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Arsenal vs Southampton Prediction & Match Preview

 

Arsenal vs Southampton Prediction & Match Preview

Arsenal vs Southampton
England – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal’s dismal run of form continued on Sunday night as a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal saw them fall to a 0-1 loss at home to Burnley, a performance that saw them not only reduced to ten men following the dismissal of midfielder Granit Xhaka, but also booed off by many of the 2000 fans instead the Emirates Stadium. 


It was the Gunners’ fourth home league defeat in a row, the first time this has happened in 61 years and with high flying Southampton the latest visitors to North London, Mikel Arteta’s men have no time to rest on their laurels. 

The Saints in comparison, are flying after a 2-0 win over Sheffield Utd at the weekend saw them move into the UEFA Champions League places. Unlike Mikel Arteta, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has the fortune of no injuries and the ability to choose a settled starting XI. 

When taking into account the obvious problems within the Arsenal camp and the respective form of both sides, Southampton will be smelling blood in this fixture and should emerge with the three points if they maintain their high standards of fitness and performance that we’ve been accustomed to seeing from them this season.

Arsenal vs Southampton: Head-to-head (h2h)

eams Arsenal Southampton played so far 32 matches.
Arsenal won 17 direct matches. Southampton won 7 matches. 8 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.94 goals per Match.

Arsenal vs Southampton: Prediction

Arsenal in actual season average scored 1.71 goals per match. In 7 (77.78%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (77.78%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Southampton average scored 1.85 goals per match in season 2020. In 4 (66.67%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Granit Xhaka's red card against Burnley on Sunday means that he will miss the next three games, while Hector Bellerin is also banned for this one after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season. Nicolas Pepe is now back available after his serving his own suspension, though.

Thomas Partey remains sidelined for the Gunners, while Arteta must check on head injuries for David Luiz and Reiss Nelson.

Sead Kolasinac is also expected to miss out, while Gabriel Martinelli could be in contention for a place in the squad after coming through a youth game unscathed as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

Southampton boast a clean bill of health and could name an unchanged side to the one which cruised past Sheffield United, although Nathan Redmond will be pushing for a start after scoring off the bench in that game.

Che Adams now has four goals to his name in 12 games this season, already matching his tally from 30 outings last season, with all eight of his Premier League strikes coming since lockdown ended in June.

Danny Ings, meanwhile, could become the first Saints player to ever register four Premier League goals against the Gunners, having netted three times in as many appearances against them for the club.

Possible starting lineups:




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