Huddersfield are facing a tough task ahead of their trip to London on Saturday in a do-or-die match against 9th placed West Ham.
Each team will be looking to grab three points after the frustrating weekend that saw them lose to their rivals. Huddersfield lost 2-0 against Bournemouth, while West Ham suffered 2-0 loss against Cardiff City.
Huddersfield under pressure to survive relegation
The Terriers are currently under heavy pressure to stay out of the looming relegation trouble and Saturday’s win would be a step away from the drop. A loss on the other hand, will be a spell of doom for their already uncertain future.
The Hammers will be seeking a win in order to move closer to the 7th position and steer them further away from the relegation zone, a feat that might also book them a seat in the Europa League table.
Odds in favor of West Ham
According to the odds, West Ham are likely to emerge victorious in the highly anticipated match. West Ham’s chance to win stands at 1.53, while their rivals have a 6.00 chance to be winners. The possibility for a tie stands at 3.85.
The home advantage aspect and the heavy pressure not to disappoint their already frustrated fans could be a driving force to the Hammers’ victory.
Apart from the predictions coming from the odds that are highly in favor of West Ham, Huddersfield are also facing a number of challenges, which gives their rivals an added advantage.
Huddersfield hit by injuries
The past few games have left a number of Huddersfield’s players with different kinds of injuries. That situation saw key players miss Thursday’s training. Only 15 players turned up for the crucial training.
This is bad news for the Terriers who are currently languishing at the bottom of the table with only 14 points since the beginning of the season. Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert will be forced to make some key changes and employ new tactics in order to survive the wrath of their rivals.
Huddersfield’s captain out
Huddersfield’s captain, Jonathan Hogg, will miss Saturday’s match following an injury that he sustained during a clash with Brighton and Hove Albion, despite his critical role in the team.
Other key players who are expected to miss that game include: Terrence Kongolo, Demeaco Duhaney, Isaac Mbenza, Laurent Depoitre and Danny Williams and Adama Diakhaby
The injury struggles on Siewert’s side is sweet music to the ears of the Hammers but bad news to the Terriers.
West Ham also in injury struggles
However, not all is well for the Hammers as they will lack the presence of Andy Carrol, one of their keys players, who has an ankle problem.
As much as it may appear that Saturday’s match will be a walk in the park for West Ham, a lot could change during the match. Pellegrini’s men need to look over their shoulders as the Terriers will also fight to their last breath to avoid the drop.
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