Darren Moore takes charge of Huddersfield for the first time when the Terriers go to Coventry on Monday night.
Moore was appointed the new Town boss following Neil Warnock’s exit last week and he inherits a side who are down in 17th place in the Championship, although they are unbeaten in their last three games.
Coventry are also in the bottom half, two places below Monday’s opponents, having won just one of their first seven matches, so both sides will be looking for a victory on Monday to lift them up into mid-table.
Huddersfield will hope for a new manager bounce with Moore taking charge of his first game, but they actually come into this clash in good form anyway, with wins over West Brom and Rotherham and a draw with Stoke in Warnock’s last three games.
Moore memorably led Sheffield Wednesday to promotion last season via the League One play-offs before surprisingly leaving the Owls by mutual consent and he believes Warnock has left Town in good shape.
The new boss says “confidence should be good and the mentality should be right” in the squad following that three-game unbeaten run.
They face a Sky Blues side who have struggled to hit the heights of last season so far. Mark Robins’ men were only spot-kicks away from a sensational promotion to the Premier League when they lost to Luton in the play-off final but they have only managed one win so far in 2023/24, although they have drawn four times.
Their solitary victory came at home to Middlesbrough when they impressively triumphed 3-0, and they were competitive in their two defeats, losing 2-1 to Leicester and, last time out, 3-2 to Cardiff.
The draws with Sunderland, Watford, Swansea and Hull will have frustrated Robins but underline the ongoing strength of the teams in the second tier.
This is another big test for Coventry and, with Moore leading the visitors for the first time, they are fancied to edge what looks set to be a tight game.
This should be a lively encounter with plenty of action at both ends. Coventry have only failed to score in one of their seven games so far - a 0-0 draw with Sunderland - while Huddersfield have found the back of the net in five of their seven outings.
The hosts have been involved in a 3-3 draw with Watford recently and followed that up with the 3-2 defeat at Cardiff last week so, while winning matches has been an issue, scoring goals has not.
Matt Godden has been in great form for the Sky Blues up front with five league goals already to his name and he will again carry the main threat for the home side with the 32-year-old 13/8 to score anytime and 9/2 to score first on Monday.
Town have only managed eight goals in total this season, but there were good signs in Warnock’s final matches when they scored twice in three consecutive games.
Moore has a reputation as an attack-minded coach and his Wednesday side were the third-highest scorers in League One last season with 81 goals so he is expected to adopt a similar positive approach in the final third with his new club.
Coventry will be without defender Milan van Ewijk, who has suffered what Robins has described as a “significant tear in his quad”, so Joel Latibeaudiere is being tipped to start at right wing-back.
Meanwhile, Ben Sheaf, Fabio Tavares and Callum O'Hare are all still on the sidelines through injury for the hosts.
Town quartet Daniel Ward, Jonathan Hogg, Loick Ayina and Oliver Turton are all still unavailable and Moore is expected to make some changes for his first game in charge.
Jack Rudoni has managed two goals so far this season so should start, but Kian Harratt’s place in the line-up appears to be under threat with Delano Burgzorg pushing for a recall after he came off the bench at half-time against Stoke last time out.
Coventry have been draw specialists in the Championship so far this season, drawing four of their first seven games.
Sky Blues striker Matt Godden is the joint top-scorer in the division with five goals.
Huddersfield have had mixed results on the road this term, losing to Plymouth on the opening weekend before a draw with Middlesbrough was followed up by a 2-1 win at West Brom last week.