Huddersfield managed to end their winless streak last weekend as they picked up an FA Cup win away to Bolton in the 3rd Round, but they are still without a win in four Premier League matches and could do with ending that streak on Saturday.
The Terriers aren’t exactly in a bad position though. They were favourites for the drop at the start of this season but find themselves up in 11th position, with a four point cushion on the drop zone and plenty of out of form teams between them and 19th placed Stoke.
They have also made themselves very difficult to beat, and whilst they haven’t won in four league games, they have only lost two of their last seven. At the John Smith’s Stadium they are even more formidable, losing just three times this season and even beating Manchester United. Those three defeats came against Spurs, Manchester City, and Chelsea as well, so West Ham won’t be feeling overly confident of getting the win when they make the trip up north.
The Hammers aren’t in a winning mood either it seems. They drew away to Shrewsbury in their FA Cup tie, and have only won one of their last six in all competitions. That was against the dreadfully out of form West Brom as well, although their more recent draw against Tottenham can’t be considered a failure.
To be fair, West Ham have made themselves tough to beat as well recently, losing just one of their last seven in the Premier League and putting themselves 15th in the table. Things are definitely turning around for them under David Moyes, but they aren’t out of danger yet.
I think we can expect to see both teams finding the net on Saturday. West Ham have scored eight goals in their last four trips away, but have only kept a clean sheet twice on the road this season and come up against a Huddersfield side who have only failed to score in one of their last seven at the John Smith’s Stadium. Backing Both Teams to Score looks the best option, along with a 1-1 correct score predictions.
Ryan – Huddersfield
“I think it’s fair to say we could have done better over the festive period, but it wasn’t a disaster. We do, however, sit a mere 4 points off the relegation spots, despite being 11th. We can’t be taking anything for granted.
We welcome West Ham this week, and this side have had so much unrealised potential all season – they only have 22 points halfway through their season and you look at the squad at Moyes’ disposal and one is left wondering why they aren’t at least in the top eight teams in the league. This will be a tough test if West Ham play some expansive football. I would happily take a draw from this game, given that we’ll face far weaker opponents throughout the rest of the season. But, it’s the new year and I’d like to be a bit more optimistic so I’m going for a 2-1 win for Wagner’s men.”
Score Prediction: 2-1 Huddersfield
Nigel – West Ham
“Huddersfield have stabilised a bit since their freefall from the heady heights they experienced in 2017. West Ham have been struggling with form and injuries over the past weeks and will still be missing one or two key players for this match. Defensively West Ham look vulnerable with forces changes at the back but midfield and attack is coming back to full strength and could prove a bit of a handful for Huddersfield this time around.
Sadly it is difficult to predict many goals again. Moyes has made our defense a little tighter but still has a few wobbles from time to time. Our attacking force is nothing to fear at the moment unless we are strong in midfield. Normally I would be fairly bouyant about a West Ham win in this match but, with the injuries, players just coming back after injury, I can see a draw at best.”
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
Huddersfield have won three, drawn two, and lost two of their last seven meetings with West Ham, although most of these took place in the early 1970s.
Elias Kachunga and Jon Stankovic remain sidelined, whilst Chris Lowe, Martin Cranie, and Colin Quaner are all doubtful. New loanee Terence Kongolo is expected to make his Premier League debut.
Diafra Sakho, James Collins, Edimilson Fernandes, Sam Byram, and Jose Fonte all remain injured for West Ham, with Aaron Cresswell, Marko Arnautovic, and Winston Reid all doubts as well.