Arsenal vs Southampton: Preview and Prediction

Arsenal vs Southampton
English Premier League.
Date: Saturday, 10 September, 2016,
Kick-off: 15:00 UK
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.

Arsenal started their Premier League season with a disappointing 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool. They then escaped with a goal-less draw in a difficult away fixture at Leicester and finally got their first win of the season at Watford by a 3-1 margin.

The Gunners fans seem to have finally got their wish as Wenger break the bank to sign a defender in Shkodran Mustafi and a striker in Lucas Perez. But as usual, it remained to be see if these are the kind of players the team need to compete with the top sides of Premier League.

Southampton are yet to taste victory in the 2016/17 season. They were held to 1-1 draws at home by Watford and Sunderland, while lost 2-0 in the trip to Manchester United. The Emirates Stadium is not a happy hunting ground for the Saints as they haven’t won a league game here in 29 years.

Arsenal vs Southampton: Head-to-Head

Arsenal’s last Premier League defeat at home to Southampton was on November 1987. Since then, the Gunners are unbeaten in 21 league games with 15 wins and 6 draws. However, Southampton earned a 2-1 win in the Capital One Cup fixture at the Emirates on September 2014, which is their only win in 22 away games against Arsenal.

Southampton held Arsenal to a goal less draw in the corresponding fixture of last season, while earned a massive 4-0 win in the home fixture.

Arsenal also failed to score in the last three matches against Southampton, with two of those matches being played at Southampton.

Arsenal vs Southampton: Prediction

Arsenal are a strong side at home and have a formidable home record against Southampton in league games. Despite their sloppy start to the season, they will go into this as strong favourites on the back of their head-to-head record against Southampton. A home win is on the cards as they are desperate to make ground of the lost points on the opening two weeks.

Arsenal vs Southampton: Betting Tips

Arsenal to win first half at 11/10 (2.10).
Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80).

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