West Brom v Huddersfield
Sunday September 22, 12:00
West Brom keep unbeaten record intact
West Brom maintained their unbeaten Championship record as they came from behind to rescue a point at Fulham last weekend. Towering centre-half Semi Ajayi equalised late on for the Baggies to cancel out the Cottagers’ fluky opener; Anthony Knockaert’s attempted chipped cross deceived Albion keeper Sam Johnstone in flight and dipped in at the far post.
Slaven Bilic‘s boys have now fallen behind in six of their seven Championship games and yet still not lost in the league – earning them the most points from losing positions in the Championship this season (12). WBA were second-best for the first hour but improved in the latter stages and came close to winner late on as Darnell Furlong‘s header flew wide.
Bilic was unhappy with his side’s efforts in that first hour but praised his players’ mindset, character and application post-match, saying: “They ended up more happy to hear the final whistle, which means something, especially here away, but we have to be that way from the very first minute.” Filip Krovinovic and Kyle Edwards are pushing for starting berths here.
Huddersfield still searching for first win
Huddersfield‘s first fixture under the stewardship of new management duo Danny and Nicky Cowley ended in defeat last Sunday as the Terriers went down 2-0 at home to regional rivals Sheffield Wednesday. The result leaves Town second from bottom of the Championship with one point from their first seven matches since suffering relegation (W0-D1-L6).
There were positives for Huddersfield, mind, especially so with the Cowley brothers only arriving in situ on the Monday. The Terriers kept the ball for long spells but a clinical final pass was often lacking, while for all of their endeavour in attack, their forward pairing of Karlan Grant and Fraizer Campbell did not have a clear chance at goal in the encounter.
Left-back Terence Kongolo came closest, forcing saves either side of the interval. Town edged possession and territory but Danny Cowley wants much more, saying: “This club needs some grit, we need to get some fight. We didn’t have enough energy, we were too slow. You have two choices in life, you can be a victim or a fighter. At the minute we’re affected by the scoreboard, which you can understand. But we have to change that.”
Baggies fair odds-on favourites
West Brom and Huddersfield have crossed paths in league action six times over the past decade and it’s the Terriers who have enjoyed the upper hand. Town did the double over the Baggies during the duos Premier League campaign in 2017/18, making it four triumphs and a solitary defeat in that six-game spell (W4-D1-L1) dating back to November 2009.
West Brom [1.71] unsurprisingly are odds-on favourites to pick up maximum points following their eye-catching opening stanza under Slaven Bilic’s watch. However, the Baggies have found the winning formula hard to find at The Hawthorns, and the hosts have now registered just a 50% success rate here since Premier League relegation (W13-D9-L4).
Huddersfield [5.4] fans will be hoping an extra week on the training paddock under the watchful eye of the Cowley brothers will aid their ailing prospects. The Terriers’ only point this term came at QPR when Town were second-best – and that fixture is also the only occasion this season that Huddersfield have not conceded at least two goals in a game.
West Brom have been a friend to goal-focused punters in 2019/20. All seven of the Baggies’ encounters have paid out for Both Teams To Score backers with three matches breaking the Over 2.5 Goals barrier. As already mentioned, the hosts have conceded the opening goal in six showdowns already but come into this clash with an unbeaten record under Slaven Bilic.
Despite sitting off the bottom on goal difference, Huddersfield have still managed to get on the scoresheet in five of their fixtures this term. Five of those outings followed suit for BTTS backers with four rewarding Over 2.5 Goals hunters, and so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see a similar outcome in Sunday’s meeting.
Source: Betfair UK English Championship