Premier League: Huddersfield v West Ham Preview

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Huddersfield v West Ham

Saturday, Jan 13 – 15:00pm

Huddersfield recovered from their 3-0 loss in the league to Leicester City, by beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in the FA Cup last weekend. The Terriers have won just one of their last six Premier League matches, leaving David Wagner with plenty of work to do in the second-half of the season. Huddersfield are currently attempting to bring Norwich’s Alex Pritchard to the John Smiths, with their latest offer for the winger reported to be in the region of £11 million. With just four points between the Terriers and the relegation zone, adding new blood to their squad could be hugely important to their survival prospects.

Having held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw on MD22, West Ham suffered a huge setback in the FA Cup last weekend, when they themselves were held to a draw by minnows Fleetwood Town (0-0). David Moyes decided to heavily rotate his squad for the cup clash, so the Hammers should be the fresher of the two sides heading into tomorrow’s game. West Ham have continued to improve under Moyes over the last few weeks, and currently sit 15th in the Premier League table, two points above the drop zone.

Let’s take a look at the stats:

  • The Terriers have won 10 of their last 12 home meetings with West Ham in the league (D1 L1) – their last victory coming back in 1971.
  • Having won the reverse fixture 2-0, West Ham have a chance of beating Huddersfield twice in the league for the first time in their history.
  • West Ham lost their last away match at Huddersfield 1-0 – in a League Cup clash back in September 1997.
  • Huddersfield have not managed to win any of their last four Premier League matches – their 3-0 loss to Leicester City coming off the back of three consecutive draws.
  • West Ham have taken five points from their last three away matches in the Premier League (W1 D2) – collecting two more points than they did in their first nine matches on the road this season.
  • A loss today would mark the fourth time that the Hammers have lost to all three newly promoted sides in a season. Only Middlesbrough (5) and Sunderland (4) have a worse record.
  • The John Smiths stadium has seen just 22 goals this season (Huddersfield – 10, Opponents – 12) – only Turf Moor has seen fewer goals (16).
  • Only six different Huddersfield players have found the back of the net in the Premier League this season – fewer than any other club (level with Brighton).
  • West Ham have averaged 112.6km in their 11 matches under David Moyes. They averaged 105.7km in their 11 matches under Slaven Bilic.
  • Marko Arnautovic has netted in his last two away matches in the Premier League – only five players have netted in three successive away matches for the Hammers.

West Ham were a bit fortunate in the reverse fixture, and the 2-0 scoreline didn’t completely reflect what happened on the pitch. Andy Carroll was the biggest threat for the Hammers that day, and while he didn’t manage to find the back of the net, he caused Huddersfield’s defenders all sorts of problems – expect the big man to leave his mark on the match tomorrow. The Terriers have a good record at home this season, but West Ham have momentum behind them. If they can hold Spurs to a draw, they can beat Huddersfield.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta