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Huddersfield’s PL misery to continue against Arsenal

08 February 2019 | Premier League | Preview
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Huddersfield’s PL misery to continue against Arsenal
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The 2018-19 season has been a train wreck for Huddersfield. The Terriers are on their way back to the Championship and will return to the second division having put up little fight. Huddersfield are 13 massive points from safety with 13 games to play. There is no hope.

There is hope for Arsenal, however. The Gunners are three points off of the top four and a return to Champions League football. Last weekend’s loss to Manchester City was a setback, but it wasn’t wholly unexpected against the current league leaders.

The loss allowed Chelsea and Manchester United to leapfrog the Gunners as they slipped to sixth. Saturday’s trip to the John Smith’s Stadium is a vital game for Arsenal as they need all three points.

Arsenal defeated Huddersfield 1-0 in their previous meeting this season. It was, perhaps, the past time Huddersfield put in a stern defensive effort. The Gunners took nearly all 90 minutes to find the winner, but win they did, Huddersfield’s players’ heads dropped.

Huddersfield have now played three games since David Wagner’s dismissal on January 14th. All three games ended in losses with Huddersfield embarrassingly held to a trio of clean sheets. The Terriers’ attack has had no bite and just 13 goals have been scored. Defensively they have allowed the second most goals (46) and after their relegation will be considered one of the Premier League’s worst teams ever.

Arsenal have had an injury crisis over the last month-plus. Key players have been ruled out long-term limiting manager Unai Emery’s selection. Arsenal made no significant January signings, and making matters worse was the news of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Laurent Koscielny picking up illnesses this week.

According to Emery’s latest pre-match press conference, Koscielny is back in training while Aubameyang should be fit to face Huddersfield. The news gets even better for Arsenal fans, although Huddersfield supporters won’t be happy, as Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are once again training with the team. Both players are in contention for a place in Saturday’s team.

In their last five meetings, Arsenal have not lost to Huddersfield. In four of those five meetings just one goal separated the two teams. Despite Huddersfield and Arsenal games being low scoring, there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Arsenal's last 12 away league games. Saturday’s fixture should see Arsenal win by two clear goals as they heap more problems onto the poor Terriers. The end of the season can’t come quick enough for Huddersfield as someone needs to end the dogs’ misery.

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14. Bournemouth 41 35 12 5 18 49 62 -13
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16. Southampton 36 34 9 9 16 40 57 -17
17. Brighton 34 34 9 7 18 32 53 -21
18. Cardiff City 31 35 9 4 22 30 65 -35
19. Fulham 23 35 6 5 24 33 76 -43
20. Huddersfield 14 35 3 5 27 20 69 -49

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