Two teams with completely different starts will face off in this match that will close this 4th round of the Premier League…
With only the victory on their mind, the hosts are slight favourites for this match, despite their terrible start to the season, where they lost the 3 matches they have played so far.
This is a team that had great expectations for this campaign, after some big-time signings such as Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Joe Hart, and they were even trying to ensure the signing of William Carvalho.
With that, we can understand that the club’s ambition is high and their objectives for the season are finishing in a comfortable mid-table position, at least.
However, as I’ve said above, they arrive with 0 points at this 4th round, after losses against Manchester United (4-0), Southampton (3-2) and Newcastle United (3-0).
10 goals conceded and only 2 scored is not good enough for the Hammers, that will have, just now, their first match at home, after their stadium was used for the Athletics’ World Championships.
Slaven Bilic, West Ham’s manager, has said:
“My work now is to improve our performances. We didn’t get off to a good start but we have a good chance on Monday to start winning matches again, and get back on track.”
Every team that has started off with 4 straight losses in the Premier League ended up being relegated that season.
That’s a scary statistic for the team led by Slaven Bilic but now they have a good opportunity to get some points, like he said.
On the next few weeks the team has the advantage of having several games in a row at home, and nothing better to start that stage than against a recently-promoted team.
Andy Carrol is the novelty amongst the players that were called-up for this match, while Winston Reid, Arnautovic, Lanzini and Fernandes are confirmed absences for this match.
Huddersfield is the only team that still hasn’t conceded any goals in the competition and they might be the first team in history that hasn’t conceded a single goal in the first 4 matches of the Premier League.
The wins over Crystal Palace (0-3), Newcastle United (1-0) and a draw against Southampton (0-0) were beyond everyone’s expectations in this team, that surely wouldn’t predict they would have 7 points already by now.
With a very “courageous” and organized style, the team has been taking advantage of the pressure on their opponents,
who were considered favourites, and that is something that is happening again here, since the Hammers are slight favourites.
David Wagner, Huddersfield’s Manager said:
“I have no idea if this is a good time to face West Ham and to be honest, I don’t really care about what’s going on in that club, because it doesn’t influence us.
We need to make sure we do everything right, even in the slightest details, and focus on ourselves. We are still humble enough to know that this match will be the mighty West Ham against the small Huddersfield Town.”
As stated above, David Wagner seems to be “playing” with the pressure that their opponents are under and I expect a very cautious approach from this team, trying to take advantage of the opponent’s mistakes.
West Ham vs Huddersfield – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Two teams in completely different form but also with different qualities. On paper, the Hammers look to have more quality but the truth is that they haven’t been able to show it.
This is a match that will require a lot of respect from both sides.
It is certain that West Ham needs to win and this will be the first match in front of their fans,
but on the other side we have a team that is trying its hardest to take advantage of their opponents’ mistakes and that hasn’t conceded a single goal yet.
Huddersfield also can’t be too overconfident because the Londoners’ quality and experience is very high.
A tough match to predict an outcome considering that “respect” required but I’d say the hosts have the advantage.
The “Both teams to score” has some value but will depend heavily on the time of the 1st goal, so my bet will go in favour of West Ham.
Experience has to be worth something playing at home and after seeing them draw 2-2 against Southampton playing with 10 men,
I believe they have more than enough quality to be able to secure their first 3 points here.
|West Ham to win||