Arsenal vs Southampton by Jamesington
The Gunners are without their first and second choice goalkeepers, both first-choice full backs (Gibbs and Debuchy) will miss the game as will Gibbs' likely replacement - Nacho Monreal, plus a host of midfielders such as Jack Wilshere and Mikael Arteta will not be available for selection against Southampton who will be looking to bounce back from their biggest defeat of the season. The visitors have injury problems of their own, with Morgan Schneiderlin hurt against Man City and James Ward-Prowse/Jay Rodriguez still missing but this is by no means as significant a missing list as Arsenal's which amounts to at least 9 players who could consider themselves first team regulars.
But this bet is about Southampton, not Arsenal, and we must look at the attacking strength which the Saints posess - their ability to score goals from all over the pitch (Clyne 2, Wanyama 3, Pelle 6) is a massive asset. Southampton had scored at least 2 goals in 5 of 8 games before coming unstuck against Man City and so odds of 3.85 with Unibet are more than good value.
It will be interesting to see how the Saints get on against Arsenal and Manchester United (their next opponents) as the defeat to Man City could either be a rallying point or the match where everything fell apart. I think it will prove to be the former and Southampton will carry on to impress for the rest of the season under Ronald Koeman, who has only lost 1 game to Arsene Wenger in 7 match-ups.
Southampton beat Arsenal 1-2 at the Emirates a few weeks ago in the League Cup and it would be no surprise to see them do well again. I fancy perhaps a 2-2 draw, but the bet is SOUTHAMPTON OVER 1.5 GOALS.
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|Southampton over 1.5 goals.||Unibet||3.85||7||1-0 LOST (-7 units)|