West Brom to Strengthen Automatic Promotion Push



In their final home match of the season, Huddersfield are looking to take a step to safety, whereas West Brom, at the other end of the table, are looking to secure automatic promotion back to the Premier League after a two-season hiatus.


When and where?

The match will be held at The John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, kicking off at 5:30pm on Friday, July 17.


Previous meetings

This will be the first match against the Baggies hosted by Huddersfield outside the top flight since 2000. After doing the double over West Brom in the 2017/18 Premier League season, the Terriers succumbed to a 4-2 defeat to Friday’s opponents.


Team news

Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley has no injury concerns or suspensions, with Duhaney, Bacuna and Pritchard all looking to return to the starting team. It may be too soon for Frazier Campbell as he recovers from an achilles injury.


Kieran Gibbs remains a doubt for West Brom, but Matt Phillips may be in line for a return to the squad.


Last five matches

Huddersfield:

(D) 0-0 vs Sheffield Wednesday

(L) 0-2 vs Luton

(D) 0-0 vs Reading

(D) 0-0 vs Preston

(W) 0-3 vs Birmingham


Huddersfield’s near-complete lack of goals is worrying, as only one player (Karlan Grant) has made it into double digits with league goals. With two tough games coming up, the Terriers will need all the help they can get tonight.


West Brom:

(D) 0-0 vs Fulham

(D) 1-1 vs Blackburn

(W) 2-0 vs Derby

(W) 4-2 vs Hull

(W) 0-3 vs Sheffield Wednesday


West Brom’s strong form has only really been matched by Brentford, who are hot on their tail. Conceding three and scoring ten in their last five outings, the recent form leans in their favour


West Brom really can’t afford to drop any more points if they want to avoid the playoffs, but on the flip side, Huddersfield can’t afford to drop points either in the battle to avoid relegation. West Brom’s quality, as well as form, should pull them through against a weak Huddersfield side.



Match Preview written by Tom Cresswell