If Huddersfield Town gain all three points from this key Premier League fixture against the Hammers, the Yorkshire club could move into the top ten in the standings.
Just two points separate 11th placed Huddersfield and 15th placed West Ham. The Terrier’s last league fixture ended in a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City away. Meanwhile, the visitors have recently entered a more positive period of form and travel to West Yorkshire on the back of a 1-1 draw against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Pedro Obiang, who scored against Spurs, has made the most appearances in the West Ham midfield this season. The 25-year-old may prove to be the key player as West Ham come into the game with a squad that has picked up numerous injuries.
In contrast, the home side come into the game with a comparatively fitter squad. They have recently just signed attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard from Norwich City. Their top scorer this season, Laurent Depoitre, who has some attributes that are not too dissimilar to West Ham striker Andy Carroll, has scored five goals so far this season in all competitions should be fit to play.
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Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner contended that his side simply had to be better than in their previous performance against West Ham earlier in the season, where his side lost 2-0 at the London Stadium. Wagner stated:
“They are in good form at the minute so there are a lot of reasons why we have to be better than what we were in the first game; this is our aim to be on our best.”
However, Wagner’s counterpart in the away dugout, David Moyes, will perhaps feel a little more anxious ahead of the fixture. After all, the Hammers have only won just one game away from home all season. That solitary win was a 3-0 win over a disgruntled Stoke City.
Stoke are the only other team in the league who have conceded more away goals than West Ham this season.
Moreover, Huddersfield have more often than not performed magnificently at home, which has ensured that they have only lost three games at the John Smith’s Stadium and has proved to be the crucial key to their success so far. With all of these factors considered, and a noisy crowd backing them from the stands, it explains why the home side are the more fancied club in this game.
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