Huddersfield welcome Manchester City on Sunday at the John Smith’s Stadium in their first game since David Wagner’s departure.

The former German boss left the club by mutual consent after their shock FA Cup exit at Bristol City. They’ve won just two games all season in the top flight and sit nine points adrift of safety.

In the meantime, caretaker boss Mark Hudson will be without Aaron Mooy for a seventh successive game, whilst Danny Williams and Abdelhamid Sabiri remain long-term absentees. 

Here’s how they could lineup for Sunday’s clash.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Jonas Lossl

Jonas Lossl (GK) – Huddersfield’s number one, Lossl will be hopeful rather than expectant of a fourth clean sheet this season against the division’s highest scorers.

Florent Hadergjonaj (RWB) – Utilised in various roles under Wagner, it remains to be seen where he’ll line up in Mark Hudson’s sole game in charge, but right wing back seems a good shout.

Mathias Jorgensen (CB) – Astonishingly Town’s top scorer with three goals this campaign, the towering centre half is a huge threat from set piece situations. 

Christopher Schindler (CB) – A hero in their promotion from the Championship, Schindler’s experience will be vital going into arguably the most critical period in Huddersfield’s history.  

Terence Kongolo (CB) – The former Feyenoord starlet has impressed since his permanent move last summer, but must keep Manchester City marksmen Sergio Aguero at bay if his side are to gain anything from this game.

Erik Durm (LWB) – The former Dortmund man is likely to get the nod ahead of fellow defender Chris Lowe in a 5-3-2 set up. 

2. Midfielders

Philip Billing

Jonathan Hogg (CDM) – The experienced midfielder must maintain his discipline against his talented counterparts – having been dismissed against Cardiff back in August.

Jason Puncheon (CM) – Having made just 15 league appearances since the beginning of last season, the January signing from Crystal Palace will be raring for a second successive start.

Philip Billing (CM) – The Danish midfielder possesses a thunderous left foot, shown by the two goals to his name this campaign.

Alex Pritchard (CAM) – Journeyman Pritchard will be disappointed to have only netted once so far and, like his teammates, must contribute regularly if Huddersfield are to escape the dreaded drop.

3. Forwards

Laurent Depoitre

Laurent Depoitre (ST) – Scored six in his debut campaign but the Belgian is yet to open his account in a goal-shy attack alongside Steve Mounie. Depoitre is expected to play a lone role, but Hudson could throw in both to challenge the physical figureheads of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.

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