West Ham vs Huddersfield Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

West Ham host Huddersfield this weekend as Manuel Pellegrini’s side look to close the gap on eighth place, with Watford engaged in an FA Cup clash this weekend. Whilst no Premier League game is a foregone conclusion, the Hammers should go into this game full of confidence as their opponents sit bottom of the table and 16 points from safety.

Whilst Huddersfield are seemingly all but relegation, they will be eager to at least avoid finishing the season at the foot of the Premier League table.

Considering Fulham only three points away, the Terriers will be hopeful they can get a result from this game to try and close that gap, as Liverpool travel to Craven Cottage on Sunday.

Below is all you need to know ahead of ?West Ham’s encounter with Huddersfield:


How to Watch

?When Is the Game?Saturday, 16th March?
?What Time Is Kickoff?15:00
?Where Is it Being Played??London Stadium
?TV Channel/Live Stream?N/A
?Referee?Jonathan Moss

Team News

According to Pellegrini there are no fresh injury concerns for ?West Ham – but unfortunately that doesn’t mean that he has his full squad available to him as there still are plenty of players sidelined with long term injuries. Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Winston Reid, and Andy Carroll are all unavailable for this game. 

Lucas Torreira,Jack Wilshere

?Huddersfield, who have won only three games all season, could be without as many as seven senior players with Jonathan Hogg, Adama Diakhaby, Danny Williams and Isaac Mbenza already ruled out and Demeaco Duhaney, Laurent Depoitre and Terence Kongolo all doubtful with knocks of their own. 


Predicted Lineups

?West Ham United?Fabiaski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Rice; Snodgrass, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Arnautovic.
?Huddersfield Town?Lossl; Smith, Schindler, Jorgensen, Durm; Stankovic; Billing, Mooy; Pritchard; Mounie, Kachunga.

Head to Head Record

Huddersfield actually have a surprisingly strong record against West Ham, winning 22 of the 42 games between the two sides. Unfortunately for the Terriers, they are yet to win any of the three games the teams have played since Huddersfield’s return to the ?Premier League

Marko Arnautovic,Terence Kongolo

West Ham have enjoyed playing Huddersfield in recent times, beating them comprehensively twice last season. Winning 2-0 at the London Stadium and 4-1 away from home.


Recent Form

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?West Ham United?Huddersfield Town
Cardiff City 2-0 West Ham (09/03)?Huddersfield 0-2 Bournemouth (09/03)
?West Ham 2-0 Newcastle (02/03)?Brighton 1-0 Huddersfield (02/03)
?Man City 1-0 West Ham (27/02)?Huddersfield 1-0 Wolves (26/02)
?West Ham 3-1 Fulham (22/02)?Newcastle 2-0 Huddersfield (23/02)
?Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham (09/02)?Huddersfield 1-2 Arsenal (09/02)


Prediction

?West Ham should have no problem dispatching Huddersfield this weekend. Given their disappointing performance away at ?Cardiff in their last game, Pellegrini will have his team suitably fired up and ready to get a result that will send the fans home happy.

Danilo,Manuel Lanzini

The home team just have too much firepower for Huddersfield to keep them at bay for a full 90 minutes. If the first goal is scored early, it could be a very long day for the Terriers.

Prediction: West Ham 3-1 Huddersfield

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Manchester United Join Race to Sign Adrien Rabiot on Free Transfer From PSG

Manchester United have joined the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot at the end of the season.

The France international midfielder has already held talks with Barcelona over a possible switch to the Camp Nou, as well as with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, with his contract at the Parc des Princes running out this summer.

But The Sun claims that Manchester United are looking to hijack their rivals’ transfer plans by bringing Rabiot to Old Trafford.

Red Star Belgrade v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Group C

United’s hierarchy were cautious about completing a deal for Rabiot due to a number of issues off the pitch which has seen the midfielder pushed out of Thomas Tuchel’s first team, having last featured in a matchday squad on 5 December.

But the club have recently made a u-turn and are now considering Rabiot as a long-term replacement for a number of their ageing midfielders – with the likes of Nemanja Mati?Ander Herrera and Juan Mata all on the wrong side of 30.

It was believed for some time that Rabiot would almost certainly be moving to Barcelona at the end of his deal, but the signing of Ajax star Frenkie de Jong has allowed other clubs to come in for the Frenchman as there are now concerns over first-team football in Catalonia.

