Preview - Huddersfield vs Arsenal 13 May 2018

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Match Day 38
Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: John Smiths Stadium

Huddersfield Town: 
Last five matches form: D W L D D
Average goals per match: 0.76
Average goals against per match: 1.54
Top Scorer: Steve Mounie (7)

Last five matches form: D L L W L
Average goals per match: 1.97
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Alexandre Lacazette (14)

Having hoped to lead Arsenal out in Lyon for the Europa League final in his last game in charge, the Gunners elimination at the hands of Atletico Madrid means that Arsene Wenger instead bows out at……Huddersfield.

Huddersfield will arrive here in relaxed mood, with the relegation storm clouds having been blown away with back to back battling draws at Manchester City and Chelsea.

For Arsenal meanwhile, the 2017/18 campaign must go down as a largely disappointing one, although they have at least already secured sixth position and Europa League football next season. Their away day blues do seem to be continuing though, with their 3-1 defeat at the hands of an out of form Leicester City side extending their losing run away from the Emirates to seven games. No side in Britain has a worse 2018 away record.

Having finally worked his way into the side, Konstantinos Mavropanos finds himself out of it again having been sent off last week. With Laurent Koscielny also out, the visitors look pretty stretched at the back. Mohamed Elneny and Mesut Özil also miss out in midfield.

Danny Williams and Elias Kachunga look to be Huddersfield's main injury concerns.

Arsenal's absentees at the back are a concern, but they may just get away with it against this far from prolific Huddersfield side. The Terriers have scored more than one goal at home on only three occasions this season. Take Arsenal to finally arrest their away slump to send Wenger out with a win.

 Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1 - 3 Arsenal


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 -1
Shots:  18 - 9
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 44% - 56%

A relatively quiet afternoon for referee Michael Oliver, with just the one yellow card being issued to Huddersfield's Mathias Joergensen.

An evenly fought battle this one, with the only real difference being that Huddersfield were unable to take any of their chances whereas Arsenal did take one of theirs.

The home side had the better of the opening exchanges and were causing problems both from set pieces and open play. Tom Ince guilty of missing a sitter in the 11th minute when blazing over from around seven yards.

The match winning moment came in the 38th minute, and it came following the kind of slick passing move long associated with Arsene Wenger's Arsenal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexandre Lacazette and Aaran Ramsey combining to carve open the Huddersfield defence, Ramsey playing across goal to find Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sliding in to finish from point blank range.

Huddersfield again matched Arsenal in the second half, with Tom Ince again coming closest when forcing David Ospina into a smart stop low down to his left.

Given the work Arsene Wenger has done at Arsenal over the past two decades, it wouldn't have seemed quite right to see him go out with a defeat. It may have taken until the last game of the season, but Arsenal did finally win a Premier League match away from home in 2018. The Gunner's finish sixth and again head into the Europa League next season, although who will be at the helm remains to be seen.

Any place above 18th would have been the target for the season for Huddersfield, therefore a 16th placed finish is a perfectly satisfactory outcome for David Wagner and his men and gives the Terriers a solid foundation to build upon headed into next season.

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