West Brom v Huddersfield Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 22/09/19
Chris Bland (@blandc_1996) previews West Brom v Huddersfield Town and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Championship Clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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West Brom v Huddersfield Town Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 22/09/2019
- Time: 12:00
- Venue: The Hawthorns
- Channel: Sky Sports Football
West Brom take on Huddersfield on Sunday at the Hawthorns, looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season to 8 league games.
Converting draws into wins have been West Brom’s problem so far this season, and despite their unbeaten start, lie 6th in the league. With 3 wins and 4 draws so far, there has been an element of fighting spirit to these performances, coming from behind in 6 of the 7 league games, securing 12 points as a result from losing positions. The attacking hasn’t been a worry as of yet, however defensively they have leaked goals, conceding in every game, however coming up against a blunt Huddersfield attack, it might be time for that to change.
Huddersfield sit 23rd in the table, and whilst its too early to panic just yet, the performances are going to need to improve under new manager Danny Cowley. Beaten 2-0 in their first game against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, Cowley witnessed similar problems to what has plagued Huddersfield’s opening fixtures. A lack of cutting edge let them down in the final third in a game where they were able to hold onto possession for large periods of the game. Alex Pritchard was missing last week, and he often provides the creative spark between midfield and attack. Results will have to improve quickly as Cowley looks to get off to a fast start in his first away match in charge, however a trip to the Hawthorns is one of the toughest ties he could’ve asked for.
Conor Townsend is the only absentee for West Brom, with Kieran Gibbs facing a late fitness test. Ahmed Hegazi played in a training ground friendly during the week, and could be fit enough for the bench.
Collin Quaner will miss out for Huddersfield through a contact injury picked up last week. Alex Pritchard is expected to return after missing last weekend’s defeat.
Potential West Brom Starting XI: Johnstone; Ferguson, Bartlet, Ajayi, Furlong; Sawyers, Livermore; Diangana, Pereira, Phillips; Austin
Potential Huddersfield Starting XI: Grabara; Hadergjonaj, Elphick, Schindler, Kongolo; Chalobah, Hogg, O’Brien; Pritchard, Campbell, Grant
Head To Head
- West Brom 25
- Draw 17
- Huddersfield Town 29
Key Stats & Facts
- West Brom have seen both teams score in 100% of their league matches this season.
- West Brom have recovered 12 points from losing positions in the Championship already this season.
- Huddersfield are without an away league win in 16 matches.
- Karlan Grant has scored 4 of Huddersfield’s 5 league goals this season.
- West Brom 7/10
- Draw 31/10
- Huddersfield 9/2
It is hard to see past West Brom in this game, despite the recent change in Huddersfield’s manager. Although the return of Pritchard will help add creativity to the Huddersfield attack, which often lacks a link to midfield, especially since the departure of Aaron Mooy in the summer, West Brom are well equipped to deal with this. In Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers, West Brom possess a strong central midfield partnership, capable of retaining the ball for long periods, as well as covering the space in front of the back four. Stopping the supply to Pritchard is key to West Brom’s chances, and in games when he has been kept quiet or not played, Huddersfield have struggled to create chances. West Brom should be able to nullify the Huddersfield threat, however with their record of conceding in every game, I’d be wary of backing a clean sheet for West Brom.
However, I expect to see West Brom dominate the ball, and in doing so they will be able to create plenty of chances. The style of play being implemented by Bilic is based upon attacking wing play, and in particular utilising the tricky wingers of Matt Phillips and Grady Diangana. This has been an area where Huddersfield have struggled to defend against this season, with both of Sheffield Wednesday’s goals coming from crosses last weekend. West Brom’s underlying attacking statistics also suggest they have been slightly underperforming in front of goal, with an expected xG of 1.7 per game, creating chances hasn’t been a problem. Coming up against a defence which is susceptible to West Brom’s style of play, Over 1.5 goals for West Brom is appealing at 72/100 (Bet365).
Despite being without a goal in his first four appearances, Charlie Austin is starting to settle at the Hawthorns. He, and fellow striker Kenneth Zohore, are well suited to the style of play being implemented by Bilic, and are seeing plenty of scoring opportunities created. Austin hasn’t been shy of having a go either, averaging 3.3 shots per game, and against this leaky Huddersfield defence, he should get plenty more chances. Priced at 13/10 (Ladbrokes) to score anytime, it is the perfect game for him to break his duck.