Arsenal v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 06, 2018
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Arsenal look to continue their fine form in the Premier League this weekend, as they face a Southampton side that is in genuine threat of relegation. The Saints sit two points clear of safety and have struggled to finish chances, which will serve them poorly against the Gunners' free-scoring form.
Southampton have won just once in their past six meetings with Arsenal, but managed a draw in the reverse fixture. Charlie Austin broke the deadlock after just three minutes back in December, with Olivier Giroud breaking Saints' fans' hearts 85 minutes later.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss Sunday's game, having left the pitch injured in Arsenal's impressive Europa League victory this week. David Ospina is also set for a spell on the sidelines having suffered an ankle injury in training on Wednesday, whilst Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee for the side.
Mark Hughes has a full squad to choose from, meaning that Oriol Romeu and Steven Davis are likely to step back into the side.
Arsenal v Southampton Preview and Predictions
Arsenal have well and truly recovered their form, having struggled towards the end of February. The Gunners have now won five games in a row, including an impressive aggregate 5-1 victory over AC Milan. The return of Alexandre Lacazette has certainly helped Arsene Wenger's side, with the French striker having scored three times in two games since recovering from a knee injury.
With little chance of breaking into the top-four, Arsenal's remaining Premier League fixtures will be used my the manager to discover where the side needs to improve over the summer. With the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Welbeck competing for starts with top-scorer Lacazette, Wenger will have to figure out how best to use his potent front-line.
Mark Hughes has a very different task ahead of him at Southampton. The manager was brought in to steady the sinking ship, but, so far, he has failed to lead the Saints to a single Premier League point. Southampton's game in hand may well be their saving grace, with three points enough to take them out of the relegation zone.
Hughes will be hoping that the recently returned Charlie Austin, who scored against Arsenal already this season, will put in a similar performance come Sunday. As the only player to score more than once for the Saints this season, Austin's from will be key, if his side are to manage a come-back. However, against an in-form Arsenal, Hughes may have to accept that this is unlikely to be Southampton's season-saving game.
Alexandre Lacazette to score anytime at 11/10
The Frenchman deserves a start, having done well in the Europa League, and is in good form.
Arsenal to win to nil at 15/8
Southampton's struggles in front of goal have been well documented, and Arsenal have kept two consecutive league clean sheets.