Bottom of the table Huddersfield Town host top four chasing Arsenal on Saturday with the two sides looking to bounce back from difficult defeats.
Huddersfield are in desperate need for points after a 5-0 thrashing away to Chelsea and a win against Arsenal would do the Terriers the world of good as they look to stay in the Premier League.
The Gunners are only three points off a Champions League spot and will see a trip to the John Smith’s’ Stadium as a game they need to be win if they want to get into the top four.
Huddersfield are looking to break a three match losing streak, meanwhile the Gunners are seeking their first away clean sheet of the season and to stop a run of six away defeats in a row.
Check out 90min’s preview of the game below.
Where to Watch
|When is Kick-Off?||Saturday 9 February|
|What Time is Kick-Off?||15:00 (GMT)|
|Where is it Played?
||John Smith’s Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Gillette Soccer Saturday/BT Sport Score|
Isaac Mbenza, who was brought off injured in their last game against Chelsea, is a doubt for Huddersfield, but it’s suggested that he could start on the wing, while Elias Kachunga could play in the same role he featured in against the Blues.
Jonathan Hogg is given a positive chance of playing after picking up an injury, but Abdelhamid Sabiri and Danny Williams are almost certain not to play.
Defensively, Arsenal have a real injury crisis with Hector Bellerin and
|Huddersfield Town||Lossl; Smith, Kongolo, Schindler, Lowe; Mooy, Bacuna, Billing; Mbenza Kachunga, Diakhaby.|
|Arsenal||Leno; Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Iwobi, Torreira, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Lacazette, Aubameyang.|
Head to Head Record
In December it took an outstanding Lucas Torreira overhead kick to break the deadlock at the Emirates. Despite being under new manager
Huddersfield are in desperate need of a win and haven’t won in 2019 – their last victory was away to Wolves in November. This will be their fourth game in a row against a top eight team and even a draw against Emery’s team would be a success.
There hasn’t been a lot to shout about at the John Smith’s Stadium as Huddersfield have only won one game at home – when they beat Fulham in November.
If they are to stay up this season it won’t be down to this game, it’ll be down to the results against the teams around them – in January the Yorkshire outfit only picked up one point against fellow strugglers Burnley and Cardiff.
Arsenal, however, have been hit and miss. They lost last time out to City, but beat Chelsea the game before that.
They need to be more consistent if they are to be a Champions League team again.
|Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield (2/2)||Man City 3-1 Arsenal (3/2)|
|Huddersfield 1-0 Everton (29/01)||Arsenal 2-1 Cardiff (29/1)|
|Huddersfield 0-3 Man City (20/1)||Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd (25/1)|
|Cardiff 0-0 Huddersfield (12/1)||Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea (19/1)|
|Bristol City 1-0 Huddersfield (5/1)||West Ham 1-0 Arsenal (12/1)|
With defensive problems it wouldn’t be surprising if there are some goals in this one, but Huddersfield need to find a consistent scorer as defender Zanka is their current leading scorer with only three goals.
Prediction: Huddersfield 1-3 Arsenal