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Heading into the third matchday, both Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City are still trying for their first victories of the Premier League season.

The search continues Saturday when these sides meet at John Smith's Stadium.

A year ago, Huddersfield Town (0-0-2) opened their first Premier League season with back-to-back victories whilst outscoring Crystal Palace and Newcastle 4-0. It's been a much different and frustrating story to begin the 2018-19 campaign for the Terriers.

They fell 3-0 at home against Chelsea to kick-off the season, then were blasted 6-1 at Manchester City last week as the reigning champions put on a display of utter dominance. Huddersfield have registered just 11 shots over both contests with only one on target in each.

"We are disappointed," manager David Wagner told HTTV. "We can leave these results behind us now. We expected more, but we have two defeats. Now the season starts against Cardiff in front of our own fans."

Huddersfield, however, can take solace in knowing they haven't been blanked in both games, as Jon Gorenc-Stankovic scored in the 43rd minute at the Etihad to give them something positive to build on.

They are also expected to get midfielder Aaron Mooy back after he missed the City game. Fellow midfielder Jonathan Hogg and defender Mathias Zanka also have a chance to return after missing last week's match.

"We've got to move on, stick together and be positive - the whole club," midfielder Philip Billing told Hudderfield's official website. "We've got to go into the next game, play our own game, play how we normally play and get points out of that game. We have to stay positive."

Cardiff, meanwhile, have at least one point to show for their effort in the early stages of this top-flight campaign. Back in the Premier League for the first time since the 2013-14 season, Cardiff opened with a 2-0 loss at Bournemouth, then returned home for a goalless draw with Newcastle.

The Bluebirds have totaled 23 shots through their two games, but only two have been on target as they continue the search for that elusive first goal of the season. They also dodged a bullet against Newcastle with Kenedy missing a penalty attempt in second-half stoppage time.

Cardiff, at least, have shown the early ability to be competitive at this level.

"The most important thing is getting points this season however we manage it," midfielder Harry Arter told Cardiff's official website. "As a newly promoted team, the first point is always the most difficult. The fashion that we got our first point in the end made it feel that much better, and it felt like all three in the end."

Huddersfield and Cardiff have been regular opponents in the Championship, with the Bluebirds the better of the two sides of late. Cardiff are 7-2-0 in the last nine meetings with the Town and have won four in a row overall. They are 2-2-0 in the last four at John Smith's - recording three clean sheets during that road span.

Updated August 23, 2018

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