Preview - Huddersfield Town vs AFC Bournemouth 09 March 19

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Match Day 30
Huddersfield Town vs. AFC Bournemouth
Saturday, March 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: John Smith's Stadium

Huddersfield Town: 
Last five matches form: L L L W L
Average goals per match: 0.52
Average goals against per match: 1.76
Top Scorer: Mathias Jørgensen (3)

AFC Bournemouth:
Last five matches form: L L D L L
Average goals per match: 1.34
Average goals against per match: 1.86
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson (10)

Huddersfield did at least put an end to that long winless run with a win over Wolves in their most recent home game. Their prospects for survival however remain bleak to put it mildly. Still 13 points adrift of safety, every game is a cup final for the Terriers now, and next up it's this home clash with 12th placed Bournemouth.

Bournemouth came out in top in the reverse of this fixture when winning 2-1 at the Vitality. Huddersfield will have happy memories of this game last season as they ran out 4-1 winners on the day.

Tommy Smith is suspended for the home side, with Jonathan Hogg, Laurent Depoitre, Danny Williams, Isaac Mbenza, Demeaco Duhaney and Adama Diakhaby all missing out through injury. Steve Cook, Simon Francis, Junior Stanislas and Lewis Cook are the Bournemouth absentees.

Huddersfield have lost 11 of 15 at home this season, never scoring more than once and failing to score at all on eight separate occasions. Their sole wins have come against Wolves and Fulham.

Bournemouth aren't in the best of form themselves, losing four of their past five in the league. Their form on the road has been positively dire. The Cherries have lost their past nine away fixtures in the league, failing to score in five of those games.

Huddersfield were good here against Wolves and again played with credit when losing only narrowly at Brighton. They might just have enough to pick up the points against one of the leagues poorest travellers here.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1 - 0 AFC Bournemouth


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  8 - 8
Shots on target: 1 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 57% - 43%

Elias Kachunga, Jon Stankovic and Aaron Mooy were all booked for the home side with referee Anthony Taylor also taking the name of Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth.

As with a good number of Huddersfield Town's fixtures this season, this was a pretty even game on the stats. The Terriers often are able to match sides in terms of general play, but it tends to be in the final third of the pitch where they generally outgunned, and so it proved in this one.

The Cherries opened the scoring in the 20th minute. David Brooks finding himself in acres of space between the lines in the Huddersfield half and slipping an incisive pass through to Ryan Fraser in the left of the area. Frasers cross from towards the by-line being chested in at the far post by Callum Wilson from only a couple of yards. 0-1 at the break.

The second goal was always going to prove crucial here, and it was Bournemouth who grabbed it seven minutes into the second half. Joshua King playing in Callum Wilson in the right of the area. Wilson drawing the keeper and defenders towards him as he drifted towards the by-line. He had spotted Fraser arriving in the area though, reversing the ball back across to him and Fraser finishing into the bottom right from around 10 yards. 0-2 final score.

Any thoughts of a miracle following the win over Wolves are now surely extinguished. Huddersfield remain rock bottom of the table and now 16 points of safety with only nine games to play. No change in the standings for Bournemouth who stay in 12th position.

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