t be drawn into talk of wanting a reaction from his players after the Bournemouth loss. Clearly he’s still aggrieved by decisions made in the first-half out of his team’s control.
For us the game on Sunday is more exciting than the cup game last season
Wagner, when asked about last season’s fifth-round cup tie.
After his return to action for the Under-23’s against Barnsley, Kasey Palmer will be monitored and reintegrated into first-team action, Wagner reveals.
Jonathan Hogg said a few weeks back Town lack natural leaders, so Wagner understandably pleased to have Schindler back.
"Our small advantage"
You Terriers fans could make all the difference at the weekend, if you ask the boss.
Apart from the news around long-term absentees, Town have no fresh injury concerns ahead of City. Wagner describes return of Schindler and Hogg as a ‘real boost’.
With a trip to Arsenal on Wednesday, it’s a tough-looking week for the Terriers. Champions League have to wait for next year, Dave!
TEAM NEWS: Three return to training
None will be available for Sunday’s game but Philip Billing, Jon Gorenc Stankovic and Michael Hefele have all returned to training this week in a boost for Wagner.
Hefele and Stankovic will be “only two or three weeks away from re-joining the group,” according to the German.
Crowding them out
Town’s home support will, of course, play a huge role in motivating the team on Sunday and providing City with a hostile reception
Manchester City is the best team in the Premier League, in Europe and the World.
Wagner laying it on thick, but he could have a point. The unbeaten table-toppers look like football’s equivalent of the Death Star at the moment.
With the half-hour delay, Town have done a turn and helped refresh our Canalside correspondents.
Looks more like gravy to us! Hope that’s a hot chocolate...
Cott a shout
Maybe Town have given Tony Cottee some free tickets? Free hospitality? Or maybe he really thinks they can beat Man City!
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Aaron Mooy at number ten?
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