Southampton v Arsenal Preview

December 24, 2015 | By

BetVictor £50 Free BetsEnglish Premiership action on Boxing Day Night comes from St Mary’s Stadium and features Southampton versus Arsenal.

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Southampton v Arsenal Preview, Premiership, Saturday 24th December 2015.

Southampton continue to slip down the table having now lost four of their last five Premiership matches with only a 1 – 1 draw against Aston Villa giving them a point from a maximum of fifteen. The next five fixtures are also going to be crucial for the club as they do face some in form teams even though Norwich City are below them in the table. Watford will fancy their chances away from home as will Crystal Palace with the pair currently sitting in 6th and 7th. West Ham United away from home will also be tough and if things do not improve then it could be Southampton fighting for survival with them now only six points adrift the relegation zone.

Arsenal are in exceptional form right now having just beaten Manchester City 2 – 1 at The Emirates. That win makes it three Premier League wins in their last five games, with the other two being poor results with a loss to West Bromwich Albion and a 1 – 1 draw away from home to Norwich City. Arsenal’s next five fixtures do include the 3rd round tie against Sunderland in January with the four Premiership games being relativity easy with home ties against AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United. The toughest fixture of them all will be the last which is away from home to Liverpool in the second week of January. Arsenal are currently second in the league table with only two points between them and Leicester City who are a shock side this season.

Southampton Team News:

Although most teams have had their injury issues Southampton haven’t been as bad as their fellow Premier League opponents. However for this game we do see that Stekelenburg is a doubt for the game. Southampton see Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pello return to action last weekend although their return did nothing to lift the teams poor performance.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal see a number of important first team players return to action in the win over Manchester City, although sadly for Arsenal fans they must wait a little longer to see their favourites in Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla with them needing more time to recover. Francis Coquelin is still missing and unavailable.

Southampton v Arsenal Head to Head Statistics:

In the last five head to head games we do see that Arsenal have had a tough time against Southampton who have bee a tough side to beat in recent years. The two sides have a couple of wins each with the remaining game ending as a draw last year. In total we have 77 games recorded with Arsenal winning more with 38 victories to their name. Southampton have won on 18 occasions with the remaining 21 games ending as draws.

01/01/15 PRL Southampton vs Arsenal 2 : 0
03/12/14 PRL Arsenal vs Southampton 1 : 0
23/09/14 LEC Arsenal vs Southampton 1 : 2
28/01/14 PRL Southampton vs Arsenal 2 : 2
23/11/13 PRL Arsenal vs Southampton 2 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the 77 games played out between these two Premiership clubs we have seen a total of 210 goals scored. This is going to give us a goals per game average of 2.7 which isn’t too bad when looking at the above results. However this season we do see Southampton struggling to keep out goals and then Arsenal in exceptional form. So maybe the below option could be a good idea.

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Southampton v Arsenal Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Southampton:  L L D L L

Arsenal: W W W W D

Southampton are in dire need of a win as this and their next four games are not going to be easy and we could see them enter the bottom three if things are not seen to improve. Arsenal however are in great form and find themselves in the knockout stages of the Champions League and second from top in the Premier League, with this being their best chance of winning the competition in the last twenty years.

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Southampton v Arsenal Match Betting Odds Market

Southampton are at home and also not strangers to beating Arsenal at home in the last few seasons, yet this season things keep going from bad to worse with them seriously in need of a win. The bookmakers best odds on them beating Arsenal can be seen coming in here @ 13/5 with Bet365 – Receive £200 in Matched Bets when You Register a New Account

The Draw is a result I feel Southampton would be happy with regardless of them being at home where as Arsenal would see that result as a bad one with two points lost as they look to plant themselves top of the league. Best odds on the draw happening can be see here @ 5/2 with BetVictor – Receive £50 Free Bets For New Customers.

Arsenal may be away from home for this game yet are still considered the favourites to come out with a win as they look to pile on the pressure to league leaders Leicester City. Best odds on Arsenal winning the game can be found coming in here @ 23/20 with BetVictor – Receive £50 Free Bets For New Customers.

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Southampton v Arsenal Match Predictions, Banker Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets

Premiership action this Boxing Day Evening sees struggling side Southampton welcome high flying Arsenal to St Mary’s Stadium. The home side are on a serious decline and have not won a game in the league since the beginning of November with a 1 – 0 away win to Sunderland. Stoke City ended the clubs run of eight games without a loss and since then the club continue to feel sorry for themselves with another four loses and a 1 – 1 draw against bottom side Aston Villa. The next five fixtures for Southampton are extremely tough with the odds of them getting any points being rather slim, and if that happens we could see the club slip further down and into a relegation place depending on the other teams below them.

Arsenal on the other hand have recovered from a shaky month where they lost to West Bromwich Albion and also dropped points to Norwich City. They now find themselves with a fixture in the Champions League knock outs against Spanish giants Barcelona which should be an incredible game of football. They have also just beaten Manchester City at home, taking the club just two points off the top and continuing to pile on the pressure on Leicester City. Manchester City are now four points adrift Arsenal who find themselves in the best position to actually win the title this year, with current Champions Chelsea nowhere to be seen and just three points above relegation.

My predictions for this game does see Arsenal walk away with an easy win, especially when a fair few of their players are enjoying an incredible run of form, much like the current goal machine Olivier Giroud. We know Southampton are struggling to keep out the goals so if they are not careful this could be a complete goal crazy game. Yet I am going to play it reasonably safe here regarding the goals, and although I can potentially see four of five scored on Boxing day I am just going to go for four or more scored as my banker. The next I am going for is Arsenal to win by a three or more goal margin. I was thinking of backing Olivier Giroud to score again but don’t want to push my luck with them one!

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