Huddersfield v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 10, 2018
Kirklees Stadium – Premier League
Arsenal travel to Huddersfield on Sunday afternoon for the final match in Arsene Wenger's illustrious 22 year career as manager. The Terriers secured Premier League safety on Wednesday with a draw against Chelsea and there will be an atmosphere of celebration around Kirklees.
Arsenal hammered Huddersfield 5-0 in the reverse fixture thanks to goals from Mesut Ozil, Alexis Shanchez, Alexandre Lacazette and a brace from Olivier Giroud. The Gunners have never lost to their weekend opponents and won't want to start on Sunday.
David Wagner may decide to rotate his side to give some lesser-used players a run out on Sunday. Injuries to Danny Williams and Elias Kanchunga leave them sidelines whilst Michael Hefele and Tom Ince are both doubts.
Konstantinos Mavropanos is suspended after being sent off against Leicester, causing further problems for a back line without Laurent Koscielny. Mesut Ozil is likely to miss out, having picked up a problem in the win against Burnley, whilst Jack Wilshire also missed out on Wednesday, as his wife was in labour, and he may also be given leave on Sunday.
Huddersfield v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
Having secured their safety with an impressive midweek draw at Stamford Bridge, the Huddersfield players decided to take the coach home rather than a plane, to facilitate their revelry. The subsequent partying may not have been the ideal preparation for Sunday's match, however, with nothing to play for, Wagner will be able to field an entirely reserve team if he wants.
For Arsenal, Sunday also has little significance to their season, however, given the departure of Wenger over the summer, it allows for one final opportunity for fans and players to thank their manager. Having been surprisingly defeated by Leicester on Wednesday, the Gunners will be keen to regain some dignity and do their boss proud.
Despite the contrasting motivations, Arsenal have yet to win a point away from home in 2018, and shockingly have picked up seven away defeats in a row. Of course, it is rare for them to play against a team that are in Huddersfield's position, but if Wagner's side defend like they did against Chelsea, Wenger's last game could come to a disappointing end.
Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang to score first at 3/1
The forward scored yet again on Wednesday and is in fine form.
Arsenal to win to nil at 2/1
If Huddersfield show-up like they did against Chelsea they will be lucky to score, but Arsenal have the ability to crack their defence.