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Will Huddersfield boss David Wagner mastermind victory over Pep Guardiola's Manchester City?
Last Updated: 26/11/17 10:44am
Will Huddersfield boss David Wagner mastermind victory over Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on Super Sunday? We evaluate Wagner's colossal task...
Ahead of Huddersfield v Manchester City live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday, we reveal the disparity between the two clubs as the Terriers prepare to host Pep Guardiola's free-scoring juggernauts.
We have looked at the clubs' current squad costs, their league positions over the last 50 years, total all-time honours, average attendances, form and current global support to quantify the difference between the teams...
In total, Manchester City's current first-team squad is the most expensive in the Premier League with a staggering £654.5m price tag.
In stark contrast, Huddersfield have assembled their squad for a league-low £50m - meaning City's team cost 13 times more than their upcoming opponents.
The most expensive player to take the field will be Kevin De Bruyne at £54.5m, while Huddersfield's most expensive player is Steve Mounie at £11.4m - nearly 23 per cent of the club's entire squad cost.
According to the Sky Sports Ultimate League, Manchester City have been the seventh most successful team in the league over the last 50 years with an average position of 13.38, while Huddersfield rank 45th with an average of 47.46.
The Terriers have finished above City during two campaigns over the last half a century in 1997/98 and 1998/99, when City slipped into England's third tier for one season.
This season, City are undefeated and sit eight points clear of neighbours United atop the table, having scored a remarkable 40 goals.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield have started their maiden Premier League campaign with four wins from their opening 12 fixtures and occupy 10th spot in the table.
Both sides have modest trophy cabinets compared with other top-flight powerhouse clubs such as Manchester United and Liverpool, but City, unsurprisingly, also win this category by 14-4.
City have claimed two Premier League crowns since 2012 and also won titles in 1967/68 and 1936/37, in addition to lifting five FA Cups, four League Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1969/70.
Huddersfield have not won a top-flight title for 90 years, having finished three successive seasons as champions between 1924 and 1926 after winning the FA Cup in 1922.
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City have been filling the 55,097-capacity Etihad with an average attendance of 53,223 this term, while Huddersfield have reached a record 24,095 at the John Smith's Stadium - only 74 shy of its maximum capacity, according to worldfootball.net.
Over the last five years, City have typically had a home crowd three times the size than their upcoming hosts, with a 50,117 attendance, compared with just 16,646 at Huddersfield.
Besides dominating the Premier League after 12 games, City's players have also excelled in the stats with four players currently occupying top-10 positions in the Power Rankings' season chart, including Kevin De Bruyne (No 1), Leroy Sane (No 4), Fernandinho (No 6) and David Silva (No 10).
Huddersfield's top-ranked player is Australia international Aaron Mooy (No 24), followed by centre-back Christopher Schindler (No 59). Overall, City have a league-topping 265,898 points - more than twice the total of Huddersfield's 124,956.
The greatest disparity between the two clubs is the size of their respective global support.
Pep Guardiola's side have 39m followers on Facebook (27.9m), Twitter (5.3m) and Instagram (5.7m) - 134 times more than Huddersfield's 289,000 fans, according to sports index company Brandtix.
So will Wagner overcome Guardiola's free-scoring juggernauts at the John Smith's Stadium? Watch Huddersfield v Manchester City live on Sky Sports Premier League from 3.30pm on Sunday.
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