Preview - Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal 9 February 19

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Feb 08, 2019, 05:43 AM Last Edit: Feb 08, 2019, 07:53 AM by Harry85
Match Day 26
Huddersfield Town vs. Arsenal
Saturday, February 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: John Smith's Stadium

Huddersfield Town: 
Last five matches form: L D L L L
Average goals per match: 0.52
Average goals against per match: 1.84
Top Scorer: Mathias Jørgensen (3)

Last five matches form: W L W W L
Average goals per match: 2.05
Average goals against per match: 1.44
Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (15)

The Huddersfield Town relegation train continues to trundle on to its Championship final destination, with the wheels having now well and truly come of their Premier League campaign. No game is easy when you can't score a goal, and it will be a surprise should they manage to get anything out of their Match Day 26 clash with Arsenal.

Having said all that, there hasn't been too much between the sides of late, with Arsenal winning this game last season 1-0, and coming out on top by the same score-line earlier this season at the Emirates.

Abdlehamid Sabiri, Danny Williams and Isaac Mbenza are out for the Terriers. Arsenal will be without, Sokratis, Rob Holding, Héctor Bellerín and Danny Welbeck, with doubts surrounding a few others - most notably top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

There's little to say about Huddersfield's recent form other than it has been awful. Picking up just one point from the last 36 available, they have failed to score in their past four and are simply woefully overmatched in this division at present.

Arsenal weren't particulary good when played off the park at Manchester City last week, but won't be the last side to have that happen to them and face a huge step down in terms of the quality of opposition here. The Gunners have impressively scored two or more in eight of their twelve away games, and if able to repeat that here should win against the most goal shy side in the league.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 0 - 2 Arsenal


Half time:  0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  15 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 0
Possession: 55% - 45%

Christopher Schindler, Terence Kongolo and Adama Diakhaby were all booked for the home side, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal also having their names taken by referee Jonathan Moss.
A display much like a good number of Huddersfield's this season. To have more possession than, and outshoot this Arsenal side was decent performance, but that almost total lack of an inability to take chances came back to haunt them once again - even the goal they did score on the day was an own goal. Arsenal for their part created daylight in the game relatively early, and never really looked like loosening their grip on the points.

Arsenal took the lead in the 16th minute. Alex Iwobi had already been found in space twice down the right by this stage, but the Terriers didn't heed the warning and paid the price. Sead Kolasinac drifting a cross towards the back right of the area from the left-hand side. Iwobi volleying first time on goal as the ball dropped to him, and seeing his effort take a big deflection before beating Ben Hamer at his near post.

The second arrived one minute before the break. Arsenal breaking into the right again and Ainsley Maitland Niles firing in a wicked low cross for Alexandre Lacazette to apply the finishing touch from a few yards out. 0-2 at the interval.

It was a spirited effort from Huddersfield in the second half, but they had to wait until the fourth minute of stoppage time to grab a consolation. Adam Diakhaby's dinked effort over the keeper causing a scramble as the ball drifted towards the line and Kolasinac in the end poking into his own net. 1-2 final score.

An expected but nevertheless crucial win on the road for the Gunners. They need to keep the points total ticking over if they are to maintain their chase for the Champion's League positions. They sit fifth after this, one point behind Manchester United. Huddersfield's fate is now surely sealed. Rock bottom and 14 points off safety, a miraculous comeback does not look on the cards.

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