Preview - West Ham United vs Huddersfield Town 16 March 19

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Match Day 31
West Ham United vs. Huddersfield Town
Saturday, March 16th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United: 
Last five matches form: D W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.23
Average goals against per match: 1.43
Top Scorer: Felipe Anderson ( 8 )

Huddersfield Town:
Last five matches form: L L W L L
Average goals per match: 0.50
Average goals against per match: 1.77
Top Scorer: Mathias Jørgensen (3)

West Ham's inconsistency reared its ugly head again last week as they slumped to defeat away at relegation threatened Cardiff City. Next up its this home game against a side who are surely already doomed, but this time they are at least back in front of their own fans. For visitors Huddersfield Town, pride is surely all they have left to play for.

West Ham couldn't master Huddersfield Town in the reverse of this fixture, with the game at the John Smith's Stadium ending in a 1-1 draw. The Hammers came out on top in this game last season when winning 2-1.

Plenty of injury concerns here. Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sánchez and Winston Reid are out for the Hammers. Danny Williams, Demeaco Duhaney, Isaac Mbenza and Adama Diakhaby will be on the side-lines for the Terriers.

West Ham are on a solid run at home with just the one defeat and five wins from their past eight games here at the London Stadium. They have scored two or more in five of their last eight here. On the other side of the coin they have only kept three clean sheets at home all season.

Huddersfield seem intent on compiling one of the worst records in Premier League history having now lost 15 of their last 17 outings. They have won just once away from home all season and have failed to score in each of their last five.

Provided West Ham are sufficiently motivated they should pick up the points here. They have been reliable in front of their own fans of late and we see them doing this comfortably.

Prediction: West Ham United 4 - 0 Huddersfield Town


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 4 - 3
Shots:  16 - 15
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks: 5 - 8
Possession: 64% - 36%

Two bookings in this one, both for the away side with referee Jonathan Moss taking the names of Alex Pritchard and Philip Billing.

In the end this did go the way that most expected it would. West Ham certainly score top marks for making hard work of it though. Huddersfield meanwhile simply found a new and more exciting way to lose a game; scoring three for the first time this season and yet still coming away with nothing at all.

The home side took the lead in the 15th minute. Aaron Rowe tripping Manuel Lanzini in the eighteen-yard box and the referee pointing to the spot. Mark Noble converting straight down the middle.

Just two minutes later the Terriers were back on level terms. Aaron Mooy sending in a corner from the right to be met by Juninho Bacuna to power a header into the left-hand side from around eight yards and slightly to the right.

Then on the half-hour mark the lowly visitors took the lead. A low ball in from the left making its way to Karlan Ahearne-Grant around seven yards out and in a central area. Nice finish into the bottom right from the frontman. 1-2 at the break.

In the 65th minute things got even worse for the Hammers. Cracking goal this one. A ball out of defence finding Ahearne-Grant around 30 yards from goal who then turned smartly, cut inside onto his right and fired a twenty-yard effort into the top right corner.

15 minutes from time West Ham grabbed a lifeline. Aaron Cresswell's corner from the right being powerfully headed down and in from eight yards by Angelo Ogbonna.

Six minutes from time we were all square again. Samir Nasri doing well to win the ball and send in a cross from the right. Chicarito in acres of space around six yards out to the left and finishing with a diving header into the bottom right.

And then in the first minute of added time, the home side won it. A corner from the left played to Felipe Anderson towards the left corner of the eighteen-yard box. Anderson curling the ball towards goal and Chicarito getting the merest flick on it to send it past the keeper and in. 4-3 final score.

No change for Huddersfield who remain at the foot of the standings and 16 points adrift of safety. West Ham remain in ninth position.

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