Josh Waudby (@Josh_Waudby) previews Southampton v Arsenal and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.


Southampton v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 16/12/18
  • Time: 13:30
  • Venue: St Mary’s
  • Channel: Sky Sports Premier League

It’s fair to say these two sides meet on reversed form, with the last time Arsenal lost a game coming not too long before the last time Southampton won a game in the league. Arsenal are looking to continue their extraordinary turn around under Unai Emery by picking up the 3 points again on their journey. Southampton’s motive for the points is quite the opposite as they look for 3 points which would hopefully take them out of the bottom 3, dependant on the results of the teams around them.

The Gunners are showing no mercy in terms of scoring, having put 4 past Spurs and then 2 past United the following game. Their midweek victory against Qarabag won’t cause any hangover issue’s as they fielded a weakened squad having already qualified for the knockouts, bedsides a few regular faces. Aubameyang is one of the big names that will come into the game fresh after a rest, which could cause serious problems for the back 4 of the Saints.

Southampton on the other hand did show some promising signs last time out against Cardiff, however the same story cropped back up with their inability to score goals being the product of their downfall. With the return of top scorer Danny Ings on the cards he could provide the much-needed goal scoring ability that they seem to lack. Without him and with Austin’s failure to provide regular goals it would be hard to see how this revival for the Saints could ever get going without some new faces in the dressing room come January.

Team News

Some good news on the horizon for Southampton as it looks like frontmen Danny Ings and Shane Long will be in contention to play against the Gunners. Cedric Soares is also expected to return at right back following a slightly calf injury which kept him out of the defeat against Cardiff.

Arsenal will be without centre back pairing Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis as the pair of them both timely picked up a 5th booking of the campaign against Huddersfield last week. Aaron Ramsey is also back with the squad following his ankle injury.

Potential Starting Starting XI: McCarthy, Cedric, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Lemina, Redmond, Armstrong, Austin.

Potential Arsenal Starting XI: Leno, Lichsteiner, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerin, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Ozil.

Head To Head

  • You have to go back all the way to 2014 to find the last time Southampton managed to beat Arsenal on their own turf, with an emphatic 4-0 win.
  • From the last 4 meetings between the two, Arsenal have won 3 of the 4 with the remaining game being a 1-1 draw.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Southampton are still awaiting their first Premier League win since the 1st of September.
  • Arsenal haven’t lost a game in all competitions since the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea in GW 2.
  • Southampton have failed to win a single home game all season.
  • Again, Southampton have only managed to beat arsenal twice in the last 17 meetings.

Betting Odds

  • Southampton 29/10
  • Draw 29/10
  • Arsenal 10/11

The Verdict

I think the near even money you can pick up on Arsenal is a very generous offering. Understandably Southampton will be a different side under new manager Ralph HasenHüttl but I'm not sure his change in style will kick in this quick to threaten the Gunners.

Under Hasenhüttl they also look a more aggressive side, and with that comes bookings. Hojbjerg is a good shout for a booking as he anchors that midfield trio they play. As captain he also naturally has more communication with the referee which can lead to dissent.

Recommended Bets

  • Arsenal to win – 19/20 (Bet365)
  • Hojbjerg to be carded – 11/4 (Betfair)