Huddersfield currently lie in the relative sanctuary of 11th in the Premier League table at present but even though there are seven places between them and the relegation zone there is only four points difference between them and Stoke who lie in 18th.
The Yorkshire outfit though have always managed to keep their heads above water and have never really been mentioned in relegation circles due to the fact that there is always something of a buffer between them and the bottom three.
With the position that they currently find themselves in, it is fair to say that David Wagner’s men are looking up the table than opposed to over their shoulders and a win today could also see them enter the top half of the table should results go their way.
For that happen they will need to earn all three points against today’s visitors West Ham, who come in here in the knowledge that if they can pick up maximum points then they would leapfrog Huddersfield. In turn aiding their own plight and perhaps heaping pressure on that of Huddersfield.
Huddersfield come into this game having not won any of their last four league outings and although three of them have been draws, the gap between them and teams in the midst of the relegation fight will only erode further should that streak become five this afternoon.
Their was at least some brief respite last weekend when they traveled to Bolton and managed to progress to the fourth round of the F.A. Cup thanks to a 2-1 win. Two Huddersfield goals in as many second half minutes meant that even Derik Osede goal in reply would not cause them any real trouble.
They will look to carry out that cup win into the league this afternoon and make life difficult for a West Ham side that are unbeaten in their last three league outings and have also lost just once in their last six in the same competition, a run of form that now sees them lie 15th in the table.
They maybe four places behind Huddersfield at the moment but they are only two points behind them, the same margin in which they sit above the drop zone. So the result today could go someway as to defining where they will be come the end of the weekend.
A win and they will be sitting very pretty indeed as the decision to hire David Moyes looks like something of a masterstroke, however defeat today and they could well be relying on other results over the course of the weekend to make sure they do not plunge into the bottom three.
Their last two outings have seen them earn draws, one was a good draw and the other not so much. The first was against Tottenham nine days at Wembley. It is fair to say that West Ham manager Moyes got his setup spot on that night as the frustrated Spurs throughout.
However it is not just the game plan that should receive the credit as Pedro Obiang’s hammer blow put his side in front with arguably the goal of the season so far. He was given enough time and space to shoot from 35 yards and it is fair to say he did not turn down the invitation.
An absolute screamer of a shot flew past the helpless Hugo Lloris to put the Hammers ahead, a goal that was certainly not in the script as Tottenham looked to make it a perfect record over Christmas and although Hueng min-Son would score a cracker of his own soon after it was a well earned point.
However the not so good draw came last weekend when Joe Hart made the return to his boyhood club Shrewsbury and as he struggled with the sun, the rest of his team struggled with the opposition. They avoided a cup upset but a replay is not what they would have wanted either.
The hope for West Ham fans is that they are more like the former example than the latter this afternoon and if that is the case then they will be confident of being able to pick up all three points, Huddersfield need to end this run of results but I don’t think it will happen today. I’ll go for an away win.