The view of the opposition: Huddersfield v West Ham
We provide analysis and best bets as the Hammers return to Premier League action with a trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Following their battling draw at Tottenham, West Ham have a real opportunity to continue their climb up the Premier League table at Huddersfield on Saturday.
That point at Wembley moved the Hammers from 18th to 15th, and means the club have taken five points from their previous three league games – a fine return that reflects their improvement over the last month.
David Moyes’ side have suffered just one defeat in eight top-flight matches, with the 12 points they have accrued in that time more than twice as many as the club managed in the first 15 games of the season.
The Irons have played some of their best football away from home, too.
They are unbeaten in their last three on the road, with the draw at Bournemouth and win at Stoke preceding last week’s result at Spurs.
Even better, Huddersfield’s recent form at the John Smith’s stadium is not great.
The Terriers have failed to win any of their three previous home matches in the league, with the defeat to Chelsea last month followed by draws against Stoke and Burnley.
Saturday’s match should be an entertaining one.
West Ham have scored in each of their previous three matches on the road, including two three-goal hauls at Stoke and Bournemouth respectively.
And even though Huddersfield have failed to net in their last two league outings, they did score in four successive matches before that.
That sequence included four goals at Watford, while the Terriers will be encouraged by the fact the Hammers have conceded in their last four league matches.
Don’t be surprised if the match is defined by late drama, either.
Four of West Ham’s last five league games have featured goals between the 75th and 90th minute.
The Hammers scored three of them – against West Brom, Bournemouth and Stoke respectively – claiming seven valuable points in the process.
Moyes should be confident of claiming at least one more on Saturday.
West Ham double chance and BTTS -
Time of last West Ham goal 75-90 minutes -
Over 2.5 goals -