West Ham United vs Huddersfield Town Preview: Can Hammers secure third successive home win?
West Ham United vs. Huddersfield Town Preview. (picture: Getty Images / Rob Newell - CameraSport)

West Ham United vs Huddersfield Town Preview: Can Hammers secure third successive home win?

West Ham United will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League as they take on Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

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West Ham United will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League as they take on Huddersfield Town at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers suffered a disappointing defeat last weekend as goals from Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa condemned them to a 2-0 defeat against Cardiff City

As for Huddersfield, their dismal run of form continued with a 2-0 defeat at home to AFC Bournemouth. They look to have accepted their fate of relegation and are set for a return to the Championship next season. 

Dangerous game for Hammers

As Huddersfield's relegation is all-but confirmed, it means that they may start to play with freedom under the management of Jan Siewert. This could make them potentially dangerous opponents and this is something that West Ham will have to be wary of. If the Hammers produce a similar performance to the one they produced against Cardiff last time out, it could prove to be a difficult afternoon for the home side. 

However, there's no doubt that their home form under Manuel Pellegrini of late has been impressive. This is shown by the fact they can make it three successive victories at the London Stadium if they are able to get the better of the Terriers. Their consistency has been an issue throughout the season though, and it's difficult to predict exactly which West Ham will turn up on the day. 

Team news 

Pellegrini will have been disappointed to receive the news recently that Andy Carroll is likely to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. However, his attacking options have been boosted by the return of Marko Arnautovic, who has recently returned back to full fitness after illness. 

As for Huddersfield, Erik Durm is their latest injury doubt after picking up a minor strain in training. However, Siewert will be pleased that Tommy Smith is back available for selection, after missing the last three games through suspension. 

Just another game

Speaking ahead of the game to BBC Sport, Pellegrini has highlighted that the Terriers could be potentially dangerous opponents. 

He said: "It doesn't matter who we play. Huddersfield is the same. Maybe they're a more dangerous team. They are not playing for nothing.

"If we want to win then we need to play our best."

In comparison, Terriers boss Siewert has stated how he is more concerned about his side's performances than results at this stage.

He said: "From the day I came here, it has always been about the performance.

"Think of how many games we won since [last] March. It is four wins since March last year. This is important to know. It is a work in progress."

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