Arsenal v Southampton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Arsenal v Southampton

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Thursday, November 14, 2019


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium with both managers under pressure coming into this game. The Gunners have not won in the league since the start of October and Southampton are currently in the relegation zone making this a crucial game for two teams fighting at opposite ends of the table.

Arsenal come into this game having not won in their last five competitive games. A run of four consecutive draws was further compounded by a 2-0 loss away at Leicester City. Unai Emery has faced constant criticism from fans and pundits alike and the pressure is constantly mounting on the Spaniard. The sour events which saw Granit Xhaka booed by his own fans and subsequently stripped of the captaincy was not the end of Emery’s issues as results and performances have continued to nose dive. The ‘soft’ tag which has plagued the Gunners in recent years is still evident as the team cannot hold on to the leads they are gaining, dropping points against Crystal Palace despite being 2-0 up and then against Wolves when being 1-0 up. Once the opposition improves such as against Leicester, the team are overrun and could not cope with the intensity and quality of their fellow top four challengers. The international break may have come at a good time and the group now need to reset to get their season back on track.

Southampton have had a torrid few months with the team winless in their last seven games. This run has seen them lose six games in all competitions with the only respite coming during a 1-1 draw away at Wolves. Performances have improved after their record-breaking 9-0 home loss at the hands of Leicester with the Saints almost holding the champions to a 1-1 draw. A late Kyle Walker goal broke Saint’s hearts and the same happened against Everton when a 75th minute Richarlison strike took away a valuable point. The issue now is that they need to accumulate points after improving performances but goals are coming at a premium. Southampton have not scored more than one goal in a league game since their 2-0 win over Brighton on the 24th August. Until this is addressed things look bleak for the Saints and some investment may be needed in the January transfer window.

In team news, manager Unai Emery faces a big call as to whether he brings back former captain Granit Xhaka. In recent interviews he has alluded to the fact that the Swiss international could be ready to play again but this game could still come too soon for him. Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are likely to continue as wing-backs with Aubameyang and Lacazette likely to leading the line up front.

Southampton could welcome back left-back Ryan Bertrand from suspension but will be looking to make a call on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who is recovering from concussion. Djenepo has played in recent games and could be the spark to push the Saints forward alongside Danny Ings, who is likely to start up front.

Over the years Arsenal have tended to dominate this fixture but in recent times the Saints have more than held their own. Both teams claimed home wins last season with Southampton winning 3-2 courtesy of a late Charlie Austin winner. Arsenal got their revenge at the Emirates when early goals from Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryian helped the Gunners ease to a 2-0 victory.

Despite both teams being in poor form we feel that Arsenal rightfully start this game as favourites. Home advantage and a stronger team on paper should be enough to see the Gunners over the line. With this in mind there is little value in backing an outright win and we feel backing the unders in the corner market might represent the best value. Currently Bet365 have priced under 12 corners at 5/6. We feel this is generous as this has only materialised once in the last six fixtures between these two.

Punter's Pick

Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium with both managers under pressure coming into this game. The Gunners have not won in the league since the start of October and Southampton are currently in the relegation zone making this a crucial game for two teams fighting at opposite ends of the table.

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