Southampton v Arsenal Premier League betting preview and tips

14:30 Sun 16 Dec
Football
England
Premier League
Tip: 2
Units: 1/5
Odds: -120

Ralph Hasenhuttl has now entered the building at St Mary’s and this match represents the Austrian’s first Premier League home game since replacing Mark Hughes at Southampton.

Hasenhuttl arrives with an impressive reputation after some sterling work at RB Leipzig, although he’s got a formidable task with a Saints team who have been struggling at the wrong end of the table for the past couple of seasons.

The bottom line is that Southampton haven’t won in front of their own supporters all season, having recently taken the lead against Manchester United when scoring two early goals only to allow the Red Devils to slip back into the game.

Scoring goals has been a problem for the Saints and the new manager would love to get Danny Ings back and firing, although Charlie Austin and Stuart Armstrong also provide some ammunition and it’s up to the new boss to find the right combination in attack.

It has not been since 1 September that the Hampshire side have tasted victory and Arsenal are not the sort of team to pass up an opportunity to take advantage of a side who are down on their luck or confidence.

The season began for the Gunners with successive defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea. Since then, Arsenal haven’t been defeated despite that incredible stat that Unai Emery’s side haven’t led at half-time in any Premier League match this season.

It’s safe to say that the north London side will be well rested for this clash and Emery will have fielded a reserve team for Thursday’s previous clash against Qarabag, meaning that the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira will be raring to go.

Arsenal have not been defensively the strongest team in the Premier League but they’re very exciting from an attacking point-of-view and it’s saying something when Mesut Ozil can’t get into the team.

Expect the Gunners to continue to impress against a Southampton side who might not yet have adjusted to the methods of their new gaffer.

BETTING TIP
Arsenal to win @ 1.83 with bet365

Team News

Southampton: 3-4-2-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Arsenal: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Alex McCarthy
  • 03
    Maya Yoshida
  • 04
    Jannik Vestergaard
  • 35
    Jan Bednarek
  • 33
    Matthew Robert Targett
  • 14
    Oriol Romeu
  • 23
    Pierre Emil Højbjerg
  • 43
    Yan Valery
  • 17
    Stuart Armstrong
  • 22
    Nathan Redmond
  • 09
    Danny Ings
  • 19
    Bernd Leno
  • 02
    Hector Bellerin
  • 12
    Stephan Lichtsteiner
  • 06
    Laurent Koscielny
  • 18
    Nacho Monreal
  • 11
    Lucas Torreira
  • 34
    Granit Xhaka
  • 29
    Matteo Guendouzi
  • 07
    Henrikh Mkhitaryan
  • 14
    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
  • 17
    Alex Iwobi

Premier League

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Liverpool 31 23 7 1 70:18 76
2 Manchester City 30 23 3 4 76:20 72
3 Tottenham 30 20 1 9 57:32 61
4 Arsenal 30 18 6 6 63:39 60
5 Manchester Unit 30 17 7 6 58:40 58
6 Chelsea 30 17 6 7 50:33 57
7 Wolverhampton W 30 12 8 10 38:36 44
8 Watford 30 12 7 11 42:44 43
9 West Ham 31 12 6 13 41:46 42
10 Everton 31 11 8 12 42:39 41
11 Leicester 31 12 5 14 40:43 41
12 Bournemouth 31 11 5 15 43:56 38
13 Newcastle Unite 31 9 8 14 31:40 35
14 Crystal Palace 30 9 6 15 36:41 33
15 Brighton 29 9 6 14 32:42 33
16 Southampton 30 7 9 14 34:50 30
17 Burnley 31 8 6 17 35:59 30
18 Cardiff 30 8 4 18 27:57 28
19 Fulham 31 4 5 22 29:70 17
20 Huddersfield 31 3 5 23 18:57 14