Arsenal’s midweek Europa League win sees the Gunners now 22-games unbeaten in all competitions a run that is expected to be 23 come the final whistle against Southampton. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and if you are after some additional value then check out our comprehensive selection of enhanced odds for the Premier League and from across Europe’s top leagues.
Hasenhuttl Will Need Time
Southampton will be hoping former Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl can turn their fortunes around this season, but having lost to Cardiff in his opening game, it could well take longer than first envisaged. The Bluebirds could have won that game by more following a dominant first half performance, and with those three points seeing Neil Warnock’s side climb out of the bottom six, that piles even more pressure on the Saints.
The hosts sit level on points with rock-bottom Fulham as only goal difference separates them, and having gone 14 games without a win in all competitions, including 12 in the Premier League, they can only hope for a miracle against the high-flying Gunners this weekend.
Indeed, Arsenal have won three of four unbeaten outings in all competitions with this south coast side since the start of 2017, while they remain unbeaten in 22 games in all competitions as they’ve won 16 of these.
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Saints Terrible Against Big Six
The Saints have a dismal record against the ‘Big Six’, losing 21 of 29 winless matches since the start of 2016/17. At St Mary’s, they’re on a current run of four defeats from five games against such opposition, as their only point came when hosting a below par Man Utd side. Conversely, the Gunners are W29-D7-L3 travelling bottom-six finishers since 2012/13 and current bottom-six sides.
Two of their stalemates and their only three defeats came last season when Arsene Wenger was already on the way out, as they recorded their worst Premier League finish for over 20 years, but with this reinvigorated outfit, we think they should be shorter-priced favourites.
Injury’s On Both Sides
Unai Emery may have a growing list of absentees at the back with Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis being suspended, while Rob Holding has been ruled out with a ruptured ACL, but with Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal returning to the fray, it shouldn’t be too big a problem.
The Saints have their own problems too with their top scorer Danny Ings a slight doubt as only Huddersfield have netted fewer than them, and so all in all we are very bullish on the Arsenal win.
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