Huddersfield are set to take on West Bromwich Albion in the EFL Championship on Saturday. The visitors are currently six points behind the promotion spots, while the home side are vying for the playoff spot. Can Huddersfield hold off against West Brom?
Huddersfield are placed eighth in the league table with seven wins, four draws, and six losses in 17 matches. They have five wins from their last seven games on home turf and have kept three consecutive clean sheets at home. Despite that, Huddersfield have been inconsistent, and a run of just one win in five matches has seen them drop out of the playoff positions. In their previous game against Cardiff City, Huddersfield lost 1-2. Kiefer Moore scored in the 92nd minute, helping his side to produce a comeback in the second half. The Terriers will be looking to move closer to the playoff spot in the upcoming game against West Brom. Duane Holmes and Jonathan Hogg are doubtful but could be in contention on Saturday. Jordan Rhodes has returned to training but will be unlikely to feature.
In the previous game against Cardiff City, Huddersfield had a marginally lower xG than their opponents’. Kiefer Moore scored a brace in the second half and had the highest xG in the match, while he also took the highest number of shots. The Terriers were dominated in multiple attacking metrics.
In terms of successful forward passes, Huddersfield are placed at the ninth spot, while they are also averaging upward of 86 forward passes per match.
The Baggies’ manager Valerian Ismael has stated in a recent interview that his side lacked quality in the final third that cost West Brom in their previous game against Middlesbrough. They drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough in their meeting before the international break. As a result, West Brom are placed at the third spot in the Championship, with nine wins, five draws, and three losses in 17 games. West Brom have also been inconsistent in their recent games, and struggled to break their opponents down. They have two wins and two losses from their previous five games, and they haven’t won successive games since the end of September. Both Bournemouth and Fulham have overtaken West Brom for the promotion spots. Although the home form has been impressive as they are still unbeaten. Matt Clarke is doubtful to appear in the upcoming match, and Jake Livermore is likely to make an appearance after resting the previous fixture.
In the previous match against Middlesbrough, West Brom started the match brightly and were most threatening during the end of the first half. But Middlesbrough came back strong in the second half and were the more threatening side. Their xG timeline tells a similar story.
The Baggies are placed second both in terms of expected goals and average expected goals per match, indicating that they have been successful in creating quality goal-scoring chances often. Although they have faced problems in finding the back of the net in their previous games.
Huddersfield Town (3-4-3) – Nicholls; Pearson, Lees, Colwill; Thomas, Hogg, O’Brien, Toffolo; Sinani, Ward, Koroma.
West Brom (3-4-2-1) – Johnstone; Kipre, Bartley, Townsend; Furlong, Livermore, Snodgrass, Reach; Diangana, Grant; Hugill.
West Brom have struggled on the road this season while the Terriers are impressive at home. Huddersfield’s home advantage could bend the match in their favor.