Preview - Huddersfield vs Bournemouth Feb 11 2018

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Match Day 27
Huddersfield vs. Bournemouth
Sunday, February 11th, 2018
20:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: John Smith's Stadium

Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.7
Average goals against per match: 1.8
Top Scorer: Laurent Depoitre (5)

Last five matches form: W W D W D
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson (7)

Two sides heading in opposite directions clash at the John Smith's Stadium this coming Sunday as Bournemouth travel to Huddersfield.

The form of these two could scarcely be more contrasting with Huddersfield aiming to avoid a sixth successive defeat in the league, whilst Bournemouth look to extend their current unbeaten run to eight games.

Huddersfield certainly started this season in promising fashion, but have in the end almost inevitably been sucked into the mire of a relegation battle. Loss of form, fatigue and a mounting injury list all seem to have played a role in this slump to second bottom in the league, but unless they are able to find a solution soon they may find themselves cut adrift.

Bournemouth meanwhile are enjoying their best spell of the season, with that stunning win at Chelsea still fresh in the memory. Riding high in ninth, they look to have all but secured their survival and may well be able to relax and enjoy the home stretch.

This would look an evenly matched tie on the team's overall home and away records this season, but it's hard to ignore the current difference in the form of the sides. Huddersfield need to start winning soon, but we don't see them picking up anything here against Eddie Howe's flying Cherries. It may be tight, but we expect Bournemouth to come out on top.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Bournemouth


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots: 14 -6
Shots on target: 4 - 2
Corner Kicks:  2 - 5
Possession: 52% - 48%

Dan Gosling, Simon Francis and Lys Mousset were all booked for the away side, whilst Hudddersfield kept their noses clean.
The two sides were closely matched in terms of possession here, but Huddersfield certainly put the ball to better use, registering an impressive 14 efforts on goal. They were also ruthlessly efficient for a change, converting three of their shots on target into goals.
The home side flew out of the traps in this must win encounter, with Alex Pritchard slotting home nicely when teed up by Steve Mounie in just the seventh minute.
The home fans joy was initially short-lived however as Junior Stanislas latched on to a Ryan Fraser cross to fire home the equaliser for Bournemouth in the 14th minute.
Undeterred, Huddersfield were straight back on to the front foot. A concerted period of pressure paid off in the 27th minute when Steve Mounie headed home an excellent Aaron Mooy cross to put the home side back in the box seat. Bournemouth did rattle a post soon after, but Huddersfield headed into the break in front.
The Terriers began the second period in the ascendency, as the visitors struggled to gain any momentum. It was the double act of Aaron Mooy and Steve Mounie who teamed up again in the 66th minute to give David Wagner's men some crucial breathing space, with the Frenchman applying a smart finish with his left foot.
Bournemouth's frustrations boiled over in stoppage time as Dan Gosling toppled Alex Pritchard in the box. Rajiv van La Parra stepped up to convert the penalty and rub salt into the Cherries wound.
A massive result for Huddersfield this as they snapped a five match losing streak in the league in some style. Most importantly of all, this results pushes the Terriers up into 16th position and out of the dreaded relegation zone
For Bournemouth this result put an end to their seven match unbeaten run. Eddie Howes men remain in tenth position, six points clear of the drop zone.

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