West Brom v Huddersfield Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 20, 2018
The Hawthorns - Premier League
The Premier League's basement boys West Brom host Huddersfield in a real relegation six-pointer at the Hawthorns this weekend.
Huddersfield won 1-0 in West Yorkshire earlier this season, in the first ever Premier League meeting between these two sides, with Rajiv van La Parra the hero that day.
Before that game, West Brom were unbeaten in their previous three meetings with Huddersfield, in a run dating back to 2000.
Huddersfield should be able to recall defender Michael Hefele, who has recovered from a bout of illness, and Chris Lowe should be fit following a foot problem.
However Jon Stankovic, Elias Kachunga, Aaron Mooy and Sean Scannell will all be sidelined for David Wagner's team until March.
Hal Robson-Kanu should be fit to make the match day squad for the Baggies, with Daniel Sturridge out for two weeks with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Jake Livermore is fit for a return, but he remains the subject an internal club disciplinary procedure along with Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans and Boaz Myhill.
Nacer Chadli and James Morrison are both still a month away from a return to first team action.
West Brom v Huddersfield Preview and Predictions
The disciplinary issues surrounding West Brom are the last thing that manager Alan Pardew would have wanted as he attempts to steer the club away from relegation.
The Baggies are five points adrift at the bottom of the table, and they have lost their last four games in league and cup action, and are without a win since January 13th.
Huddersfield are making a slightly better drop of the battle to beat the drop, with a win against fellow strugglers Bournemouth in their last Premier League game giving the team a real boost.
West Brom know they have to get something from this game if they are to make a fight out of it, and despite their poor form they have proven tough to beat at home, picking up draws against Arsenal and Everton, as well a win over Brighton.
Alongside this, Huddersfield have struggle on the road, losing their last three away league games to Manchester United, Stoke and Leicester.
A draw - priced at 11/5 - would be better for Huddersfield, but at this stage of the season, Pardew will have to take whatever points he can get.
A low scorer looks to be on the cards, with Huddersfield scoring four goals in their last four league games (all against Bournemouth) and West Brom managing just three goals in their last three in the league, with that in mind an under 2.5 goals bet is priced at 1/2.
A 1-1 draw at 6/1
West Brom are desperate for points, and whilst Huddersfield are not in as a dire a situation as their hosts this weekend, they need to establish some breathing space between themselves and the bottom three. Neither side will look to come out all out attack and this could nullify the game.
Jay Rodriguez to score first at 9/2
Former Burnley striker Rodriguez is West Brom's top scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions, and he is set to play in attack with Salomon Rondon against Huddersfield. He will need to be in top form for the remainder of the campaign if West Brom are to have a fighting chance of survival.