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MATCH PREVIEW: WEST HAM UNITED (A)

6 September 2017

Huddersfield Town will return to action following the first international break of the 2017/18 campaign when the Club travels to West Ham United.

David Wagner’s side will look to build on its impressive start to the Premier League season after collecting seven points from the opening three matches.

Town could become the first newly promoted side to keep a clean sheet in each of its opening four games of the season if the Club keeps a clean sheet against the Hammers on Monday 11 September 2017.

THE OPPONENT

Huddersfield Town will travel to the London Stadium for the first time after West Ham moved there at the start of the 2016/17 campaign.

In the first season at the Stadium used in the 2012 Olympic Games, the Hammers finished 11th with 45 points from 38 games.

Since being promoted back to the top flight of English football back in the 2011/12 season through the Play-Offs, West Ham United has impressed over the last five seasons finishing above 13th on every occasion.

Under the guidance of former player and now manager Slaven Bilić (above), the London-based club have competed in the Europa League over the last two campaigns being knocked out by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu on both occasions.

West Ham United currently sits bottom of the Premier League table after being beaten by Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle United in the Club’s opening three games.

Monday evening’s match will be the first home game of the season for West Ham United because the London Stadium was hosting the World Athletics Championships this summer.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

England international Joe Hart has made over 300 appearances in the Premier League and has kept over 100 clean sheets. The 30 year-old has received the Golden Glove award on four occasions, most recently in the 2014/15 season.

Club Captain Mark Noble (below) has been one of West Ham’s standout players over a number of campaigns. During the 2015/16 season he scored seven goals and is the driving force in the middle of midfield.

Two-time Premier League winner Javier Hernández is another player key to the Hammers. The Mexican international has scored 39 goals in 106 appearances; twice for West Ham this season.

NEW SIGNINGS

West Ham United signed five new players in the summer including two named above Joe Hart and Javier Hernández (below). Despite only five coming in, 19 left the Club included winger Robert Snodgrass who joined Sky Bet Championship side Aston Villa on loan.

One of the biggest names to join the Club in the summer was right-back Pablo Zabaleta. The Argentinian international has a 75% tackle success rate in the English top flight.

Winger Marko Arnautović will be suspended for Monday night’s game after being sent off in the Club’s 3-2 defeat to Southampton. The 28 year-old joined as the Club’s record signing and has scored 17 goals over the last two seasons.

WEST HAM’S LAST STARTING XI (4-5-1):

GK: Joe Hart

DL: Aaron Cresswell
DC: James Collins
DC: Angelo Ogbonna
DR: Pablo Zabaleta

CM: Mark Noble
CM: Edimilson Fernandes
CM: Declan Rice

AML: Michail Antonio
AMR: André Ayew

FW: Javier Hernández

TEAM NEWS – WEST HAM UNITED

Marko Arnautović is unavailable for West Ham after receiving a three match ban following the Hammers’ defeat to Southampton.

Cheikhou Kouyate and Andy Carroll could return for the Hammers after their respective knee and hip injuries.

TEAM NEWS - TOWN

Huddersfield Town will be without the services of Jonathan Hogg who is out with an ankle injury.

Defender Martin Cranie is also unavailable with a hip flexor issue, whilst Jon Gorenc Stanković will be out until Christmas after suffering an ACL injury last season.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are still available for Huddersfield Town supporters with a previous booking history.

For more information on ticket prices and how to buy them please click here!

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SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Huddersfield Town will wear the blue and white striped home kit, with white shorts and black socks.


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