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Steve Evans explains why Leeds United fans must be guarded during Huddersfield Town match

Leeds United are set to host Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Manager Steve Evans has told Leeds United’s official site that supporters of his side must be on guard when Huddersfield Town visit Elland Road at the weekend.

Leeds are the favourites to beat their Yorkshire rivals, as they enter the match on an excellent run of form.

The Whites also ran out 3-0 victors over Huddersfield when the two sides met earlier in the season, but there has been a great deal of change at the Terriers since.

Huddersfield parted company with Chris Powell soon after that match, with David Wagner coming into replace the former Charlton Athletic man.

And Evans said: “That was comfortable in the end but this is different. People should be guarded. It’s a different Huddersfield Town coming here. It’s a derby where we’ll both claim to be favourites to win it.

“My recollections of Huddersfield are that we were 2-0 up at the interval and didn’t deserve to be. Antenucci scored a fantastic goal and made another for Chris Wood. “That set us on our way and we controlled the second half but it was perhaps not justified that we had a 2-0 lead at half-time. In football, things like that happen.

“They’re a different team, in personnel, shape and results. From that point of view we know they’ll be up for the game.

"They’ve got some good players for this level and their results up until the last one or two have shown that. It’ll be fiercely competitive, like all derbies are.”

The derby match is a big one for both sides, and more than local pride is at stake.

Leeds have a chance to boost their play off hopes if they are victorious, and it would also be the first time since 2009 that they have won four games in a row.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, are only six points clear of safety, and they will need a few more victories this season to feel totally assured of retaining their Championship status for next term.

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