Arsenal vs Southampton
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 8 April 2018
Kick-Off at 14:15 UK
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Arsenal look to have found the right shape in the final quarter of the season. Whilst it may be too late for the domestic league success, Arsene Wenger’s men are well on pace when it comes to going all the way in Europa League and reaching the Champions League spot through that competition. They have practically closed the quarterfinal with CSKA Moscow, grabbing a 4-1 win in the first leg on Thursday at Emirates.
It was a true blitzkrieg from Arsenal players in the first half. Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette stole the show. The Gunners will thus host Southampton in Sunday’s Premier League affair high on confidence, looking to extend the positive streak of results in front of the home fans. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should make the starting lineup here since he can’t help his teammates in the European competition.
The former Borussia Dortmund’s striker has been one of the catalysts for the general rise in form- He has scored four goals in last three league ties for the Gunners and the clash with the struggling Southampton side should really give him an opportunity to keep the spell of excellent form going.
The Saints are in a much tougher situation. They are two points away from the safe zone and they’ll come into this in awful spirits after suffering a demolishing 3-0 loss to West ham United last time out at London Stadium. It was the second straight loss with the same scoreline for the team led by Mark Hughes. The Saints have previously fallen 3-0 to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.
Arsenal vs Southampton: Head-to-head
Trips to North London have never been a pleasant experience for Southampton.
The Saints have only won 4 and lost as many as 25 of 42 meetings with Arsenal on the road.
The teams have shared spoils in a 1-1 draw when they met at St. Mary’s Stadium in this term of the Premier League.
Arsenal vs Southampton: Prediction
Arsenal are massive form favourite and we see the 1-.57 odds offered for the home win as a true gift from the bookies.
The Saints will just have huge struggles to keep the red-hot attacking line of Arsenal’s from scoring three or more goals here.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is well worth backing to score anytime at the odds of 1.85.
Arsenal vs Southampton: Bet Tips
Arsenal -1.5 handicap @ 2.35
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime @ 1.85