Arsenal v Southampton Betting Preview – 30/11/16

Arsenal v Southampton Betting Preview – 30/11/16

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Arsenal v Southampton Betting Preview – 30/11/16

In our Arsenal v Southampton betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

It’s an exciting mid-week clash in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, as Claude Puel’s Southampton make a visit to the Emirates, with hopes of defeating Arsene Wenger’s fourth place Arsenal. The home side played out a fantastic 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth on Sunday, keeping them in the top four and showing how capable they are of finishing in even higher places. Southampton had almost as much fun their last game, playing Everton at St Mary’s Stadium also on Sunday, winning by a single goal scored in the opening minute.

After falling to a shocking 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool in their first game, Arsenal have met the expectations they would have set before the season started, reaching a stable top four place in the table, scoring goals in almost all of their games, and managing to fight it out as one of the remaining sixteen places in the Champions League. They’ve also been solid in their first two EFL Cup fixtures, beating Nottingham Forest 4-0 at the City Ground and defeating Reading 2-0 at home. Claude Puel’s side will be a far greater threat though, also impressing both in the league and in Europe through their mostly successful Europa League campaign. Arsene Wenger’s side look more ruthless this season, overcoming some teams that they would have crumbled against during former attempts. Chelsea and Manchester United always pose a threat, with Chelsea being especially frightening as they had gone unbeaten against Arsenal in the last eight league chances. They overcame them in September though, controlling the entire game and scoring through Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil.

Their last game had them playing a third game in the space of eight days, as a crucial Champions League fixture against Paris Saint-Germain presented itself on Wednesday, where Arsenal held the French giants to a pulsating 2-2 draw. They kicked-off against Bournemouth with an attacking prowess, demonstrated well by star-forward Alexis Sanchez, who netted past unprepared Adam Federici when he was gifted the ball just outside the area through a weak pass from defender Steve Cook. The tables turned eleven minutes later when Nacho Monreal conceded a penalty, put away by Callum Wilson. Arsenal pushed in front again after half-time through a Theo Walcott, securing the win late on with a stoppage time strike from Alexis Sanchez.

Following the exit of Ronald Koeman to Everton, new manager Claude Puel has rebuilt Southampton similarly to how Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino have had to in past seasons. Losing Graziano Pelle to the Chinese Super League, Sadio Mane to Liverpool and Victor Wanyama to Tottenham Hotspur, the former Nice manager brought in promising attackers Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond from Lille and Norwich City respectively. He also audaciously secured the signature of Danish Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. They’ve looked mostly very strong, needing to find some more consistency but still managing four wins and five draws from their opening thirteen fixtures. It’s also been made all the more impressive by the fact that they’ve had to juggle coming out with points in the Premier League as well as trying to be successful in their Europa League campaign.

Striker Charlie Austin and attacker Nathan Redmond have been important for their attack this season, scoring a combined nine goals in the league. Virgil Van Dijk has been a rock at the Saints defence, partnering well with Portuguese centre-back Jose Fonte. Southampton’s last game had them hosting Everton, which was Ronald Koeman’s first return to St Mary’s since he left in the summer. It couldn’t have started any better for Claude Puel’s side as young debutant Josh Sims passed across the face of goal to Charlie Austin, who headed past Maarten Stekelenburg within the first minute. The rest of the game had no more goals and looked uninteresting for the most-part, but Claude Puel will have been happy enough to come out of the game as a winning, sticking them tenth in the table and seeing off his predecessor.

Recommended Bets:

Arsenal to win (Best priced at 17/20 on William Hill) – BET HERE

Both teams to score (Best priced at 4/6 on Bet365) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 3/4 on Betway) – BET HERE

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