The race for the Champions League places is heating up in Premier League as Arsenal meet third placed Southampton for a chance to determine who gets to feel closer to a European place. Arsenal are currently on the 6th place with 20 points, while Southampton are on the third with 26. Arsenal are on a rise at this moment and the bookmakers give them the edge to win, despite the fact that there are six points separating the two.
Southampton started the year very well which allowed them the third spot, but once they started facing their direct competitors, the bad results began piling in, case to study: the defeats against Tottenham and Manchester City, where they conceded as many goals as for the entire season when playing at home. After two defeats in a row, Arsenal have won two matches in a row in all competitions, all while managing to also keep a clean sheet.
The visitors will be missing Schneiderlin with a leg injury, while Jack Cork will be available for Emirates, despite missing out during the weekend. Arsenal have their main goalkeeper under doubt, even if Martinez has done a good job so far keeping a clean sheet. Monreal and Gibbs both picked up knocks during the weekend, but should be available for selection. Arsenal will be with a point to prove after the defeat from the Capital one Cup, and it should provide for interesting goal chances on both sides.
With Olivier Giroud and Lauren Koscielny back Arsenal are tipped to keep up their unbeaten run against the Saints, and an in-form Graziano Pele might not be enough to mark Southampton’s return to winning ways tomorrow. It is yet unclear which formation or players will Wenger use due to his limited selection caused by never-ending injury woes, but if he sends in the same starting eleven from last weekend we will be in for a very hard fought and interesting clash.
Ever since that iconic 6-1 win at the Emirates, Arsenal have been keeping close call wins against The Saints, and another one has 1.75 odds. The Saints have been given 4.95 odds to win, both teams to score 1.88, and over 10.5 corners 1.72. Olivier Giroud is your main choice in the betting market of a player hitting the crossbar without scoring with 6.50 odds, and in the goalscorer market for Southampton Graziano Pelle has 3.30 odds to score, Shane Long 4.75 and Dusan Tadic 5.10. For Arsenal Olivier Giroud has 2.38 odds to score, Danny Welbeck 2.38, Ramsey 2.98 and we’re betting 7 units on Alexis Sanchez to score anytime with 2.28 odds from 888sport.
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