Southampton vs Arsenal
English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 16 December 2018
Kick-Off at 13:30 UK / 14:30 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Ralph Hasenhuttl made an unsuccessful debut on Southampton’s bench last weekend when the Saints fell 1-0 to fellow strugglers Cardiff City away on the Welsh soil. The Saints were not outplayed by the Bluebirds on the occasion, but their strikers Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini lacked determination and confidence to deliver up front.
The German manager arrived in a very tough moment as the hosts have been struggling badly so far in the season. They are the only team in the league with fewer than two wins in 16 rounds. They are yet to pick up a three-pointer on the home patch where they drew five and lost two of seven affairs so far. Southampton are on a particularly poor run since late-November. They lost four and drew one of five games in all competitions coming into this tie with Arsenal.
Southampton vs Arsenal: Head-to-head
The Gunners were the dominant force in the most recent head to head history against Southampton.
They won three and drew one of past four encounters with the Saints.
Arsenal notched an impressive 11-goal tally in past four meetings with Southampton, three of which were played at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Southampton vs Arsenal: Prediction
The visitors have been flying high of late in spite of a well congested schedule which saw them play the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United within three days earlier this month. The Gunners are unbeaten in last 21 matches in all competitions. Players seem to be enjoying their time on the pitch under Unai Emery who gets the most of this squad.
Arsenal bagged two or more goals in four consecutive games, but they struggled badly to break the deadlock last Saturday against Huddersfield Town at Emirates. Eventually, it was midfielder Lucas Torreira who notched his second goal in Arsenal shirt with a beautiful bicycle kick goal on Aubameyang’s cross late in the game.
Looking at the recent form and latest head to head record, we can’t go away from Arsenal’s win here. The odds of 1.90 offered for such scenario are well worth backing.
Southampton vs Arsenal: Bet Tips
Arsenal to win @ 1.90 (9/10)
Arsenal Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.66 (4/6).