The Sun’s report claims that Rabiot is one of the names on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer wishlist for this summer, something which all but confirms the Norwegan will be appointed as their full-time manager.

It had been heavily debated if Solskjaer’s form in the Premier League would be enough to land him the job at Old Trafford permanently, but the club’s outstanding comeback against Paris Saint-Germain no less now has him as the standalone contender.

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Real Madrid Star Isco Joins adidas Football Alongside Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale & Others

?Real Madrid midfielder Isco has officially joined adidas Football and will become the latest star to wear the brand’s unique NEMEZIZ boots, featuring alongside Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi as a ‘signature athlete’.

As well as Messi, Isco’s Real Madrid teammates Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Karim Benzema are also already part of the adidas Football family.


NEMEZIZ in particular allow football’s most ‘dynamic players to unlock their agility with a design  maximising movement and control at speed’. Isco will wear them for the rest of the season.

“adidas has a reputation amongst players for always providing the best tools to help athletes succeed,” Isco said. “My style of play is built on agility and creativity and the NEMEZIZ boots are perfect to help me bring out the best in my game.”

Gregory Fernandez, Senior Director Sports Marketing at adidas, added: “We are delighted to bring Isco on board as an adidas athlete.

“Unquestionably one of Europe’s most talented players, who plies his trade on the biggest stage for Real Madrid, Isco is a tremendous addition to the adidas family. I cannot wait to see him take his game to the next level in the coming years wearing the adidas NEMEZIZ boot.”

At the age of just 26, Isco has already won four Champions League titles. He also has La Liga and Copa del Rey success to his name and has played over 250 games for Real Madrid since joining the club in the summer of 2013.

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Sadio Mane: How His Electric Form Could Be Decisive in Liverpool’s Quest for the Premier League

It’s ?December 2015. Jurgen Klopp is still getting to know his Liverpool players, and Divock Origi has just run riot over Virgil van Dijk, netting a hattrick to secure the Reds’ advancement to the quarter-finals of the League Cup. Life is great.

The handsome victory – by six goals to one – was in many ways a precursor for what was to come in the Klopp era. The football was slick, the tempo was high, and that 4-3-3 shape that has served the German so admirably over the last 18 months or so was in full effect.

FBL-ENG-LCUP-SOUTHAMPTON-LIVERPOOL

?Given all the attacking prowess that was on show, then, it’s highly ironic that the most telling glimpse into the crystal ball that evening came from the one black spot on an otherwise perfect night for the Reds – ?Southampton’s opening goal.

It came courtesy of one Sadio Mane, as the Senegalese international got the better of Alberto Moreno at the back-post to head his side into an early lead. It was one of 15 goals throughout the season that would see him signed by ?Liverpool that summer.

Sadio Mane

A little over three years later, he’d repeat the feat to a letter to ?nod the Reds into the Champions League quarter finals at the expense of ?Bayern Munich; a carbon copy, save for the fact he was facing Manuel Neuer at his right, rather than Adam Bogdan at his left.

The parallel between the two events demonstrates, in almost poetic terms, the aspect of Mane’s game that he hasn’t been given near enough credit for until now. The guy has a knack for getting into goalscoring positions that is up there with the best of them.

Though he’s often portrayed as a supporting player; the lighting-quick winger who turns defence into attack, before the move is finished off by one of the Mohamed Salahs or Graziano Pelles he’s worked with throughout his career. He’s averaged better than a goal every three games since coming to the Premier League in 2014.

His consistency far pre-dates that of his attacking contemporaries Salah and Roberto Firmino, and recently, in his latest effort to take his game to new heights, he has stepped up to the mark while the form of the aforementioned duo has faltered somewhat.

Over the last ten games in which all three have featured, the naturally prolific Salah and Firmino have netted a modest six between them. The double against Bayern which ultimately sent Liverpool through was Mane’s tenth in the same period.

While the Bavarian brace was arguably the most important instance of goalscoring heroics in his career so far, however, some of the goals at the beginning of the same formidable run are underlined with a deceptive significance.

With Liverpool limping against West Ham and Leicester earlier in the year, it was Mane who stepped up to find the net in poor performances, securing 1-1 draws on each occasion. The results will hardly be remembered, but they nonetheless demonstrated an ability to assume the role that Salah had previously so often undertaken.

