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Southampton vs. Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

22 January 2021

Saturday 23 January

St Mary’s Stadium – FA Cup

Southampton striker Shane Long Source: Adam Davy/AP/Shutterstock

Southampton host Arsenal for their second consecutive FA Cup game this weekend, having breezed past Shrewsbury on Tuesday. The Gunners, meanwhile, are the tournament holders, and a good cup run would boost Mikel Arteta’s standing again. When it comes to football betting online, look no further than Spin Sports.

Past Meetings

It took a second half equaliser from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to ensure Arsenal got anything from the game after Theo Walcott opened the scoring against his old team.

Southampton last beat Arsenal in December 2018, when a late Charlie Austin goal settled a 3-2 thriller. Danny Ings and Henrikh Mkhitaryan traded goals for their respective teams, leaving the score at 2-2 with five minutes to play before Austin’s intervention.

The sides also met in the 2003 FA Cup final, won by Arsenal through a Robert Pires goal.

Team News

Ralph Hasenhuttl fielded a second-string line-up on Tuesday, but is expected to return to his strongest XI for this weekend’s fixture. Danny Ings is expected to miss out due to COVID-19, whilst Nathan Redmond, Jannik Vestergaard, Michael Obafemi, William Smallbone and Moussa Djenepo are all out injured.

Mikel Arteta is unlikely to make many changes to the side that beat Newcastle last weekend and is enjoying an injury free spell. Kieran Tierney has returned from injury as has Thomas Partey, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reclaimed his spot on the left flank.

Southampton vs. Arsenal Predictions, Preview and Predictions

Arsenal travel to Southampton on Saturday for the first of a two trips to St Mary’s within three days. Both sides are in fine form going into the FA Cup clash with the hosts 3.14 to win and the visitors 2.20. The draw after 90 minutes is priced at 3.20.

The Saints may have lost their most recent Premier League game against Leicester, but one the previous game against Liverpool in impressive fashion. Hasenhuttl’s side could be excused for their inconsistency given the lengthy 12 day break between the two games, with further disruption this week due to the Shrewsbury fixture.

For the Gunners this match comes just at the right time as captain and primary goal-scorer Aubameyang appears to played his way back to form. The Gabonese forward has scored three in his last three games and will benefit from having a fully fit Thomas Partey operating behind him.

Mikel Arteta has done well to turn around a miserable spell of form and is reaping the rewards with Arsenal storming up the table. However, they remain behind their weekend opponents, who will want to build on their strong league position with a cup run starting on Saturday.

It’s fair to say that Hasenhuttl’s style is based around the concept of strong defending and rapid transitions, a technique that could work well against an Arsenal side that remains relatively inexperienced. Whether the visitors are able to remain calm on the ball and avoid overcommitting could be key to their victory this weekend.

Recommended Bets

Arsenal to win and under 2.5 goals scored at 4.50

This game is relatively evenly matched and may go to extra time, although the visitors are favourites. It’s not expected to be a high-scoring affair either.

Under 2.5 goals scored at 1.76

Southampton have conceded only 21 goals in their 18 league games so far, and Arsenal only 19 in 19. That suggests two tight defences, which will limit the goals scored.