Huddersfield v West Ham: Arnautovic return should fire Irons ahead

Huddersfield manager David Wagner.
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Dan Fitch thinks that Huddersfield will have problems on their hands against West Ham's dangerous attack.

"Only two teams have had less corners than Huddersfield this season."

Back West Ham to win the corners match bet against Huddersfield at [2.28]

Huddersfield [3.6] v West Ham [2.34]; The Draw [3.3]
Saturday 10 November, 15:00

Huddersfield still struggling to score, despite win

Huddersfield won their first game of the season last weekend and now they have the opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone.

Their match at home to Fulham on Monday night was an intriguing battle between two struggling sides with contrasting issues. Huddersfield were the Premier League's lowest scorers, while Fulham had conceded more than any other team. It was Huddersfield that managed to find a way to win, but their 1-0 victory only came thanks to an own goal from Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

The last goal scored by a Huddersfield player was Christopher Schindler's effort against Burnley at the beginning of October. David Wagner will hope that West Ham's far from reliable defence, will provide an opportunity for one of his players to end that run.

Two members of Wagner's squad who won't find the net, are the injured Erik Durm and Danny Williams. Aside from that duo, Huddersfield have a fully fit squad to choose from, with no suspensions.

Arnautovic makes big difference for West Ham

Like their opponents, West Ham also picked up a valuable win last week, ending a run of four games without a victory.

West Ham ran out as 4-2 winners at home to Burnley, after a second-half that ended in a flurry of goals. The concern going into this match is that Burnley, like Huddersfield, are hardly a free-scoring team, yet managed to find the net twice. It was the sixth consecutive game in which West Ham have conceded.

Scoring goals has also been a problem for West Ham of late, but the return of Marko Arnautovic to the starting lineup after injury, prompted a much better attacking performance. Since being switched to a striker role last season, Arnautovic has become a talismanic figure for the Hammers and they are much more dangerous with him in the team.

Arnautovic's return was a big boost for Manuel Pellegrini at a time when he is without several members of his squad. Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko are all injured, while Mark Noble is suspended.

Play safe if backing the Hammers

The visitors West Ham are the [2.34] favourites, with the draw at [3.3] and Huddersfield at [3.6].

The attacking threat of West Ham makes them worthy favourites, but their price is a little too slim to recommend. If you do fancy the away victory, hedge your bets by backing West Ham at [1.64] in the Draw No Bet market, as it would be no surprise if this clash between two struggling teams ended in a stalemate.

Corners can be key for visitors

Only two teams have had less corners than Huddersfield this season, so it's a surprise to see them as favourites in the Corners Match Bet market.

Huddersfield are [1.88], with West Ham at [2.28] and the draw at [7.0]. West Ham rank 13th in the top flight for the number of corners awarded, but one suspects that they would be higher if not for the fact that they have already faced eight of the current top ten teams in the Premier League.

Against Burnley they comfortably won the corners battle ten to four, as Felipe Anderson and Grady Diangana enjoyed good games on the flanks. West Ham look good value to enjoy corner supremacy again.

Arnautovic big price to score

Arnautovic has scored five goals in nine games for West Ham this season, following on from a good run when former manager David Moyes made him the team's striker towards the end of last's season's campaign. The Austrian is [2.62] to add to his tally.

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