Southampton vs Arsenal by Neuro
After expected defeat on 1st January at home against Chelsea, Southampton continued the month with really good results and are now on a run of four matches without defeat in all competitions, having three victories and a draw. Most recently, they won over Yeovil 2:0 in FA Cup few days ago.
Victory was a needed one, as FA Cup is one of rare chances to bring some joy to the fans, but also a way to improve the morale even further as they played against a side which they simply had to win against. Prior to that victory, they excluded Burnley 4:3, but also won at home in Premier League West Brom 1:0 and had drew before ten days with Sunderland away from home in a 2:2 result. With a good previous run, they managed to keep the distance to the second part of the table being lonely at ninth position with 31 points so far, seven more than tenth placed Aston Villa. Defensive midfielder Wanyama (14/0) remains doubtful for this game, but with very slim chances to start it, while central defender Lovren (20/2) and midfielder Ramirez (12/1) are both out injured, with finally offensive midfielder Osvaldo (13/3) being out suspended by the club.
Arsenal, on the other side, took a clearly deserved 4:0 victory at home over lower league side Coventry on Friday night and secured the ticket for 1/8 finals of FA Cup where they will meet against Liverpool. It was yet another professional victory for the Gunners as Podolski scored two goals in first halftime, while Giroud and Cazorla sealed the victory with their goals in last six minutes of the match.
There is no doubt that Arsenal is, alongside Manchester City, the most inform side in the Premier League, as they count seven consecutive victories in all competitions, including five in Premiership. Good run keeps them at the leading position with only a point difference to second placed Citizens and no question that the Gunners have no other option but to search for a victory when they face up against Southampton. Their injury worries seem to be past as the team is close to have all their roster available, with midfielder Diaby (no participation this season) and winger Walcott (13/5) being the only injury worries and he remains the only real absentee for the visitors.
The Gunners are going for all three points and as always, their game are both from both ends and the team scores rather easily recently. Southampton played well in previous weeks and will surely take the game bit more relaxed as they know they can't get points out of the game with only defending. Odds are more than worth a risk.