Even though Huddersfield are currently just outside the relegation zone, this match sees two of the three bookies favourites for the drop meet and it’s hard to argue with that. West Brom have been poor all season and continue to prop up the division, while the Terriers had been in free-fall until a crucial win over Bournemouth a fortnight ago in their last league outing.
4-1 perhaps flattered them slightly but they should take confidence from that and a decent showing against Man United in the FA Cup. They do seem like a team capable of putting in a good one-off performance. However, they simply lack the quality required to do that on a consistent basis and it’s hard to ignore their run of five straight defeats and eight without a win prior to that Bournemouth match.
Despite that they are still 7 points above West Brom, who are starting to look like a team resigned to their fate. Until recently you’d have said they were the kind of solid, hard-working side that might have had enough about them to win a relegation battle but four straight defeats in all competitions, combined with the off-field misdemeanors of four senior players leaves you seriously doubting that.
None of that reflects well on Alan Pardew, who will do well to see out the season at this rate. Albion have won just 1 of their 13 Premier League games since he took charge and with 11 games to go, they still only have 3 league wins to their name. If that doesn’t become 4 in what is essentially a ‘must win’ game for the Baggies, they might as well start planning for Championship football next term.
They’ve starting to look slightly more threatening up front, at least in some recent games but have suddenly looked more vulnerable at the back and it’s hard to see any value in backing West Brom to win this, given their miserable overall record this term. Huddersfield will be well aware that they can all but condemn the Baggies to their fate if they can seal a point, and they will be keen to do that.
They won’t see the need to take any undue risks here and in truth lack the quality to expose West Brom’s problems in the way other sides have done. With just 1 win in 9 league games overall and just one away win in 12 league outings since the opening day of the season, Huddersfield look unlikely victors too.
Almost by a process of elimination, backing the Draw looks to offer the best value in the Full Time Result market here, particularly given West Brom are the league’s joint draw specialists with 41% of their matches this term finishing level.
Head To Head
Huddersfield won 1-0 when the sides met earlier this term, despite being reduced to 10 men. They’ve not visited the Hawthorns since a 1-1 draw in 2001.
West Bromwich Albion vs Huddersfield Stats
- 7 of West Brom’s 13 home Premier League games have been drawn.
- With 1 point per game on average at the Hawthorns, they have the league’s worst home record.
- Huddersfield average just 0.62 points per game away.