Two clubs with new managers, yet two very different league campaigns. Huddersfield Town have had to deal with a much loved manager departing at a crucial part of their season with a new manager with more than a mammoth of a task on his hands to keep them in the top flight. Then you have Arsenal with a new manager who will soon have the weight of the Arsenal fan expectations on his shoulders too. When things are good for Arsenal they’re great, but when they’re bad everyone knows about it.
This fixture played last year on the 13th May had a special guest in actor Patrick Stewart. That fixture ended in a 0-1 loss for Huddersfield, and will be hoping that they’re not left wishing that Scotty will beam them up in this weekend’s fixture. A key game for both sides set to take place at 3pm Saturday.
If you’ve already scrolled down to check out Huddersfield’s home form, you’ve probably already written off backing them. This coupled with a new manager doesn’t really add to the confidence of including them in any ACCA’s either… If anything, the goal for Jan Siewert has to be to remain in the Premier League this season.
Further bad news for Huddersfield in that recent reports have indicated that both Isaac Mbenza (torn calf muscle) and Jonathan Hogg will most likely miss out, joining Danny Williams and Abdelhamid Sabiri on the lost of non-starters. This is not the kind of news The Terriers wanted after being thumped 5-0 when visiting the West side of London to face Chelsea.
Top scorer for Huddersfield in the league is Mathias Jorgensen with 3 goals, which doesn’t really stack up in comparison with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 15 total. A tough task awaits Huddersfield in an exercise which will most likely be more focused around damage limitation when taking into account they haven’t won a game in any of their last 13 matches across all competitions.
Huddersfield Town Home Premier League Form
|29.01.2019||LOSS||Huddersfield Town 0 – 1 Everton|
|20.01.2019||LOSS||Huddersfield Town 0 – 3 Man City|
|02.01.2019||LOSS||Huddersfield Town 1 – 2 Burnley|
|22.12.2018||LOSS||Huddersfield Town 1 – 3 Southampton|
|15.12.2018||LOSS||Huddersfield Town 0 – 1 Newcastle|
In contrast, Arsenal’s season has been going relatively well with all things considered. With a new manager, this season will have been about strengthening the squad and challenging for a Champions League place. This was on track before yet another new manager decided to have his say in rejuvenating a Man Utd squad which was lacking in confidence and who have just over taken Arsenal in this race pushing them down to 6th place. We should also keep in mind that United across their last five games in the league carry the best form in the EPL with 4 wins and 1 draw.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is certainly using this season to show us what he’s capable of since joining from Dortmund in the January window last year. Aubameyang’s 15 goals see’s him occupy the number 2 spot right behind Mohamed Salah of Liverpool.
Arsenal also come in to this game off the back of a loss in the league, although the 3-1 defeat to City was nothing to be ashamed of. Their first half display would have pleased even the most pessimistic of Arsenal fans, but unfortunately the goal delivered by City at the end of the first half would prove to be something of a hammer blow to their confidence. In the second half it wasn’t the same team who had fought so valiantly in the first half, and Man City capitalised on this, and by the end of the game the scoreline was fortunate for Arsenal to have just been three goals against.
This is a must win game for Arsenal since as far as bankers goes, it doesn’t get more clear cut than this. We’re expecting goals from Arsenal, and if they don’t manage two or more, it says something about their confidence and where they are currently as a team.
Arsenal Away Premier League Form
|03.02.2019||LOSS||Man City 3 – 1 Arsenal|
|12.01.2019||LOSS||West Ham 1 – 0 Arsenal|
|29.12.2018||LOSS||Liverpool 5 – 1 Arsenal|
|26.12.2018||DRAW||Brighton 1 – 1 Arsenal|
|16.12.2018||LOSS||Southampton 3 – 2 Arsenal|
Head to Head Statistics
|08.12.2018||Premier League||Arsenal 1 – 0 Huddersfield Town|
|13.05.2018||Premier League||Huddersfield Town 0 – 1 Arsenal|
|29.11.2017||Premier League||Arsenal 5 – 0 Huddersfield Town|
|30.01.2011||FA Cup||Arsenal 2 – 1 Huddersfield Town|
|06.08.2008||Pre-Season Friendly||Huddersfield Town 1 – 2 Arsenal|
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 01:00 GMT 09/02/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
We can’t help but be a little negative when referencing Huddersfield unfortunately. For any Huddersfield value bets, the best option would be to bet on the over and under for corners as it’s likely their defence will be kept busy. We are however expecting Arsenal to put in a performance here and take advantage of a chance to improve on their goal difference which lags some way behind the top four.
Total Goals over / Under, Over 2.5 @ 1.84 (16/19) with 188BET.
Aubameyang to score and Arsenal to win @ 2.50 (3/2) with William Hill.