Arsenal were given a huge scare in the third round of this competition a few weeks ago, when Leeds United came within minutes of knocking them out. That would have set up a feisty Yorkshire derby, but Huddersfield will be more than pleased with their opponents as they get a trip to the Emirates Stadium this Sunday.
Arsenal head into this game on the back of some great form, with Arsene Wenger’s men scoring for fun at the minute having hit twelve goals in their last four. All four of those games have resulted in victories and this form has propelled them into 2nd place in the Premiership, although they are still five points away from leaders Manchester United. They approach this fixture having just lost once in their last ten and worrying for Huddersfield, they have won six and drawn two of their last eight at home. With the Gunners still in all four competitions, it certainly seems as though everything is swinging in their favour as this game nears.
Huddersfield meanwhile are also enjoying a great season in the league, with the Terriers sat in 3rd position having collected forty three points from their opening fixtures. It means that they are level on points with 2nd place Bournemouth, with goal difference the only thing separating the two clubs at the moment. While they did experience a goalless draw in their last outing, in general there have been plenty of goals involving the Terriers in recent weeks which certainly bodes well for this fixture. Fifteen goals have been scored in their last four games and with Huddersfield scoring seven of those; it perhaps highlights a touch of inconsistency in their recent form. However, their league position speaks volumes and with Lee Clark desperate to make a name for himself, you certainly wouldn’t write them off for this one even if forty five league places separate the two clubs.
On the team news front, Arsene Wenger is likely to make wholesale changes for this one as he sticks with his rotation policy. Several players are likely to be rested although there could be a place for Manuel Almunia, who could return after missing the past few months through injury. The visitors meanwhile have been hit with some bad news with striker Jordan Rhodes out with an ankle problem. Elsewhere, Benik Afobe is ineligible, while Tamas Kadar is set to miss out through a hamstring problem.
As for a prediction, we have to go with the obvious. They may have struggled against Leeds in their last game in this competition, but in general Arsenal always get to the latter stages – however many big names they leave out. Huddersfield will put up a fight, but we’ll predict a 2-1 victory for the home side.