Leicester City's Anthony Knockaert can terrify Huddersfield Town again
Leicester City's Anthony Knockaert is likely to be giving Huddersfield nightmares ahead of their FA Cup clash tomorrow.
That's the view of team-mate David Nugent, who has seen the young Frenchman score four times in the two Championship encounters.
Knockaert produced two stunning individual strikes as City beat the Terriers 2-0 at the John Smith's Stadium, in October.
He then repeated the feat with another double on New Year's Day and set up two more as City hammered Huddersfield 6-1 at the King Power Stadium.
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The latest win is part of a dreadful run that has seen Huddersfield win only one game in the past seven, in the FA Cup third round.
They have not won in the Championship since November 10 – a run that saw manager ex-City player Simon Grayson sacked yesterday.
Academy boss Mark Lillis and development coach Steve Eyre will take charge for tomorrow's game.
Nugent believes Knockaert, who has scored seven times since joining City from French club Guingamp in the summer, has a psychological edge over the Terriers after his match-winning performances.
"Anthony has a great record against them and he likes playing against Huddersfield," he said.
"He has scored four in two against them and they will be worrying about that. It will probably be in their minds how good he is and that they know how good we are."
City boss Nigel Pearson acknowledged Knockaert has been in a thorn in Huddersfield's side, but said City carry other potent threats.
"Anthony has been very good in those games but the team has also played very well in the games we have played so far," he said.
"We are in good form and we want to continue the momentum on Saturday. We want to progress in the cup."
Huddersfield defender Jack Hunt said the Terriers owe City one for their humiliating defeat at the King Power Stadium.
"We can win and we'll certainly be using the game down there as motivation, because it was a horrible day," he said.
"Along with our League One play-off final defeat by Peterborough at Old Trafford, it ranks as my worst experience in the game.
"Leicester are a good side, but we can play far better than we have been doing, and we have a chance to go out and prove that."
City have sold out their 4,000 allocation for the game, which is not expected to be threatened by the recent wintry weather.
The John Smith's Stadium has undersoil heating and no disruption is expected from the heavy snowfall expected later tonight.