Arsenal v Southampton Premier League betting preview and tips
Southampton might have upgraded Mark Hughes by recruiting Ralph Hasenhuttl, although they are still in a spot of bother and languish in the relegation places after a 2-1 reverse against Cardiff.
The Saints continue to average less than one point per Premier League match and they effectively head to the Emirates Stadium with twelve games to preserve their top flight status.
Southampton face an Arsenal team who are 10-2-1 at home this season, with the Gunners generally predisposed to put teams away in front of their own supporters, especially those on the lower rungs of the Premier League table.
However, Unai Emery’s side have recently been overtaken by Manchester United in the standings and it’s worth noting that they lost the reverse fixture against the Saints when losing 3-2.
Arsenal were far from convincing when winning 2-1 at Huddersfield in their latest match where the Terriers conjured plenty of chances and could have got something from the game if they had scored earlier.
The Gunners were also made to work for their 2-1 win over Cardiff at the Emirates Stadium, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette providing the quality to get over the line in that particular contest.
While the London side are expected to dominate possession in this encounter, we think that Southampton are capable of making this a closer contest than the odds suggest.
The Saints nearly won at Burnley recently before conceding a late penalty and they also landed a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge and a 2-1 win away to Leicester. It’s clear that the Hasenhuttl approach lends itself more effectively when the team take to the road.
Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse are capable of proving effective in wide attacking positions and the biggest quandary for this team is how goals are going to be scored.
Southampton +1.5 @ 1.65 with bet365
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