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Southampton vs Arsenal Prediction & Match Preview

 

Southampton vs Arsenal Prediction & Match Preview

Southampton vs Arsenal
England – Premier League
Date: Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:15 UK/ 21:15 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium.

St. Mary’s Stadium will host Tuesday’s football game between Southampton and Arsenal. The Saints did well to beat the Gunners in the FA Cup at the weekend, meaning that Mikel Arteta’s troops are hungry for revenge. 

Southampton are on a three-game winning run at home in all competitions, but beating the capital club twice four days is easier said than done. 

The likes of Djenepo, Obafemi, Redmond, Smallbone, Salisu, Tella, and Vestergaard are sidelined with injuries, while Romeu should be fit to face Arsenal.

The Gunners aim to keep their Champions League hopes alive, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Saints this time out. 

Since Mikel Arteta is going to field the best possible side this time out, we are tempted to put our money on the visiting team. Key attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to the starting XI.

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

Teams Southampton Arsenal played so far 34 matches.
Southampton won 8 direct matches. Arsenal won 17 matches. 9 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.85 goals per Match.

Southampton vs Arsenal Prediction

Southampton in actual season average scored 1.38 goals per match. In 8 (66.67%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (25.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Arsenal average scored 1.70 goals per match in season 2021. In 10 (62.50%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Hasenhuttl's strong lineup on Saturday was certainly a statement of intent from the Saints manager, and it would be a surprise to see many changes from the XI that put in a solid display against the Gunners.

The St Mary's infirmary is well-occupied at the moment as Vestergaard, Moussa Djenepo, Mohammed Salisu and Oriol Romeu continue to nurse various injuries.

Hasenhuttl conceded that none of the Saints' injured players is likely to return in time for this one barring Nathan Redmond, and he will also be without first-choice full-backs Ryan Bertrand and Kyle Walker-Peters through suspension and injury respectively.

Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had to attend to a personal matter over the weekend, and it remains to be seen whether the striker will line up on Tuesday.

Dani Ceballos is touch-and-go with a calf problem while Pablo Mari is definitely out, but Arteta will no doubt revert to his strongest XI in the hope that lightning does not strike twice at St Mary's.

Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette should all return to the fold, while Gabriel Martinelli could be handed another start on the left if Aubameyang misses out.

Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Vokins; Walcott, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Ings, Adams

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Lacazette


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