STARTING XIs: Nine changes for City at Huddersfield

Villarreal loanee Xavi Quintilla starts for Norwich at Huddersfield Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus I

Villarreal loanee Xavi Quintilla starts for Norwich at Huddersfield Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke has made nine changes to his starting XI for today’s Championship opener at Huddersfield, with three of Norwich City’s new players starting.

Left-back Xavi Quintilla, Tottenham loan midfielder Oliver Skipp and former Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell start.

Dowell and Christoph Zimmermann are the only players who started at Luton last Saturday, with the likes of Tim Krul, Max Aarons and Teemu Pukki all returning.

The Canaries welcome back the 13 players who were unavailable for last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Luton in the League Cup first round but are still without Emi Buendia as he completes his suspension.

Grant Hanley and Sam Byram are still recovering from injuries and youngster Josh Martin misses out with a calf injury, while Mo Leitner, Tom Trybull and Josip Drmic are looking for new clubs after being left out of Daniel Farke’s plans.


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The hosts started their season with a 1-0 home defeat to League One side Rochdale last Saturday in the League Cup.

The Terriers only finished three points above the relegation places in their first season since relegation from the Premier League and have brought in Carlos Corberan as manager, from Marcelo Bielsa’s coaching staff at Leeds.

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Huddersfield make four changes, with their big summer signing, striker Danny Ward, not involved but former Norwich players Alex Pritchard and Harry Toffolo both starting.

NORWICH (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann (C), Godfrey, Quintilla; Skipp, McLean; Dowell, Cantwell, Hernandez; Pukki. Subs: McGovern (GK), Gibson, Tettey, Rupp, Placheta, Hugill, Idah

HUDDERSFIELD (4-2-3-1): Hamer; Pipa, Stearman, Schindler (C), Toffolo; Jackson, Hogg; Bacuna, Pritchard, Diakhaby; Koroma. Subs: Pereira (GK), Mbenza, Campbell, Crichlow, Brown, Rowe, Edmonds-Green

REFEREE: Geoff Eltringham

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