Five things to look out for when West Ham face Huddersfield!
1. Tame Terriers
Huddersfield Town go into the final eight matches of the Premier League season seeking to avoid breaking an unwanted record set by Derby County in their ill-fated 2007/08 campaign.
While the Terriers have already safely surpassed the Rams’ meagre haul of just eleven points – another record low – today’s visitors still need to score six more goals to beat the 20 Derby scored eleven seasons ago.
With just 15 goals scored in their opening 30 games, Huddersfield are currently on course to score just 19 this term.
2. West Ham's unbeaten record (1)
Huddersfield Town are one of six clubs West Ham United have never lost a Premier League match against.
The Hammers faced the Terriers twice last season, winning 2-0 at home and 4-1 away, and preserved that unbeaten record with a 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium in November.
The five other opponents who were unable to get the better of the Irons in Premier League games were Bradford City (four meetings), Barnsley, Blackpool, Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town (all two meetings).
3. Huddersfield's giants
Only one other Premier League club, Watford, has a taller squad than Huddersfield Town. The Terriers’ players average height is 184.7cm, or 6ft 0.5in, which measures up at a full 2cm per player taller than their West Ham United counterparts.
Huddersfield’s giants – incidentally the nickname used by the professional rugby league team which shares the club’s John Smith’s Stadium – include their three Denmark internationals in 6ft 6in midfielder Philip Billing, 6ft 5in goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and 6ft 3in centre-back Zanka.
Forwards Laurent Depoitre and Steve Mounie are also both 6ft 3in, while recently-appointed captain and defender Christopher Schindler is 6ft 2in.
4. West Ham's unbeaten record (2)
West Ham United’s away form may be ‘unacceptable’, without a win on their travels this calendar year, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini, but the Irons remain unbeaten at London Stadium in 2019.
In fact, since losing to Watford on 22 December, the Hammers have beaten Birmingham City, Arsenal, Fulham and Newcastle United and drawn with Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool to make it six games without defeat in all competitions in Stratford.
Should West Ham avoid defeat again and extend that to seven, they will close to within two matches of Slaven Bilic’s side, who went nine home matches unbeaten at the Boleyn Ground to kick-off 2016, winning six and drawing three.
5. Pass-happy Huddersfield
With Huddersfield bottom of the Premier League, you might expect Jan Siewert’s side to be a team which struggles to keep possession, but that is not the case.
The Terriers actually average more passes per game than West Ham United – 435 to 422 – with both teams averaging 299 accurate short passes in each match they play.
Huddersfield’s strength, as you might expect with so many tall players in their team, is making accurate long passes of 20 yards or more. Only Wolverhampton Wanderers complete more of them per game than the visitors 33.4 on average.