Prediction and odds for the game: Huddersfield (15/4) v West Brom (3/4)
We are backing the away win
When: Friday, 17th July 2020, Kick-off 17:30
Where: The John Smith’s Stadium
On Friday evening, Huddersfield host West Brom at the John Smith’s Stadium, in what is a massive game at both ends of the Championship table.
The Terriers are just three points clear of the relegation, with two league matches remaining. A victory in this clash could all-but secure Town’s Championship status for next season. However, wins have been in short supply of late for the team from Yorkshire, as they have won just once in their last eight league matches.
A lack of goals has been a major problem for the last few seasons. This season Huddersfield are fourth-lowest scorers in the second tier. Their lack of attacking potency has been illustrated in the fact that the Terriers have failed to score in their previous four league matches. However, on the flip-side, Danny Cowley’s team has kept clean sheets in four of their previous five league matches.
Town have been inconsistent on home soil in the Championship in recent games. However, they have failed to win in three home matches in the second tier, having failed to score in all three games.
While Huddersfield looks to stay in the Championship, West Brom are desperate to get out of it via promotion to the Premier League. The Baggies are second place in the table, two points behind league leaders Leeds. However, the Whites could secure promotion on Thursday night with a win over local rivals Barnsley.
If Marcelo Bielsa’s side does secure promotion that will leave West Brom and third-place Brentford to battle it out for the other automatic promotion spot. The visitors are currently just a point ahead of the Bees, who have the best goal difference in the Championship. That means Slaven Bilic’s team cannot afford to slip-up in this clash.
A 0-0 draw against Fulham last time out means that the Baggies are five games unbeaten in the Championship. It was their second straight league draw, which could prove to be their undoing in the promotion race if they fail to go up automatically.
The team from the Midland’s has been inconsistent on their travels of late in the Championship, winning just one of their previous four league matches on the road.
This game could be a defining one for both teams. Although the Baggies have not been great on their travels of late, we are backing the visitors to record a victory. The other bet we are backing is under 2.5 goals scored. Huddersfield tends to be involved in a lot of low-scoring games, while West Brom’s recent away matches have also been low-scoring.
Verdict: We are backing the away win at odds of 3/4 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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