Saturday, September 22, 2018

Prediction: West Brom vs Huddersfield

Verdict: Under 2.5 goals

Best Odds: 8/15

Bookmaker: Bet365

Two sides who currently find themselves at the heart of a relegation battle, on Saturday afternoon, David Wagner’s Huddersfield side will travel to the Midlands to meet a West Brom team sat bottom of the Premier League table.

West Brom

For the hosts on Saturday afternoon, Alan Pardew’s West Brom side know that if they stand any chance of avoiding relegation come the end of the season, the Baggies are going to have to start picking up points immediately. Finding themselves bottom of the table, West Brom are now chasing down a seven-point deficit. Losing their last four matches on the bounce, Pardew’s side have now only won once in their last 25 Premier League matches, and are the firm favorites for the chop. Although the Baggies have recently begun to show some improvements in the final third, West Brom’s major problems have come at the back. They have now won just three of the 11 Premier League fixtures in which they’ve led this season.

Team News

West Brom welcome back Nacer Chadli, James Morrison, Kieran Gibbs and Jake Livermore after injuries or illness.

Daniel Sturridge will miss the game with a hamstring strain sustained against Chelsea last week.

Huddersfield

For David Wagner’s Premier League debutants, Huddersfield have struggled to keep the same momentum that saw them enjoy an impressive start to life among England’s elite. Currently sat 17th in the table, the Terriers now find themselves at the heart of a relegation battle and now just sit a single point above the drop zone. With just one top-flight win in their last 10 appearances, Wagner’s sides major problem has been their form away from the John Smith’s Stadium. With only two Premier League away wins all season, Huddersfield have lost nine Premier League away games by two or more goals without scoring, including each of the last three.

Team News

Huddersfield midfielder Alex Pritchard returns after being ineligible for the FA Cup defeat at Manchester United.

Aaron Mooy is sidelined with an infected cut on his knee, but Michael Hefele has recovered from illness and Chris Lowe hopes to overcome injury.

Key Factors to Consider

  • West Brom lost the reverse fixture 1-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium in November.
  • Alan Pardew’s side have lost their last four games in all competitions.
  • The Baggies have won just once in their last 25 Premier League matches.
  • Huddersfield have lost nine Premier League away games by two or more goals without scoring, including each of the last three.
  • The Terriers have won just twice in their 13 away matches in the Premier League this season.

Conclusion

Although both sides will know the importance of picking up three points on Saturday afternoon, it looks to be a game where chances will be a rare commodity. With Huddersfield famously struggling when away from home, the Terriers have now failed to register a win away since the start of the New Year and have not scored in any of their last three away trips. Backing under 2.5 goals seems like the most logical bet at the Hawthrons.

Verdict: Under 2.5 goals

Best Odds: 8/15

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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