For our second boxing day special preview and prediction we have chosen the clash between Southampton and Arsenal. A demoralized Southampton will welcome the gunners over at St Mary’s Stadium, this fixture is a great chance for Arsene Wenger’s men to grab a few points in the standings and set themselves up for a strong spring season and yet another shot at the champions league.
Southampton will be coming into this game with 3 defeats, 1 draw and 1 victory at home aswell as 4 defeats and 1 draw overall. South Hampton have had a terrible run as of late, not winning a game since the 7th of november when they defeated Sunderland with 0-1 in an away game. The manager Ronald Koeman doesn’t want to point fingers and says that the saint’s current issues is with moral, not just from the players both from the coaching staff, the players, the chairmen and the board – in other words; The organization as a whole.
Arsene Wenger told BBC news that they’ll be coming into the Saints fixture as with any top clash meeting: “When you look at their team, they have the potential to be a very strong team. We have to convince ourselves that we again need another top-level performance.”
The Saints will be without M Stekelenburg, J Rodriguez, F Gardos, F Forster for this fixture.
Arsenal will be coming into this game with 2 victories, 1 defeat and 2 draws on the road aswell as 4 victories (consecutive) and 1 draw overall. The gunners are currently second in the premier league, following their 2-1 victory over Manchester City and they’re up for the 1/8-finals of the champions league following a dream run finish in the group stages. A lot of people were doubting Arsenal in the start of the season following some disastrous results but the gunners quickly got rescued by Alexis Sanchez’s talent and later in the season Giroud started to get in the shape of his life.
Arsenal will be without Mikel Arteta Calf, Alexis Sanchez,,Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilsheres, Santi Cazorla,Francis Coquelin and Danny Welbeck for this fixture.
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In the teams 5 latest head to head meetings Southampton have won 2, Arsenal have won 2 and there’s been 1 draw. Southampton won the latest meeting with 2-0 in january which means that this is a great revenge situation for the gunners.
The viking’s prediction for this game is that the gunners will win the fixture. However the Saints are in a must-win situation with home-field advantage so they are not to be counted out easily, the smart gambler will be looking at Arsenal draw no bet aswell as over 2.5 goals for this fixture. We find it quite unlikely that the Saints will have overcome their moral issues and come together good enough to beat this gunners team, especially with the shape that Arsenal is in now. The gunners are performing at a level where they can compete with the very best of the best (as seen in their champions league victory over Bayern Munich earlier in the season).
The other strong picks for this game is both teams to score (The Saints are in a very loaded situation and a defeat here could be overlooked by the fans if they at least put on a good performance, something which will be crucial to their moral going forward in the spring) aswell as Giroud to score.
Southampton – Arsenal, 1-2 @ 7.25
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Over 2.5 goals @ 1.95
Giroud to score @ 2.40
Both teams to score @ 1.75
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