Arsenal – Southampton (Pick, Prediction, Preview)
Ranked 4 in the league, Arsenal is the favorite against Southampton, but the “Gunners” have won only one match in the last 4 played between the two! Moreover, the victory came in overtime (2-1) after a courageous benefit of guests.
Last season Arsenal has not even scored against Southampton, who made 4-0 at home and 0-0 at the Emirates where the duel will take place Wednesday in the League Cup. Arsenal’s Premier League 4 in line ranking 7-4-1, and her opponent is 11th with balance 3-5-4.
Arsenal’s problem is the unavailability of the lot, because Wenger can not call from 8 holders!
Giroud missing, Debuchy, Walcott and Cazorla Bellerin among others, and Sanchez and Ozil will be spared. So host band will use many reserves and the lack of homogeneity can be a problem against a team placed well. Southampton will miss Tadic, Claude Puel but otherwise has all able-bodied players.
Arsenal is unbeaten for 18 matches (!) But will not have easy time Wednesday. 12 goals conceded in 13 steps, “saints” have the 3rd best defense in England and goalkeeper Forster’s in shape. However, only four teams in the Premier League have an attack more modest than the Southern: only 12 goals, most of them worked Tadic, Redmond and Austin. Dutchman Van Dijk will miss Wednesday but Sims is a player to watch in the attack.
Southampton was beaten by peer Man. City championship (1-1) and can be done with Arsenal’s reserves.
But attention to attack the hosts, where Lucas Perez will be the main man. An interesting figure: Arsenal sent the gate 6 of the last 7 shots and 4 goals resulted from here! Even with fans, but red and white lose at least 40% of the potential stars of lot no. Previous round, Arsenal eliminated it easy on Reading and Southampton ordered by a goal after Sunderland’s magic Boufal. We see a tight match at the Emirates, which will mark both.
Arsenal: Martinez – Jenkinson, Holding, Paulista, Gibbs – Elneny, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain – Iwobi, Adelaide, Perez
Southampton: Forster – Yoshida, Fonte, Martina, McQueen – Ward, Hojbjerg, Boufal – Sims, Rodriguez, Austin
|Prediction:||Arsenal to win|