Everything regarding statistics of the two teams and how their respective seasons are panning out so far surely point to the makings of an almost certain Newcastle victory.
However, at times, complacency in situations like this have been our biggest flaw but if we play as well as we usually do against the bigger teams in the Premier League, the Terriers should pose little threat to going back to Yorkshire on Saturday evening with any points.
New manager, Jan Siewart faces a huge battle to keep Huddersfield in the Premier League as he awaits his first win at the club. The Terriers, following their defeat to Arsenal last time out, now need an average of over a point per game to have any chance of staying up. Currently stranded on 11 points, they are 14 points adrift of safety and are eight goals off the second lowest goalscorers in the league which is ourselves.
On that basis, it could be that one goal could be all that will separate the two sides on Saturday as has been the case on the previous three meetings between the two sides. Back in December, Salomon Rondon rounded off a superb team move to score the second half winner at the Kirklees Stadium. In addition to Huddersfield's woes going into the game, they have only won once in their last 13 matches at St. James Park, a run dating back to October 1953.
The past three matches between the two sides have finished 1-0. Rondon scored the winner in the reverse fixture in December. 1 win in the last 13 for Huddersfield at St. James' Park, a run going back to October 1953.
Facts and Figures
Newcastle wins: 28
Huddersfield wins: 22
Newcastle wins: 21
Huddersfield wins: 17
Top flight at St. James' Park
Newcastle wins: 10
Huddersfield wins: 8
Previous ten (all competitions)
Newcastle wins: 5 (17 goals)
Huddersfield wins: 2 (11 goals)
Biggest win: Newcastle United 6 - 0 Huddersfield (06/09/1950)
Biggest defeat: Newcastle United 0 - 4 Huddersfield (01/10/1932)
Newcastle United 4 - 3 Huddersfield - 26/08/2009 (League Cup 2nd Round)
Tim Krul: It was a home debut for the young Dutch goalkeeper. He made his full debut in spectacular style back in November 2006 against Palermo in the UEFA Cup but loan spells and performances from Shay Given and Steve Harper kept him out of the side before he became the regular goalkeeper from the start of the 2011/12 season.
Geremi: The former Real Madrid and Cameroon international scored what became his last Newcastle goal as he pulled a goal back early in the second half a minute after Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes put Huddersfield 3-1 ahead. In Shay Given's recent autobiography, he was far from complimentary of Geremi and his attitude typified everything that went wrong on the pitch for the club as relegation occurred in 2009. The book is a good read, I certainly recommend.
Nicky Butt: This was just the start of what became a difficult season for Nicky Butt as he battled against injuries and, on the occasion when he was match fit, he struggled to compete with the consistent performances from Danny Guthrie and Alan Smith in the central midfield position. In this match, Butt was substituted at half time for Shola Ameobi who scored the equalising goal for 3-3 in the 64th minute and provided the assist for Nolan to score the winner.
Danny Guthrie: The midfielder opened the scoring after 36 minutes from just outside the box into the bottom corner. The young midfielder had a great season under Chris Hughton and he scored a total of five goals along the way in all competitions.
Kazenga Lua Lua:
Kevin Nolan: Scored the winner 6 minutes from time with a header from close range to complete an excellent comeback. The winner meant that it was the first time Newcastle had won a match after going two goals down for the first time since October 2003 away at Fulham and the first at home since beating Leicester 4-3 in February 1997 when Alan Shearer scored a 13-minute hat-trick to steal all three points from the Foxes.