In a Saturday afternoon encounter, Unai Emery’s Arsenal will welcome Huddersfield Town to the Emirates. The hosts drew their last match against Manchester United and will look forward to add three points to their tally against the struggling Terriers.
David Wagner’s side are reeling at the 17th spot of the league table. They have gathered only 10 points from the season so far, 7 of which came in three matches they played in November. The team have lost both Premier League outings since then. In a nutshell, Huddersfield will find it hard to snatch anything positive from an in-form Arsenal side. However, the boss will hope for some miracle to happen for sure.
Arsenal suffered a huge setback during the midweek fixture at Old Trafford, as both Rob Holding and Aaron Ramsey got injuries within the first half. The defender is going to be out of action for a long time while the Welshman is likely to miss the weekend game as well.
Additionally, Danny Welbeck, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Nacho Monreal are expected to be unavailable while there are doubts over Mesut Ozil too. The German, in fact, has not featured in the last three Premier League matches and naturally, the onus to deliver useful through-balls and passes will be largely on Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. On the other hand, Alexander Lacazette is expected to feature from the beginning in this game.
Following is the predicted lineup for Arsenal:
For Huddersfield, primary concern is that Philip Billing and Steve Mounie, two regulars in the first team, are suspended for the upcoming game. To add more woes to this, Abdelhamid Sabiri is also out due to a broken collarbone while Terence Kongolo, the goalscorer from the last match, is going to be absent due to fatigue. Amidst all these, only positive sign is that full back Chris Lowe is nearing his return, but it is still unsure whether he will be able to start the Arsenal game.
Here is our predicted lineup for the visiting team:
It should be a cakewalk for the home side, and we predict a 3-0 win for the Gunners. Aubameyang and Lacazette are both expected to score against the struggling defense of Huddersfield. As a matter of fact, they conceded 26 goals from 15 games so far.
Arsenal win: 2/7
Huddersfield win: 12/1
The two teams will kick off their head-to-head affair at 3pm local time (10am Eastern time, 8:30pm Indian time). The match will be telecast live at CNBC, NBC Sports Gold in the USA. It will not be shown live in the UK, but for live streaming links, please send us a message to our official Facebook page.