Huddersfield v West Ham
Following the recent run of FA Cup fixtures, West Ham travel to the Kirklees stadium to face a Huddersfield side without a league win in 4 games. West Hams previous fixture brought around a dull 0-0 draw away to league one flyers Shrewsbury. Whereas Huddersfield picked up a 2-1 win away to championship Bolton. This fixture lauds huge importance for both sides, both will be looking to pick up what will be a huge 3 points.
This matchup proves to be a real relegation six pointer. With Huddersfield sitting in a healthier 11th compared to West Ham currently in 15th. David Wagner’s men will be looking to get at a side which have conceded on average 1.59 goals a game. Saying that, David Moyes’ men have hit the back of the net 8 times in there last 4 league games. Including a vital 2-1 win vs West Brom, and draws vs Tottenham and Bournemouth. The Kirklees stadium proves a tough stomping ground for West Ham, with our last 11 games there including 8 losses, 2 draws and just 1 win.
Huddersfield’s lack of goals this season will play into West Hams hands with goals from the front line being something they’ve lacked recently. One the other hand our inability to stop a conceding rot in the league continues with clean sheets being a rare occurrence. This should prove a chance for David Moyes’ men to climb the table and overtake the terriers.
Now onto injury news, considering the transfer window is now upon us both sides will be looking to strengthen. But these are the main injuries ahead of the fixture, Jose Fonte, Sam Byram, Fernandes, Collins, Sakho and Antonio all remain side-lined with various Injuries.
Despite recent injuries and a selection head ache for the manager, this is how I think we’ll line up.
Adrian, Reid/Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Noble, Obiang, Masuaku, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.
My prediction for this game is a tough one, with both sides seeming to have problems at either ends of the pitch. Due to our defensive struggles, I can see us conceding, but going forward we can pose a threat. I’m going to sit on the fence and go for a 1-1 draw, could easily see this fixture also going 2-1 either way! In conclusion, this game should pose a big test for David Moyes and I’m really looking forward to getting up to Huddersfield and seeing how it all pans out. Let’s hope it’s a positive result come 5pm Saturday and we can continue our resurgence in the league.