08 Sep

Arsenal vs Southampton prediction & preview

Arsenal Southampton prediction

Arsenal vs Southampton prediction & preview 2016-09-10:

On the 10th of september Arsenal welcomes Southampton over at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger and his men are still plagued by injuries and have had yet another disappointing start to the premier league for a team of their magnitude. However even without some of their key players the gunners have managed to gain 4 points and what could’ve been at least 5 had they not lost to Liverpool with 3-4 in the premiere match of the season. Southampton on the other hand are relatively healthy but are suffering from other concerns. The Saints changed their head coach to Claude Puel who favors a 4-3-1-2 set up has already started out the season weak only managing to get two points. There are two major issues here for the new coach, the players aren’t used to the new formation and the team lost Sadio Mane to Liverpool during the transfer window. Mane was key to Southampton securing 6th place last season and Puel’s decision to implement his changes before teaching the squad to function without Mane might not have been the best idea. However as we all know with big issues comes big sports betting opportunities, something which we hope you will see aswell after reading through our preview & prediction.

Arsenal vs Liverpool Head to Head:

Arsenal will be coming into this fixture with 4 victories and 1 defeat at home aswell as 3 victories, 1 defeat and 1 draw overall in their latest 5 games. It seems almost natural for Arsenal by now to start the season weak and then become one of the best teams in the league after a few premiere blunders. However with their sights set on their upcoming match against PSG this match will serve as a perfect way to show the fans what they’ve got before heading out to Paris.

The team made several nice transfers during the transfer window and managed to acquire the new midfielder Xhaka who’ve already put in his mark on the team by appearing in the two games that went well for the gunners. Wenger also got Deportive La Coruna striker Lucas Perez who was handed the number nine shirt might very well be substituted in here if the gunners score early. Iwobi is also reported fit for this fixture, though with the competition for the XI in mind it’s much more likely that Wenger will let him rest a bit more and save him for upcoming games.

Arsenal will be without Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Carl Jenkinson for this fixture as they’re all reported injured.

Southampton will be coming into this fixture with 1 defeat and 4 victories on the road aswell as 1 victory, 1 defeat and 3 draws overall in their latest 5 matches. A key thing to notice here is that most of the Saints away victories was during the pre-season against mid tier dutch teams, a pre-season in which Puel had just taken over the team and started with his new strategies. The team lost a lot of their offensive power when Mane and Graziano Pellè were transferred away. Even though Puel managed to get Sofiane Boufal, Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg and Nathan Redmond to even things out, these are still young players that needs time to reach the level that Southampton needs them to be at.

The Saints do have one of the better defenses of the league and Fraser Forster set the current club record of being on the field for 706 minutes without conceding a goal last season. The team have also managed to avoid injuries and will only miss two players for this fixtures; Florin Gardos and Jérémy Pied.


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Predicted outcome:

The viking’s prediction for this game is an easy victory for Arsenal. This will be a perfect opportunity for the gunners to make 3 easy points as they can capitalize on all the surrounding errors that Southampton suffers from. With both teams having important european matches in the near future it’s possible that the Saints will be chasing a 0-0 score here and just try to defend the best they can. However with Arsenal’s offensive depth aswell as their home field advantage in mind, that’s not an easy task by any means. Especially considering Arsenal’s 3-4 premiere game defeat to Liverpool, the fans will be demanding a victory here and that’s something that the Arsenal stars are more than capable of going them.

With respect to the Saints strong defense aswell as Arsenal diversity in strikers it would be smart to stay away from the over/under 2.5 goals for this fixture and instead look at the winner pick aswell as the both teams not to score pick.

Please note that this prediction features both us friendly odds from the us friendly sportsbook Bovada aswell as european odds from the international bookmaker Nordicbet.

European odds from Nordicbet for Arsenal vs Southampton:

Arsenal vs Southampton prediction:

Arsenal vs Southampton, 2 – 0 @ 7.90  Nordicbet sportsbook

The viking’s picks for this game:

Arsenal vs Southampton, Arsenal to win @ 1.61 Nordicbet sportsbook

Both teams to score, No @ 1.95 Nordicbet sportsbook 


US Friendly odds from Bovada us friendly online sportsbook for Arsenal vs Southampton:

Arsenal vs Southampton prediction:

Arsenal vs Southampton, 2 – 0 @ +600 Bovada logo

The viking’s picks for this game:

Arsenal vs Southampton, Arsenal to win @ -180  Bovada logo

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