Our prediction for this Championship match:
Huddersfield Town and Blackpool square off against each other at Kirklees Stadium in the Championship round 24. The Terriers aim to build on a 3-2 win over Bristol City, with the team eyeing their seventh home triumph of the process. Danny Ward should continue to lead the line for the hosts despite failing to find the net in the last league match, while all Jonathan Hogg, Alex Vallejo, and Pipa are out of contention with injuries.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, defeated Peterborough 3-1 at the weekend, with the team putting an end to their three-game losing run. Blackpool produce much better showings at home than on the travels, and given Huddersfield’s fine home record, the visitors are unlikely to grab something from the Boxing Day clash. All Oliver Casey, Luke Garbutt, Kevin Stewart, Grant Ward, and Matty Virtue continue to miss out with injuries for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Danny Ward):
Daniel Ward is a goalkeeper who was born on 22 June, 1993 in Wrexham, Wales. The 191-cm-tall shoot-stopper is a product of Wrexham Academy, but he did not make his senior debut for the club. After spending the 2010/2011 season at Tamworth, Danny Ward returned to Wrexham and on 30 January, 2012 he joined Liverpool for a fee of £100,000.
He made just two league appearances for the Anfield outfit and in 2015 he signed a loan deal with Morecambe. On 23 June he signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool, but he was soon sent on loan to Aberdeen. He played 21 games for the Scottish outfit and on 11 July, 2016 he signed a season-long deal with Championship team Huddersfield Town.
Danny Ward has 4 caps for Wales U21 team and he made his senior debut for the Dragons in a friendly against Northern Ireland on 24 March, 2016. Ward represented his homeland at the 2016 European Championship finals in France as he started the game against Slovakia.
Highlighted Team (Blackpool):
Blackpool FC are a professional English club based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Considering that Blackpool is a seaside town, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Seasiders. Founded back in 1887, the club play their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which can hold up to 17,338 spectators. In the 2009/2010 season Blackpool secured promotion to the Premier League, but they were not competitive at this level, suffering relegation to the Championship the following season.
The club’s biggest success, though, came in 1953 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the FA Cup final. Blackpool are well known for their orange shirts, but the dominant colour of their away kit is white. Preston are considered the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the West Lancashire derby.
Charlie Adam, who played for Liverpool and has 26 caps for Scotland national team, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.