Arsenal look to continue their strong recent form on Saturday when they visit St Mary’s to face Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Despite their strong home form the hosts are outsiders for Saturday’s clash with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men priced at 21/10 (3.10) with bet365 to record a victory.
The visitors from north London can be backed at 13/10 (2.30), while the draw is available at 12/5 (3.40) and the most recent league meeting between these sides on December 16 finished 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
These two sides meet again at St Mary’s on Tuesday night in the Premier League and it remains to be seen to what degree the respective managers prioritise that clash with their team selections.
Arsenal are still missing injured Spanish defender Pablo Mari, while his compatriot Dani Ceballos faces a late fitness test.
The Saints have a number of players unavailable with Nathan Redmond, Jannik Vestergaard, Moussa Djenepo, and Nathan Tella all out, while Mohamed Salisu and Oriol Romeu are both doubts.
Both sides have been in exceptional defensive form heading into this clash and Saturday’s game could be a tight encounter.
Southampton have kept clean sheets in four of their last five matches in all competitions, while the Gunners have racked up five consecutive shut-outs.
Taking a more detailed look shows us that the Saints have conceded in just two of their last nine home matches, while their north London opponents have let in goals in just three of their last eight clashes on the road.
With both teams likely to cancel each other out, therefore, a low-scoring game looks highly likely and there should be plenty of interest in opposing a goal-filled meeting.
Under 2.5 goals is priced at 3/4 (1.75) while combining this selection with both teams to score ‘no’ sees the odds rise to 5/4 (2.25) which looks like an appealing option.
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Source : goal.com