West Ham host Huddersfield this weekend as Manuel Pellegrini's side look to close the gap on eighth place, with Watford engaged in an FA Cup clash this weekend. Whilst no Premier League game is a foregone conclusion, the Hammers should go into this game full of confidence as their opponents sit bottom of the table and 16 points from safety.
Whilst Huddersfield are seemingly all but relegation, they will be eager to at least avoid finishing the season at the foot of the Premier League table.
Considering Fulham only three points away, the Terriers will be hopeful they can get a result from this game to try and close that gap, as Liverpool travel to Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Below is all you need to know ahead of West Ham's encounter with Huddersfield:
How to Watch
|When Is the Game?||Saturday, 16th March|
|What Time Is Kickoff||15:00|
|Where Is it Being Played?||London Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream||N/A|
According to Pellegrini there are no fresh injury concerns for West Ham - but unfortunately that doesn't mean that he has his full squad available to him as there still are plenty of players sidelined with long term injuries. Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Winston Reid, and Andy Carroll are all unavailable for this game.
Huddersfield, who have won only three games all season, could be without as many as seven senior players with Jonathan Hogg, Adama Diakhaby, Danny Williams and Isaac Mbenza already ruled out and Demeaco Duhaney, Laurent Depoitre and Terence Kongolo all doubtful with knocks of their own.
|West Ham United||Fabiaski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Rice; Snodgrass, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Arnautovic.|
|Huddersfield Town||Lossl; Smith, Schindler, Jorgensen, Durm; Stankovic; Billing, Mooy; Pritchard; Mounie, Kachunga.|
Head to Head Record
Huddersfield actually have a surprisingly strong record against West Ham, winning 22 of the 42 games between the two sides. Unfortunately for the Terriers, they are yet to win any of the three games the teams have played since Huddersfield's return to the Premier League.
West Ham have enjoyed playing Huddersfield in recent times, beating them comprehensively twice last season. Winning 2-0 at the London Stadium and 4-1 away from home.
|West Ham United||Huddersfield Town|
|Cardiff City 2-0 West Ham (09/03)
||Huddersfield 0-2 Bournemouth (09/03)|
|West Ham 2-0 Newcastle (02/03)||Brighton 1-0 Huddersfield (02/03)|
|Man City 1-0 West Ham (27/02)||Huddersfield 1-0 Wolves (26/02)|
|West Ham 3-1 Fulham (22/02)||Newcastle 2-0 Huddersfield (23/02)|
|Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham (09/02)||Huddersfield 1-2 Arsenal (09/02)|
West Ham should have no problem dispatching Huddersfield this weekend. Given their disappointing performance away at Cardiff in their last game, Pellegrini will have his team suitably fired up and ready to get a result that will send the fans home happy.
The home team just have too much firepower for Huddersfield to keep them at bay for a full 90 minutes. If the first goal is scored early, it could be a very long day for the Terriers.
Prediction: West Ham 3-1 Huddersfield