by Bulldog Drummond
Huddersfield must know that they are going down – it would be one of the all time escapes if they didn’t, and there is no sign of a turn around in recent games… Here is their league record since 1 December.
|01 Dec 2018||Huddersfield Town v Brighton and Hove||L||1-2|
|04 Dec 2018||AFC Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town||L||2-1|
|08 Dec 2018||Arsenal v Huddersfield Town||L||1-0|
|15 Dec 2018||Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United||L||0-1|
|22 Dec 2018||Huddersfield Town v Southampton||L||1-3|
|26 Dec 2018||Manchester United v Huddersfield Town||L||3-1|
|29 Dec 2018||Fulham v Huddersfield Town||L||1-0|
|02 Jan 2019||Huddersfield Town v Burnley||L||1-2|
|12 Jan 2019||Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town||D||0-0|
|20 Jan 2019||Huddersfield Town v Manchester City||L||0-3|
|29 Jan 2019||Huddersfield Town v Everton||L||0-1|
|02 Feb 2019||Chelsea v Huddersfield Town||L||5-0|
The defeat to Chelsea suggests nothing much is going Huddersfield’s way, and with no goals scored in the last four matches, they have a serious problem.
The only thing they might cling on to is that playing away is the weakest part of Arsenal’s game… Here is the away table. Last season in total Arsenal won four, drew four and lost 11 away games scoring just 20 goals. This season we have matched the number of wins after 13 away games and scored many more goals but this is not the level of improvement that was really hoped for.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks as if he is going to be available, but with our new loan signing also being a winger I suspect the best Mkhitaryan is going to get is a place on the beach.
Granit Xhaka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are reported to be training again, so could play or be beached. The ill pair, Aubameyang and Koscielny are looking to be fit and so again could play or at the very least also be beached.
On the subject of away games Mr Emery said, “We started very well away, changing also our mentality to get more points away, but now we need to recover this confidence, to recover this performance and the next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield.
“We know that defensively we need to do better. We’ve tried playing with three centre-backs and two centre-backs. We’ve won with three centre-backs and two centre-backs.”
The suggestion for this game is that all out attack should mean that after the first two goals go in Huddersfield will lose heart and that will be that. But the defence will have to be sorted at some stage – although one might expect fewer injuries at the back next season.
As for today, this all out attack approach could also be a response to the fact that Huddersfield have lost their last six home league games and they are third lowest in terms of points in the Premier League at this stage. From memory I think it was Derby who got the all time lowest. Huddersfield have scored one goal this year.
But Huddersfield must be aware of Arsenal’s away form – we have lost four and drawn just one of the last five away league games, not winning since beating Bournemouth in November. And we still don’t have an away clean sheet – the only Premier League club in this position.
We certainly ought to win, and only nerves and an awareness of two years of poor form away is going to give us a problem.
Here’s an early prediction of the team – this from the Standard
Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac;
Iwobi, Aubameyang; Lacazette
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