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Fit-again Miller is Huddersfield’s biggest threat against former club Forest

23 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Fit-again Miller is Huddersfield’s biggest threat against former club Forest

A third consecutive win will be enough for the in-form Terriers to overtake Thursday's opponents in the Championship league table

Beware of the ex-player.

Nottingham Forest supporters were probably unconcerned last summer when Ishmael Miller left the club after an inglorious three-year spell comprised of just 25 Championship appearances and three goals.

A paltry return for a player who cost more than £1m, certainly, but also understandable considering the striker continued to be afflicted by the injuries that had dogged him ever since he first injured his cruciate ligament in 2008.

But after a couple of loan spells and a season at Blackpool, the nomadic Miller appears settled at Huddersfield, who he joined in February.

And even though the Manchester City academy graduate is yet to score this season, he is fit again and featured in all nine of his club’s matches.

Miller will be the main threat when the Yorkshire club welcome the two-time European Cup winners to the John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday, especially in the absence of forward Jamie Paterson, who is ineligible to face his parent side.

The pace and power that helped propel West Brom to the Premier League eight years ago is returning and the 28-year-old is 10/1 to score first in a Huddersfield win.

Huddersfield have recorded back-to-back victories – their only two wins in the Championship this season.

Those much-needed six points have lifted the Terriers to 13th in the table, one place and two points below Forest.

Chris Powell’s side, who won both leagues games against Thursday’s opponents last season without conceding, are 6/4 to leapfrog them by making it three successive wins.

But Dougie Freedman’s team have reasons to be optimistic.

Despite being beaten by promotion-chasing Middlesbrough at the weekend, they did win their previous two matches – both away from home.

The hosts, meanwhile, are only one of three teams in the division yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

That will give the Reds further belief and they are 15/8 to claim another three points on the road.

The performance of captain Henry Lansbury, as ever, will be crucial to their chances.

Only two players in the Championship have created more opportunities (24) than Lansbury, who is 8/1 to score in a Forest win.

But Forest will have to contain the fit-again Miller if that is to happen.

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