Huddersfield Town face a stern test in their bid to bounce back from the FA Cup defeat at home to Reading this weekend, as promotion-chasing Watford roll into town.

Chris Powell faces selection issues, with Jonathan Hogg suspended following his late dismissal in the 1-0 reverse to the Royals while Murray Wallace is likely to miss out due to a hamstring injury that forced him to come off at half-time in that defeat.

Powell could be boosted, however, by the return of Joel Lynch at the back and he could come in to replace Wallace, while Jacob Butterfield and Sean Scannell can expect recalls after being named on the bench last time out.

We asked Town fans who would be in their starting XI for this weekend's clash and our panel of writers have also had their say.

See who the supporters chose and compare it to the selections of Sports Editor Mel Booth, Huddersfield Town writer Doug Thomson and online writer Tom Marshall-Bailey below.

Mel Booth

With Hogg suspended I would go 4-4-2 with Joe Lolley playing on the right of midfield and Scannell on the left.

Lolley looks fresh and eager to impress and that fits right now, as I believe our best form of defence is to attack.

I would also go with the pace and turning ability of Nahki Wells and Harry Bunn up front and play the ball in behind the Watford defence as often as possible (witness Hogg's pass to Wells for the winner against Bolton).

I feel Town have been playing in front of the opposition back line too much of late and need to get the ball behind them, making defenders face their own goal.

A high tempo would be vitally important and the widemen would have to work hard to live up to their defensive duties.

I feel the combinations of Paul Dixon and Scannell on the left and Tommy Smith and Lolley on the right can help the central duo, not only in defence but in providing a ready outlet when in possession.

I'm assuming Lynch will be fit, and I think he and Hudson have looked a comfortable partnership at times this season in the centre of defence.

I'm keeping James Vaughan in reserve for an 'impact factor' and I would have no problem with naming a younger or two on the bench - maybe Philip Billing from the Under 21s or even Regan Booty from the Under 18s.

Mel's starting XI: Smithies; Smith, Hudson, Lynch, Dixon; Lolley, Butterfield, Coady, Scannell; Wells, Bunn.

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Doug Thomson

Midfielder Hogg’s suspension, combined with doubts over the availability of centre-backs Wallace and Lynch, mean changes must be made against Watford.

The visitors have tended to go 3-5-2, so I would go the same way, with Smith, Hudson and Gerrard as the centre-backs and Scannell and Robinson wide out.

I would ask Smith to put in a real shift by pushing out to become a right-back when required, allowing Scannell more leeway attacking-wise.

Butterfield and Conor Coady would be my midfield anchors, with Bunn playing in behind Vaughan and Wells.

The frontline partnership might not have fired against Reading in the FA Cup.

But they are both proven scorers, and their partnership will never develop without minutes in tandem out on the pitch.

It’s also crucial that Town start the game with gusto – and get right in Watford’s faces giving them as little time on the ball as possible.

Doug's starting XI: Smithies; Smith, Hudson, Gerrard; Scannell, Butterfield, Coady, Robinson; Bunn; Wells, Vaughan.

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Tom Marshall-Bailey

It's imperative Powell strikes the right balance between defence and attack this weekend against a star-studded forward line for the visitors.

Town have not kept a clean sheet in seven games, stretching back to the dull derby stalemate against Sheffield Wednesday and so I believe there must be a contingency plan towards stopping the away side from running riot, which they are capable of.

Slavisa Jokanovic's side are the fourth highest goalscorers in the division and put four past Town earlier this season, so I believe a replacement for the banned Hogg must be included and I have opted for Lee Peltier.

I believe he is the most naturally suited to the role in front of the backline and it would allow the likes of Coady and Butterfield more freedom to get forward and contribute in attack, as well as stopping the Hornets from outnumbering Town in midfield.

The 3-5-2 formation is born out of a desire to directly match Watford up and I think the possible return of Lynch after a six-week spell on the sidelines could be crucial for Town, because he would offer a balance to the defence being left-footed.

While a solid defensive showing will be central to Town's hopes of securing a result, they will also have to show more of an attacking edge to their play as it has been sorely lacking in recent weeks.

And that's why I have decided to keep faith with Wells and Vaughan up front despite failing to find the net last time out.

It is important for Town to have a twin threat at the top end of the field and the formation can easily switch into a 4-3-3 if Jack Robinson drops back and Scannell and Wells push up alongside Vaughan, so there are various options for the manager to explore within the match.

Tom's starting XI: Smithies; Smith, Hudson, Lynch; Scannell, Butterfield, Coady, Peltier, Robinson; Wells, Vaughan.

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The fans

Terriers supporters have been vocal in their disappointment at last week's showing, as Town failed to post a single shot on target in a meek surrender to Steve Clarke's Reading side.

And their desire to see a return to the free-flowing, attacking football which embellished the early stages of Powell's reign is reflected in their team selection, which is set up in a bold 4-4-2 shape.

It features four changes, with Lynch returning ahead of Wallace, while Scannell and Butterfield are brought back in from the start.

The most intriguing alteration is that of Joe Lolley, who is preferred to Harry Bunn on the left as fans look for a quickfire start against the Hornets with two attacking widemen.

The fans' starting XI: Smithies; Smith, Hudson, Lynch, Robinson; Scannell, Butterfield, Coady, Lolley; Wells, Vaughan.

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