Huddersfield v West Brom preview: First Premier League meeting for duo
Last Updated: 04/11/17 2:38pm
Huddersfield and West Brom will meet for the first time in the Premier League when they go head to head at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.
This weekend's game will be the first meeting between the teams since the third round of the FA Cup in 2009/10 when West Brom won 2-0 at Huddersfield with goals from Graham Dorrans and Chris Wood.
Huddersfield sit in 13th place with 12 points after a good start to their maiden Premier League season, and will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.
West Brom are currently in a bad run of form having failed to win any of their last eight Premier League outings and losing their last two, leaving them just two points above the relegation zone.
West Brom midfielder Oliver Burke is fit for Saturday's trip. The £15m summer buy has made just two appearances this season due to a persistent injury problem but is available for Tony Pulis, despite being left out of Scotland U21s' squad.
James Morrison has seen a specialist in Holland as he continues to battle an Achilles issue and is not expected to return until after the international break, while Craig Dawson is out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury.
For Huddersfield, Steve Mounie could be given his first start since August having only made the bench since returning from a heel injury.
Elsewhere though, Phil Billing, Michael Hefele and Kasey Palmer are all sidelined for the Terriers
The last time these sides met in the league was in the 2000/01 season in the second tier - they haven't played each other in the top flight since 1971/72, with Huddersfield picking up one of only four home wins that season against the Baggies.
Huddersfield are looking to win back to back top-flight home games for the first time since they beat Ron Greenwood's West Ham and Brian Clough's Derby County in November 1971.
Huddersfield have won four of their last five top-flight home matches in November (L1) - two of those wins came against West Brom, in 1955 and 1970.
West Brom have won the exact same number of points after 10 Premier League games of the season as they did last term (10) - they ended that campaign in 10th.
David Wagner's side have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League games, having netted four goals in their opening two.
Tony Pulis's side have won just two of their last 19 Premier League games (D6 L11) - their opening two games of the 2017-18 campaign.
WBA have the oldest starting XI on average this season in the Premier League; 29 years, 161 days old. Their starting lineup against Man City on MD10 was the oldest seen in the Premier League this season (30y 177d).
West Brom's nine Premier League goals this season have been scored by eight different players, with only Jay Rodriguez netting more than once for the Baggies so far.
Conversely, Huddersfield Town's seven Premier League goals have seen three players share two goals each (Steve Mounie, Laurent Depoitre and Aaron Mooy), with the other being an own goal.
It is a must-win game for Huddersfield in my opinion. West Brom go and get two goals last week against Man City, and yet they can't score in other games. But because it is a must-win game for Huddersfield, I will go 2-0 to them.
Paul predicts: 2-0 (Sky Bet odds 9/4)
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West Brom go to Huddersfield as slight outsiders with Sky Bet this weekend, with an away win priced at 15/8 while victory for the hosts is 17/10 and the draw 19/10. Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre are both 5/1 to break the deadlock for the Terriers, but Salomon Rondon leads the first goalscorer market at 9/2.