Huddersfield: What To Expect
We get all the info on Wednesday's opponents.
Blues fans may not be hugely familiar Everton's Carling Cup opponents Huddersfield Town.
The League One outfit visit Goodison on Wednesday night and although not packed with household names, thet are seen as a side going places.
The Terriers do count a couple of familiar faces in their line-up and their manager is developing a reputation as an up-and-coming talent.
To find out more about them, we quizzed Doug Turner of the Huddersfield Examiner.
What was Huddersfield's reaction to drawing Everton?
Very pleased. They would obviously have preferred a home draw, but a trip to Goodison is a great prospect for both players and fans. We haven't been since 1998, and 1971 before that, and it's within easy travelling distance. Given the number of long trips in League One, that's a bonus.
What is the expectation of the team from this game?
They'll realise the size of the task but will clearly go with the aim of pulling off a shock. Town knocked Birmingham out of the FA Cup back in 2008, and while the team has changed greatly, it's well remembered by the fans and shows upsets can happen. Town also gave a good account of themselves at Newcastle in the Carling Cup last season, when they led before eventually going down 4-3, so that will provide some confidence.
How has the season gone so far?
It's been mixed. Town looked very convincing in winning 3-0 at Notts County on the opening day, less so in beating Carlisle 1-0 in Brunton Park in the first round of the Carling. The only home game so far, against Tranmere, finished goalless, Town being unable to break through some resolute defending. Then on Saturday, they led 2-0 at Peterborough before losing 4-2. It was strange that they had kept three clean sheets up to then! It's a new-look side, with Lee Clark bringing in nine new signings so far, so the gelling process is ongoing.
Which players should we look out for?
There's no doubt Town have some talented operators. Scott Arfield, signed from Falkirk, has impressed in a number of different positions, central midfield being his preferred option. Icelander Joey Gudjonsson has also been impressive in midfield. Gary Roberts and Anthony Pilkington provide threat from out wide while at the back, Liverpudlian full-back Lee Peltier and young goalkeeper goalkeeper Alex Smithies are highly rated. Up front, Lee Novak, signed from Gateshead and impressive in his first senior campaign last season, is a non-stop worker and a real fans' favourite.
How highly do you rate Jordan Rhodes?
Very. Ipswich fans were up in arms when Roy Keane accepted Town's offer and you can see why. He netted 23 goals last season and already has three this time around. He's level-headed and keen to learn and at 20, should get better still.