His recent showing in the 4-2 victory over Burnley – sharing the spoils with Firmino on this occasion – demonstrated his cool head when the pressure is on, as he casually embarrassed the in-form Tom Heaton, rounding the keeper in stoppage time to make absolutely sure of the points.

Sadio Mane,Tom Heaton

When he did the same to Manuel Neuer at the Allianz Arena just days later – overtaking Steven Gerrard as the club’s ?all-time leading scorer in European away games to boot –  it hammered home the point we should all be taking note of. Sadio Mane will be as important as anyone if Liverpool are to enjoy a famous finish to the season.

Time will of course tell if Mane’s Munich masterclass proves to be the catalyst it has been touted as, but if form since the turn of the year is any indicator, then you can be sure his contributions will have a part to play between now and May.

Let’

Sadio Mane: How the Forward’s Electric Form Be Decisive in Liverpool’s Quest for the Premier League

It’s ?December 2015. Jurgen Klopp is still getting to know his Liverpool players, and Divock Origi has just run riot over Virgil van Dijk, netting a hattrick to secure the Reds’ advancement to the quarter-finals of the League Cup. Life is great.

The handsome victory – by six goals to one – was in many ways a precursor for what was to come in the Klopp era. The football was slick, the tempo was high, and that 4-3-3 shape that has served the German so admirably over the last 18 months or so was in full effect.

FBL-ENG-LCUP-SOUTHAMPTON-LIVERPOOL

?Given all the attacking prowess that was on show, then, it’s highly ironic that the most telling glimpse into the crystal ball that evening came from the one black spot on an otherwise perfect night for the Reds – ?Southampton’s opening goal.

It came courtesy of one Sadio Mane, as the Senegalese international got the better of Alberto Moreno at the back-post to head his side into an early lead. It was one of 15 goals throughout the season that would see him signed by ?Liverpool that summer.

Sadio Mane

A little over three years later, he’d repeat the feat to a letter to ?nod the Reds into the Champions League quarter finals at the expense of ?Bayern Munich; a carbon copy, save for the fact he was facing Manuel Neuer at his right, rather than Adam Bogdan at his left.

The parallel between the two events demonstrates, in almost poetic terms, the aspect of Mane’s game that he hasn’t been given near enough credit for until now. The guy has a knack for getting into goalscoring positions that is up there with the best of them.

Though he’s often portrayed as a supporting player; the lighting-quick winger who turns defence into attack, before the move is finished off by one of the Mohamed Salahs or Graziano Pelles he’s worked with throughout his career. He’s averaged better than a goal every three games since coming to the Premier League in 2014.

His consistency far pre-dates that of his attacking contemporaries Salah and Roberto Firmino, and recently, in his latest effort to take his game to new heights, he has stepped up to the mark while the form of the aforementioned duo has faltered somewhat.

Over the last ten games in which all three have featured, the naturally prolific Salah and Firmino have netted a modest six between them. The double against Bayern which ultimately sent Liverpool through was Mane’s tenth in the same period.

While the Bavarian brace was arguably the most important instance of goalscoring heroics in his career so far, however, some of the goals at the beginning of the same formidable run are underlined with a deceptive significance.

With Liverpool limping against West Ham and Leicester earlier in the year, it was Mane who stepped up to find the net in poor performances, securing 1-1 draws on each occasion. The results will hardly be remembered, but they nonetheless demonstrated an ability to assume the role that Salah had previously so often undertaken.

His recent showing in the 4-2 victory over Burnley – sharing the spoils with Firmino on this occasion – demonstrated his cool head when the pressure is on, as he casually embarrassed the in-form Tom Heaton, rounding the keeper in stoppage time to make absolutely sure of the points.

Sadio Mane,Tom Heaton

When he did the same to Manuel Neuer at the Allianz Arena just days later – overtaking Steven Gerrard as the club’s ?all-time leading scorer in European away games to boot –  it hammered home the point we should all be taking note of. Sadio Mane will be as important as anyone if Liverpool are to enjoy a famous finish to the season.

Time will of course tell if Mane’s Munich masterclass proves to be the catalyst it has been touted as, but if form since the turn of the year is any indicator, then you can be sure his contributions will have a part to play between now and May.

Let’