PREVIEW | Huddersfield Town Preview vs West Ham

Huddersfield Town host West Ham United on Saturday after getting their first win of the season against Fulham on Monday at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Manchester United loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s own goal gave Huddersfield Town fans their first home goal this season, the last time being when Tom Ince scored an injury time winner against Watford on 14th April during LAST SEASON.

Wagner, who was celebrating the third anniversary of his appointment as head coach, said:

“This is huge for us.

“We have the winning feeling back. For sure it is one of the most important wins we’ve had in the past three years. Everybody needed this belief back. It’s massive for us.”

Huddersfield were facing the prospect of becoming only the second side in English Football League history to fail to score in their first six home games of a season, joining Mansfield who failed to score in their first nine in the third tier in 1971-72.

“Nothing is more important than this winning feeling, having happy faces in the dressing room and in the club. We are back in the race after 11 games.

“When you look at the fixtures in front of us, they are teams in and around the area where they’ll be open games. Today I think we were the team who really wanted this win.”

The Terriers were the final side in the top four tiers of the English football pyramid to register a league victory this season. They also ended a run of 14 Premier League games without a game (drawing five and losing nine).

As for their visitors this weekend, West Ham beat Burnley 4-2 at the London Stadium last weekend. It was the first time they’d won back to back Premier League games since beating Crystal Palace 3-0 and following that up with a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

The return of star forward Marko Arnautovic has given Manuel Pellegrini’s side a much needed boost, that immediately payed off when Arny scored within the first ten minutes of the game.

Both teams will no doubt be looking to continue their good form and it’ll no doubt be a very tough match both mentally and physically as neither wants to take an L because with the international break coming up, it could seriously harm their morale going forward.

Probable Huddersfield Starting XI: Jonas Lossl, Terence Kongolo, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Jorgensen, Chris Lowe, Jonathan Hogg, Phillip Billing, Florence Hadergjonaj, Aaron Mooy, Alex Pritchard and Steve Mounie.

Probable West Ham Starting XI: Lukasz Fabianski, Aaron Cresswell, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Pablo Zabaleta, Declan Rice, Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass, Pedro Obiang, Grady Diangana and Marko Arnautovic.

Prediction: 2-0 to West Ham.

 

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