Arsenal vs Southampton Premier League Predictions

Premier League Arsenal vs Southampton
Arsenal vs Southampton Premier League

Sunday 24th February, 14:05

With the top four race in the  Premier League heating up and the relegation battle becoming more desperate as each week goes on, Southampton travelling to North London to face Arsenal has significance at both ends of the table and could be a huge game by the end of the season.

Predictions

With the way that both of these sides are playing, it’s a genuine mystery to predict how this one will turn out, but home advantage will be a massive boost for Arsenal and a key to victory in this one.

The Gunners come into this game needing to put together a second consecutive Premier League win, something they haven’t done since the end of January when they beat Chelsea and then Cardiff. Southampton at home may be a straightforward fixture, but it may also be a tricky one, depending on which Saints turn up.

Southampton’s season may be based on relegation but the arrival of Ralph Hassenhuttl has given the team a boost and a win against Arsenal would potentially see them move out of the drop zone, if results go their way.

Since the Austrian’s arrival, the Saints have beaten Arsenal at home, Leicester away, Everton at home and drawn at Stamford Bridge, against Chelsea but have also lost twice against Cardiff and drawn against Crystal Palace and Burnley.

While Arsenal may be in a tough run at the moment, it’s worth bearing in mind that they haven’t lost at home in the league since the opening day defeat against Manchester City.

Meanwhile Southampton have only won three times away from home against Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Leicester. It’s hard to see them getting a fourth away win of the season, so Arsenal can take this 2-1.

Betting Tips

Arsenal are favourites for this clash so a home win carries little risk while it is also highly likely that both teams will score. Southampton know that they’ll need to attack a leaky and weak Arsenal defence so will likely get a goal at some point, but it won’t be enough to prevent a loss and this is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action.

Given that Unai Emery’s Arsenal have made a reputation for being slow starters and growing into the game once the second half is underway, this doesn’t seem like such a bad bet – unluckily for the top betting sites. You’d imagine that Southampton will be running out of energy towards the end of the game and if the scores are level late on, you’d fancy Arsenal to snatch a win.

Statistics

Head to Head

These two met earlier in the season for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s opening match in charge for the Saints, with a late Charlie Austin goal, capitalising on a Bernd Leno mistake, enough to give Southampton and the new boss a much needed win.

Stats

  • Arsenal have only lost once at home and only drawn twice so a win seems to be incredibly likely, while Southampton have actually won more games away (3) than they have at St. Mary’s (2), drawing three on the road and losing seven.
  • Against top six teams in the Premier League this season, Southampton have an aggregate score of 22 goals conceded and eight scored, so maybe the omens aren’t looking great for them.
  • Meanwhile Arsenal have got a decent record against the bottom 6, beating Huddersfield twice, Fulham twice, Cardiff twice, Newcastle once and Burnley once, losing only once to Southampton.
  • The last time Southampton won away at a top six side was back in 2016 when they beat Tottenham at the old White Hart Lane 2-1 when Ronald Koeman was still in charge. A Steve Davis double secured all three points for the Saints.
By:James Cooke

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

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