Arsenal v Huddersfield Town, Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 27, 2017
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Arsenal’s 100% home Premier League record is unlikely to be tested by shot-shy Huddersfield, who have conceded seven in their last two away games. The Terriers could be shattered after putting in so much effort to restrict Manchester City on Sunday.
Arsenal have only nine more league wins than Huddersfield in this fixture. They haven’t met in the league since 1971-72 when the Gunners won 1-0 at Highbury. More recently the Terriers lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the FA Cup in 2011 and drew 1-1 in the League Cup on their previous visit in 1993.
Mesut Ozil will miss the Huddersfield game as he recovers from an illness that ruled him out of Sunday’s win at Burnley after the German travelled with the Arsenal party. Of all the players to be unavailable against the massed ranks of the Huddersfield defence Ozil is probably the man Arsene Wenger would most like to be able to call upon after his team struggled to pick holes in a compact and well-disciplined Burnley at the weekend.
Huddersfield will be without Rajiv van la Parra who was dismissed after the final whistle of Sunday’s game with Manchester City.
Arsenal v Huddersfield Town Preview and Predictions
Arsenal are 3/14 in the betting to pick up the win. Huddersfield are priced at 18/1 and the odds on a draw are 34/5.
Huddersfield’s all energy high pressing style saps the energy. Taking on Arsenal at the Emirates three days after running themselves into the ground to restrict Manchester City to a 2-1 scoreline will severely test David Wagner’s resources against a side who like to let the ball do the work.
For all Huddersfield’s excellence this match might be a challenge too far for them. The Gunners have a 100% home record in the Premier League so far and have not yet failed to score more than a single goal at the Emirates. Huddersfield in contrast have only scored more than one goal once in the last 12 league games, although that was in beating Manchester United 2-1. Moreover they have failed to score at all in their last five Premier League away trips and their much vaunted defence has conceded seven in their last two away games, four of them last time out at Bournemouth.
Alexandre Lacazette is 13/5 for the first goal with Alexis Sanches a generous 31/10 given he is also on penalty duty. Given the possibility of a big score there are some very generous odds about for hat-tricks including 175/1 on Alex Iwobi.
Theo Walcott to score a hat-trick at 100/1
Walcott's overdue some Premier League goals. He's scored five hat-tricks for Arsenal in the past and his pace will scorch a visiting defence shattered after working so hard against Manchester City.
Arsenal to win 3-0 at 13/2
Huddersfield haven’t scored away from home in their last five games. Arsenal have scored at least twice in every home Premier League match.