HUDDERSFIELD TOWN  V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS - 27 AUGUST 2015 - 15:00 KO.

PREVIEW

Are you ready to see the league leaders in action? Not Wolves of course, no just little old Huddersfield Town. It's 17 years since Town last topped the second tier of English football when they led the pack at Christmas ahead of the likes of Manchester City. All Town fans know what happened after that, a horrific slump and the sale of Marcus Stewart.

That of course was before the transfer window actually existed and as next Wednesday approaches it seems that Town won't be doing much business. That to some, myself included, is a major worry especially with only two strikers on the books.

One of those, Nahki Wells, appears to be subject of a bid from Aston Villa, the side who have already forked out a significant fee for Ross McCormack.

Meanwhile the talented midfielder Kyle Dempsey looks set to leave the club on loan. It's been struggle for the youngster after his move from Carlisle as Chris Powell rarely gave him a sniff and David Wagner has used him as a utility man - including a less than promising experiment as a full back. 

The signing of versatile full-back Taeriq Holmes-Dennis may also pave the way for Martin Cranie to leave the club either permanently or on loan. Cranie now fifth choice centre-back and not especially comfortable playing the right-back role required in David Wagner's 4-2-3-1 system.

Meanwhile, over in the midlands; Wolves are benefiting from a hefty wad of cash courtesy of the Fosun Group. The Chinese backers have already made an impression on the club evicting long time landlord Kenny Jackett, replacing him with Walter Zenga who seemingly has given the club a new lease of life.

The involvement of super agent Jorge Mendes is also making a mark on Wolves, with three players joining from Benfica on loan and Mendes' mate Jose Mourinho lending the club Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Beware of the super agent though. Mendes has notoriously left Besiktas and Valencia in a mess following his involvement at those clubs, the super agent has no loyalty to any club and is only interested in lining his pockets and his clients. The Wolves twitterati who thinks the sun shines out of his arse should watch on suspiciously. 

After all a perfect example of what happens when a super agent gets involved is Blackburn. Super agents Jerome Anderson and Pini Zahavi have both been involved and the Lancashire side are currently in an absolute mess, mind you much can't be said of their owners and it seems from afar that the Fosun Group aren't anywhere near as bonkers as the Venky's.

Wolves will be tough opposition for Town after taking four points from losing positions already this season and are of the handful of clubs left who are unbeaten in the Championship. However, a Town substitute has scored in every game this season, the options off the bench and our supreme fitness will make this a tantalising fixture.

THE SIDES

Town are nearly back to full strength will Ivan Paurevic getting some minutes in the under 23's as he catches up on missing some of pre-season. Phillip Billing and Harry Bunn may also come into contention but given Wagner's high requirement on fitness, they are most likely to return after the international break.

Jonathan Hogg should return to the starting line up after coming off the bench to score only his third career goal last weekend. The former Watford man has been the driving force in midfield alongside Aaron Mooy this season.

Wolves on the other hand are missing their comic genius and midfielder Lee Evans. Talented striker Nouha Dicko is unlikely to be fit to play any involvement and defenders Mike Williamson and Silvio won't be available this weekend.

New signing Paul Gladon who arrived from Holland yesterday may feature though after his move from Heracles.

PREDICTION

Wolves don't have a great record at the John Smith's and with another bumper crowd expected and with Town limiting the away numbers due to initial poor sales by Wolves, the atmosphere just might be telling.

However, Wolves are in great nick and I can see them coming away with a point. Town are also yet to keep a clean sheet this season so if you're a betting man backing both teams to score is the way forward. 1-1 is our guess.

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THE OPPOSITIONS VIEW

Richard Hobbs - Wolves Fancast

TC: Wolves are the latest club with not only foreign but Chinese investment. What is the feeling among the fans at the takeover and can Fosun International provide the stability and investment to take Wolves to the next level?

RH: We've gone from an owner with £500m to £10bn so the new capacity for investment is huge. So far the new owners have done nothing wrong and seem to be ambitious but realistic in how to achieve it. They appear not to be afraid of putting money where their mouth is, but aren't going to spend for the sake of spending. 

TC: Are there any concerns about the involvement of super agent Jorge Mendes? Especially given what happened over in Valencia where his influence was perhaps too great for the clubs good.

RH: There are some concerns. Mendes is a football agent, not a scout or coach. His capacity working with players doesn't necessarily mean he will be able to find player rights for this club as he obviously has other motives.

However, through him, with appear to have picked up some very good players from Benfica and also Cameron Borthwick Jackson from Manchester United, no doubt because Mendes works with Jose Mourinho.

If he can use his connections to bring talent into the team then who are we to complain, so long as he is not the sole decider on who joins the club

TC: Walter Zenga has had a good start to life in England. What does he bring to Wolves that differs from the sadly departed Kenny Jackett?

He has got the players believing in themselves again. Last year, we lack ideas and were afraid to be adventurous. Zenga hasn't really implemented a unique style, but players look more confident on the ball and willing to try to play the ball through different phases on the pitch.

TC: It seems to have been a good transfer window so far for Wolves. How would you asses the comings and goings and has Mendes already had the effect many expected?

Benfica's Costa and Teixeira look very technically gifted and only time will tell if they can keep up their efforts. Bodvarssson has come in up front and became an instant fan favourite due to his skill and work rate.

In terms of Mendes' influence, he has no doubt helped Teixeira and Costa from to sunny Wolverhampton. But there doesn't appear to be any association with Bodvarssson and he also got us to get Silvio from Athletico Madrid, who has played 50 games in four years due to injury. Unsurprisingly, he is currently on the sidelines. 

TC: Which Wolves players should Huddersfield fans worry about?

RH: Bodvarsson up front s perfectly suited to this league. Big and strong, but and technically astute and an eye for goal. George Saville has had a good start to the season and captain Danny Batth has had a new lease of life under Zenga

TC: Which Huddersfield players stands out to you? 

RH: We had Van La Parra for two seasons and its all set up for him to score against us after he couldn't find his scoring boots at Molineux.

Nakhi Wells will also give our defenders a lot to think about if he plays.

TC: What is your prediction?

RH: I'm feeling confident after recent results - 2-1 Wolves

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