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Huddersfield Town v Leicester City

5th April 2019, 17:43 by Chris Rivers

Huddersfield play their first match since their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed when they host Leicester on Saturday.

The Terriers became only the second team in league history to lose their top-flight status in March, following in the footsteps of the Derby County in the 2007/08 season after last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

A return of four points from the last 57 available conspired to condemn the Yorkshire outfit to the Championship but they will stick by head coach Jan Siewert, the German revealing that he expects to start next season in the John Smith's Stadium dugout.

Huddersfield fans will hope to see their team play with a bit more freedom after their fate was confirmed with Town having only scored eight league goals at home all season.

Their hopes of adding to their goals for tally have been boosted by Laurent Depoitre and Isaac Mbenza returning to training, while Jason Puncheon is available having been ineligible to face his parent club in last week's loss at Crystal Palace.

However, Adama Diakhaby and Demeaco Duhaney have been ruled out due to hamstring and hip injuries respectively while Philip Billing and fellow midfielder Matty Daly are both classed as doubtful.

Defender Terence Kongolo is also a doubt after he picked up a knee problem in training this week.

Leicester head to West Yorkshire having hit their stride under Brendan Rodgers, winning their last three matches to move into the fight to finish 'best of the rest' behind the top six in the Premier League.

Seventh could be enough to qualify for Europe if Manchester City win the FA Cup and a fourth successive victory for the Foxes would see them move level on points with Wolves.

Rodgers says it is vital they end the season strongly just in case European football is on offer, insisting they'll be no let up from his side either way.

Leicester, who won the reverse fixture between the sides 3-1, have Harry Maguire back after he missed last Saturday's 2-0 win over Bournemouth through suspension.

Daniel Amartey and Marc Albrighton are the only injury absentees for the Foxes.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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