West Brom host Huddersfield at the Hawthorns in the EFL Championship on Saturday, looking to build on their latest win. The Baggies beat Wigan Athletic 1-0 in their last game, as Daryl Dike’s 27th-minute strike earned them all three points.
With a total of 51 points in 35 games, Carlos Corberán’s side are in ninth position in the league table, a good 14 above their next opponents, who are battling relegation. Now in their fourth consecutive season in the second tier, Huddersfield are staring at the possibility of going down to the third division for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
The Terriers have won only eight times in their top-flight campaign so far, the last being a 2-1 win over Birmingham City last month. Since then, the West Yorkshire side have lost twice and drawn once in their next three games, failing to score in all three games.
The side have gone through five managerial changes since the start of the campaign, excluding Corberan’s move to West Brom, with Neil Warnock taking charge of the club permanently since 16 February this year.
Huddersfield have seen an atrocious campaign and haven’t shown any signs of improvement under Warnock either. West Brom boast a strong attacking vanguard that can pile more misery on them.
Prediction: West Brom 2-0 Huddersfield
This match will start from 8:30 pm
This match will take place on 11 March 2023
West Brom’s injury woes could be set to worsen after centre-back Erik Pieters was forced off in the second half on Tuesday with a recurring knee problem, with Semi Ajayi set to partner Dara O’Shea in the Baggies backline on Saturday.
Grady Diangana will remain sidelined with a foot injury which may require campaign-ending surgery – that coupled with the absences of Brandon Thomas-Asante and Karlan Grant, Albion’s attacking options are extremely limited outside of the starting XI.
Injuries in the Baggies’ ranks led to forward Mo Faal being recalled from his loan spell at National League North side AFC Fylde this week, and the player could make only his second-ever Albion appearance on Saturday.
Huddersfield have their own injury concerns to contend with ahead of a trip to The Hawthorns, with manager Warnock claiming he is unsure whether winger Anthony Knockaert will be available for selection after picking up a knock.
Scott High is also a doubt for the Terriers after the 22-year-old fractured his wrist, whereas Danny Ward could be another player who misses out this weekend due to a rib injury.
Griffiths; Furlong, O’Shea, Ajayi, Townsend; Yokuslu, Molumby, Wallace, Swift, Albrighton; Dike
Vaclik; Pearson, Helik, Lees, Ruffels; Rudoni, Hogg, Koroma, Diarra, Jackson; Waghorn
We say: West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Although West Brom did not rack up the goals against Wigan on Tuesday, their display – for the most part – was commanding, and they should be confident of beating a Huddersfield side who have conceded seven goals in their last two away outings.
The Terriers will need to be at their best defensively to earn anything out of their trip to The Hawthorns, with back-to-back clean sheets for Warnock’s men seeming very unlikely.
Tip 1 – Result: West Brom
Tip 2 – Goals over/under 2.5: Under 2.5
Tip 3 – Both teams to score: No
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a West Bromwich Albion win with a probability of 74.81%. A draw has a probability of 16.7% and a win for Huddersfield Town has a probability of 8.44%.
The most likely scoreline for a West Bromwich Albion win is 2-0 with a probability of 14.58%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 1-0 (12.99%) and 3-0 (10.91%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (7.85%), while for a Huddersfield Town win it is 0-1 (3.5%).
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