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What the experts say as West Ham prepare for crucial Huddersfield Town clash

Slaven Bilic is facing the biggest game of his West Ham managerial career as the Hammers take on Huddersfield Town tomorrow evening.

Following three successive defeats in the Premier League, it is a must-win fixture for Bilic and his team.

The Hammers, on their return to the London Stadium, will be boosted by Andy Carroll’s timely comeback, while Cheikhou Kouyate is now fit enough to start from the first whistle.

However, the game won’t be easy as the Terriers have yet to taste defeat in their three games since winning promotion to the top flight.

Given Huddersfield’s bright start to the campaign, a number of experts are predicting a close game.

Here are what the experts have had to say about the game in east London.

Mark Lawrenson

Huddersfield have made a super start to the season, in total contrast to West Ham, who have really struggled.

Terriers fans will be confident they can keep that good start going, but I don’t see it being as easy as that.

This is West Ham’s first home game of the season, and I am expecting a big improvement from them.

I think Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has to make a big decision about midfielder Mark Noble, however. He is a top professional and has been a brilliant player for them, but does he still warrant a place in their side?

Based on recent performances, I would have to say no.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Paul Merson

Slaven Bilic needs a win. It’s West Ham’s first home game of the season and the fans will be turning up expecting the team to put on a show and beat Huddersfield. I wouldn’t want to be a West Ham player in the first 20 minutes of this match. If they don’t score early doors it could be messy because the frustration will build in the stands.

You wouldn’t put a penny on West Ham but if they get an early goal it could well turn into an easy night for them. However, if and Huddersfield keep things tight, the more the game goes on the more difficult it becomes for Bilic’s men.

Aaron Cresswell in action

My heart is going with the Londoners, who have been there before and have home advantage. But they are not playing well and they are up against an in-form side in Huddersfield. I’m just going to go for West Ham but again, I would not be surprised one bit if Huddersfield picked up all three points.

Paul’s prediction: 2-1

Paul Ince

West Ham have had a shocking start, and you can see why fans are getting worried about it. In Chicharito, they’ve got someone who can score goals, but this won’t be an easy fixture. They’ll be desperate to get a result, but Huddersfield can put up a fight.

Paul’s prediction: 1-1

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Outrights

West Ham to win 19/20

Huddersfield to win 100/30

Draw 5/2

Both teams to score 3/4

First goalscorer

Andy Carroll 5/2

Javier Hernandez 5/2

Diafra Sakho 7/2

Michail Antonio 7/2

Laurent Depoitre 4/1

Javier Hernandez celebrates his second goal of the game

Steve Mounie 4/1

Andre Ayew 9/2

Manuel Lanzini 9/2

Thomas Ince 9/2

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