West Ham Preview

David Wagner's team are chasing back-to-back victories for the first time since February when a 4-1 thumping of Bournemouth was followed up with a 2-1 win away to West brom. To do that they are going to have to overcome a West Ham side full of confidence after their recent dismantling of Sean Dyche's Burnley.


Here's what to look out for in Saturday's clash against the Hammers.



A safety first outlook


West Ham have several players in their ranks capable of punishing Town in offensive areas, none more so than the imperious Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian forward has had a hand in 23 of West Ham's 61 goals since the start of last season and wil lbe a major threat at The John Smith's Stadium.


Felipe Anderson also comes into the game on the back of a brace against Burnley last week in which his side were scintillating going forward. Hadergjonaj and Lowe will likely be the wing-backs tasked with defending and attacking for Town against West Ham and both will need to concentrate fully to keep the Brazilian in check as he likes to swap wings.


Last season Town conceded 6 goals in their 2 games against The Hammers including 4 at home in a match that was a shambles from The Terriers perspective. A strong focus on defence will be needed to avoid a similar result this time round.


Set-piece focus


All 5 of Town's goals this season have come from dead ball situations, and they are our most potent tool for defeating West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini's side have looked somewhat disjointed in defence so far this season and Town could well take advantage of this from corners and throw-ins.


West Ham have kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League away games and an aerial bombardment from Town could expose a soft underbelly in the West Ham ranks.


Who takes Billing's place?


Like him or not, Danish midfielder Phill Billing has been excellent for Town thus far this season. The yellow card that he earned on Monday means he will miss the clash against West Ham leaving us with somewhat of a void in our midfield three.


Danny Williams would seem to be the natural replacement for Billing, but he hasn't been involved in any football since March after suffering a broken ankle. Williams is undoubtedly a top player but perhaps his lack of match fitness will force Wagner into a tactical alteration.


Prediction


Without getting too carried away, it seems that a second succesive win could very well be on the cards against West Ham. We think Town will go into this game cautiously and look to grind down Pellegrini's men. Our best bet is that the game finishes the same as Monday's clash against Fulham, 1-0 to Town.

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