Arsenal v Southampton Premier League betting preview and tips

15:05 Sun 24 Feb
Football
England
Premier League
Tip: Southampton +1.5
Units: 1/5
Odds: -154

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.

BETTING TIP
Southampton +1.5 @ 1.65 with bet365

Team News

Arsenal: 4-2-3-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Southampton: 3-5-2 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 19
    Bernd Leno
  • 31
    Sead Kolasinac
  • 05
    Sokratis Papastathopoulos
  • 20
    Shkodran Mustafi
  • 12
    Stephan Lichtsteiner
  • 34
    Granit Xhaka
  • 11
    Lucas Torreira
  • 07
    Henrikh Mkhitaryan
  • 08
    Aaron Ramsey
  • 17
    Alex Iwobi
  • 09
    Alexandre Lacazette
  • 28
    Angus Gunn
  • 35
    Jan Bednarek
  • 04
    Jannik Vestergaard
  • 05
    Jack Stephens
  • 43
    Yan Valery
  • 23
    Pierre Emil Højbjerg
  • 14
    Oriol Romeu
  • 16
    Jamie Ward-Prowse
  • 33
    Matthew Robert Targett
  • 17
    Stuart Armstrong
  • 22
    Nathan Redmond

Premier League

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Liverpool 34 26 7 1 77:20 85
2 Manchester City 33 27 2 4 86:22 83
3 Tottenham 33 22 1 10 64:34 67
4 Arsenal 33 20 6 7 66:40 66
5 Chelsea 34 20 6 8 57:36 66
6 Manchester Unit 33 19 7 7 63:44 64
7 Leicester 34 14 5 15 46:45 47
8 Wolverhampton W 33 13 8 12 41:42 47
9 Everton 34 13 7 14 46:44 46
10 Watford 33 13 7 13 47:48 46
11 West Ham 34 12 6 16 42:52 42
12 Bournemouth 34 12 5 17 49:61 41
13 Crystal Palace 34 11 6 17 40:46 39
14 Burnley 34 11 6 17 42:60 39
15 Newcastle Unite 34 10 8 16 32:43 38
16 Southampton 33 9 9 15 39:54 36
17 Brighton 33 9 6 18 32:53 33
18 Cardiff 34 9 4 21 30:63 31
19 Fulham 34 5 5 24 32:76 20
20 Huddersfield 34 3 5 26 19:67 14