Archive for November, 2017

Arsenal vs Huddersfield : Match Preview & Prediction

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Team News

 Arsenal
  • Mesut Ozil missed Sunday’s clash with Burnley through illness and Arsene Wenger may opt against playing him here with a view to this weekend’s clash with Manchester United.
  • With Alex Iwobi also unlikely to play due to a dead leg, Jack Wilshere will fancy his chances of making a first Premier League start of the season.
  • Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud will push for the chance to lead the line if Wenger wants Alexandre Lacazette fresh for the reception of Manchester United.
 Huddersfield
  • Rajiv van La Parra is suspended after being sent off at the end of their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
  • David Wagner will almost certainly have to ring the changes for the trip to Arsenal after their draining performance at the weekend.
  • Part of those changes should see Steve Mounie start his first game since September, while Elias Kachunga will come back into the reckoning after failing to get on against City.
  • Chris Löwe may also regain his starting spot at left-back, while Abdelhamid Sabiri and Florent Hadergjonaj may also get rare chances to start.

Match Facts

Arsenal have won their last 11 home matches (Premier League).

Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 9 home matches (Premier League).

Huddersfield have failed to score in their last 5 away matches (Premier League).

Arsenal have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 7 home matches (Premier League).

Huddersfield have lost their last 3 away matches (Premier League).

Huddersfield have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3away matches (Premier League).

Prediction

  • While Arsenal stole all three points at the death against Burnley on Sunday, Huddersfield suffered heartbreak in the dying embers of their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
  • The Gunners know they will be in for a tough game on Wednesday night but fatigue may really prevent Huddersfield from turning in another display as heroic as the one they managed against the Premier League leaders.
  • Arsenal have a huge match against Manchester United to follow but need to keep their focus on Huddersfield for now. Arsene Wenger’s side are unbeaten in their last 10 at the Emirates and have won nine of those. They should continue that trend in midweek.
Prediction:

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Lyon vs Lille : Match Preview & Prediction

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Team News

 Lyon
  • Look for Bruno Génésio to employ a decent amount of rotation, with Jordan Ferri and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa among those in line for a rare start.
  • Mariano may also be rested; Myziane Maolida has impressed in a handful of cameos and could make his full debut here, but Memphis Depay is also an option up top.
  • Nabil Fekir will return to the side here after missing Sunday’s match through illness.
 Lille
  • Lille may opt for a 4-3-3 or even a 3-5-1-1 as they seek to limit in-form Lyon.
  • Thiago Mendes remains a doubt through injury, meaning youngster Bissouma could get the call here.
  • Lille, through a lack of options in terms of the playing staff, once again won’t look radically different from Bielsa’s sides, even if the tactics are changed.

Match Facts

Lyon have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 matches (Ligue 1).

Lille have failed to score in 6 of their last 8 away matches (Ligue 1).

Lyon have won 5 of their last 6 matches (Ligue 1).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Lille‘s last 4 games (Ligue 1).

Lyon have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches (Ligue 1).

Prediction

  • Lyon will take this opportunity to keep their playing squad fresh; the absences of Morel and Traoré are frustrating, but Bruno Génésio will be confident of his team’s abilities against the league’s current crisis team.
  • Lille will see no shame in losing away to Ligue 1’s in-form side, but they lack the defensive solidity to stop Les Gones.
Prediction:

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