West Ham v Huddersfield Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 12, 2019
London Stadium - Premier League
Mauricio Pellegrini's Hammers host rock bottom Huddersfield this weekend, as they look to push their case for a Europa League qualification spot by the end of the season.
The reverse fixture earlier this season ended as a 1-1 draw in West Yorkshire, wit Felipe Anderson netting a late equaliser for Pellegrini's side.
The Hammers won both Premier League games against Huddersfield last season, in The Terriers' debut Premier League campaign.
West Ham have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend's visit of Huddersfield, with Andy Carroll, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Winston Reid and Andriy Yarmolenko all still out of action due to long term injuries.
Huddersfield also have a long injury list to contend with as Danny Williams, Johnathan Hogg, Isaac Mbenza and Adama Diakhaby all out until at least the end of the month. however manager Jan Siewert could be boosted by the returns of Terence Kongolo, Laurent Depoitre and Demeaco Duhaney from injury.
West Ham v Huddersfield Preview and Predictions
Pellegrini's side have hit a worryingly inconsistent patch of recent form, with just two wins in their last six Premier League games ahead of this weekend, with important victories against Fulham and Newcastle at the London Stadium. They have an opportunity to gain ground on top seven rivals Watford and Wolves, who are both in FA Cup action this weekend, and they are unbeaten at home in 2019, a run stretching back six games in league and FA Cup action.
Huddersfield's relegation fate looks already sealed, with Siewert's side 16 points away from safety, and their return to the Championship after two seasons in the top flight looks to be only a matter of when, rather than if, at the moment. Despite flickers of promise under the Austrian boss, their record of 15 defeats in their last 17 Premier League games is astonishingly poor form, and the writing has been on the wall for their fans since October 2018 and the subsequent departure of previous manger David Wagner.
The Hammers have a significant opportunity to gain a positive edge in the exciting race for seventh place, and Europa League qualification, and Pellegrini will be keen not to miss out on the chance to keep up the pace with their rivals - and a home win is at 8/15.
Huddersfield's poor record is even worse on the road, and they have failed to score in their last six games away from the John Smith's Stadium, and they are unlikely to break that record in this tie - with a no to a BTTS bet available at 7/10.
West Ham to win 2-0 at 6/1
The Hammers have looked good on the whole this season, but Pellegrini will be keen that they do not run out of steam before the end and they will be motivated by the chance of European football at the club, for the first time since 2017.
Marko Arnautovic to score anytime at 5/4
Arnautovic has hit a dry spell in recent weeks, with no goal since West Ham's FA Cup Third Round win over Birmingham City. However he looks to have re-settled at the club, after speculation linking him with a move to China in January, and looked back to his best in last weekend's loss at Cardiff.