West Ham will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon at home to a Huddersfield side who are already planning for life in the Championship next season. The Terriers haven’t won in their last seven visits to London. Will it be eight by 5pm on Saturday?
West Ham United vs Huddersfield Town
Premier League 2018-19
Where to Watch
Venue: London Stadium
Date: 16 March 2019
Kick Off Time: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Jonathan Moss
TV Channel / Live Stream: As it’s a 3pm kick-off, it won’t be live to watch on TV in the UK. However, you can catch the action on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday or BT Final Score. Highlights will be available Saturday night on BBC’s Match of the Day.
West Ham vs Huddersfield – The Form Guide
West Ham were humiliated 2-0 away at Cardiff last weekend. They will want to make amends for that poor showing in front of their home fans this Saturday. They have one of the best home records outside of the top six, though, so a win looks a distinct possibility here.
You have to go back to before Christmas to find the last time the Hammers lost a home game. It came on 22 December in a 2-0 home defeat to Watford. Since then, it’s been four wins and two draws in their last six on their own turf in all competitions.
In contrast, Huddersfield have won just once away from home since August. They’ve gained one away point in their last nine Premier League games. What’s concerning is that they can’t score goals. Something needs to change on Saturday, and with the realisation of Championship football now accepted amongst many at Huddersfield, they may play with a little less pressure on their shoulders at the weekend. Their fans will hope so, anyway.
Team News – Injuries and Suspensions
West Ham will want to attack from the first minute and send the fans home happy, so we could see a very strong line-up from Pellegrini in terms of going for goals. The Hammers will have the same squad to choose from as the Cardiff game, but expect a few changes as they were terrible in Wales.
Declan Rice will be hoping to top his week of with a win and possibly another goal. He was recently called up to the England squad for their next two Euro 2020 Qualifiers. He’s already achieved something Mark Noble never did.
As far as Huddersfield are concerned, it’ll be pretty much the same squad as last weekend. Higg, Williams, Diakhaby, and Mbenza are all missing through injury. Depoitre, Kongolo, and Duhaney are also struggling to be fit for Saturday, so may all miss out.
West Ham Predicted XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Antonio, Lanzini, Anderson, Arnautovic
Huddersfield Predicted XI: Lossl, Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Durm, Stankovic, Billing, Mooy, Pritchard, Kachunga, Mounie
3-0. Huddersfield just cannot score goals. Although West Ham are prone to conceding the odd goal, I don’t think Huddersfield will have enough of the ball to cause them problems. Marko Arnautovic should replace Chicharito up front for the Hammers. He’ll want to get back to scoring ways, and with the likes of Lanzini and Anderson supplying him, he should get plenty of chances to notch one or two.
West Ham vs Huddersfield Tickets
For all ticket enquires, head over to West Ham’s website for more details on availability and pricing. The game’s not a sellout, so you should have some luck if you want to attend the game.
West Ham are in decent form at home, and I can’t see that changing on Saturday. Pellegrini’s men are a little on the short side in the match result market at 4/7, but they have enough to overcome Huddersfield, so that’s worth adding into your weekend football acca. My pick, though, is West Ham to Win to Nil at better odds of 7/5.
Match Facts and Stats
- West Ham have played Huddersfield three times in the Premier League so far and are unbeaten (W2 D1).
- Huddersfield have drawn one and lost six of their last seven trips to London. They’ve scored just once and conceded 17 in that time.
- The Hammers haven’t lost a Premier League game against a team starting the day bottom of the table since 2007.
- The last seven Yorkshire teams to play West Ham away in the Premier League have all lost.