Huddersfield v West Ham Match Preview- Hammers return to league action

After a lacklustre showing last week against Shrewsbury Town, West Ham will return to league action on Saturday when they square off against Huddersfield Town.

The Hammers were held to a 0-0 draw by their third tier opponents, thus earning the latter a deserved replay at the London Stadium later this month and adding another fixture to the Irons’ already crowded schedule. Coach David Moyes, who had lost to Shrewsbury in his first ever FA Cup game in charge of Everton, opted for a cautious mix of youth and experience, but his side barely troubled the Shrews, with Joe Hart the busier keeper of the two.

Hart, a Shrewsbury boy himself, said after the game that the Hammers “had got out of jail” and that they were “terrible”. There was a painful debut for young Josh Cullen, who lost a tooth after a clash with Abu Ogogo. The 1,541 travelling Hammers fans also got an opportunity to see young Toni Martinez in action for the first time ever, with the Spaniard playing 20 minutes in the second half as a substitute for Javier Hernandez.

Toni Martinez

Hart had saves to make from Ben Godfrey and Mat Sadler, while his opposite number, young Dean Henderson, was relatively untroubled in goal, with Andre Ayew’s half chance the only time the Hammers came close to scoring.

While West Ham were unable to get the better of Shrewsbury, Huddersfield had no such problems against their lower ranked opponents, with the Terriers beating Championship outfit Bolton 2-1 in their FA Cup clash at the Macron Stadium. The win, HTAFC’s first in five games across all competitions, was secured thanks to two second half goals in the space of 60 seconds from Rajiv van la Parra and Daniel Williams.

Huddersfield were soundly beaten 3-0 by Leicester in their last league game, while West Ham held Tottenham to a draw at Wembley, with midfielder Pedro Obiang scoring a goal of the season contender for the visitors. A look at the bookies at http://bettingtop10.com/ sees the home side as marginal favourites, perhaps because West Ham have only won once on the road in the league all season. Huddersfield are also not exactly easy-beats at home- they stunned Manchester United to end the Red Devils’ unbeaten start to the season, and took Man City the distance before Raheem Sterling’s effort helped Pep Guardiola’s side prevail.

HUD MUN

The reverse fixture this season, West Ham’s first at the London Stadium, saw them edge the Terriers 2-0, a result that prevented Slaven Bilic’s sacking after the Hammers’ terrible start to the season.

West Ham are 15th in the table going into this clash, while Huddersfield are in 11th place with 24 points. A win for David Moyes’ side will see them leapfrog the Terriers in the league standings.

Marko Arnautovic has had a stellar last few weeks for the Hammers and the Austrian, nominated for Premier League Player of the Month, will again be key to unlocking Huddersfield’s defence. Arnautovic has easily been West Ham’s best forward under Moyes, with Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew failing to impress, and Andy Carroll only scoring his first goal of the season earlier this month against Crystal Palace.

Huddersfield v West Ham kicks off at 3pm at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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