Arsenal will look to secure a spot into the semi-final of the EFL Cup when they face Premier League outfit Southampton at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday.
The Gunners are in an excellent form at the moment, as they are 19 games unbeaten in all competitions. Their title hunt this season still remains intact with their 3-1 win against Bournemouth last Sunday.
Southampton ensured an important win against Everton last week in EPL. With that win, they climbed to the 10th position on the league table, and they seem confident to face the Gunners in this coming match.
The last time these two sides met at the Emirates, Arsene Wenger’s men won 2-1.
The Gunners, however, have a poor head-t0-head record against Southampton in the EFL Cup. In the 2014 League Cup match, Southampton knocked Arsenal out of the competition with 2-1 scoreline.
Team News: Arsenal
Arsenal’s injury woes still continue as several first team players are injured at the moment.
Oliver Giroud injured his hamstring during Sunday’s win against AFC Bournemouth. He is declared unfit to start against Southampton.
Santi Cazorla is once again unfit to start another match due to his achilles injury.
Right-back Hector Bellerin, who has been one of the star performers for Arsenal this season, will be sidelined from the match due to a foot injury he picked on the match against Tottenham.
The likes of Danny Welbeck and Chuba Akpom also will be unavailable vs. the Saints.
Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to make wholesale changes and rotate his squad. Emiliano Martinez played against Reading in the last round of the League Cup and may return to the starting lineup.
David Ospina is likely to start between the posts while Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs might be assigned with the first place start.
Arsenal: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Ospina – Jenkinson, Hector, Paulista, Gibbs – Ramsey, Coquelin – Iwobi, Walcott, Chamberlain – Perez
Team News: Southampton
Sofiane Boufal and Steven Davis were out of the team in their 1-0 win over Everton at the weekend due to illness. But, they have returned to face the Gunners tomorrow.
Dusan Tadic is still not fit for a return to action. He is still recovering from the broken nose he suffered during the international break.
Matt Targett, Jeremy Pied, Harrison Reid, and Alex McCarthy will be unavailable for selection because of injuries.
Youngster Josh Sims displayed an amazing performance on his debut against Everton and may retain his starting position in this midweek’s tie against Arsenal.
Manager Claude Puel may not make many changes to the team, considering the fact that their opponents are a very strong side.
Southampton: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Forster – Fonte, Djik, Bertrand, Soares – Davis, Romeu, Hojbjerg – Austin, Sims, Redmond
Arsenal vs. Southampton: Head-to-Head
Total games: 80
Arsenal wins: 39
Southampton wins: 19
Arsenal vs. Southampton: TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.K., the match will be live on fuboTV and beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A.. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found in the link here.
Arsenal vs. Southampton: Prediction
Arsenal is a favorite to win this contest, judging by their recent performances and record against Southampton. At the Emirates, Arsenal usually plays so dominantly that hardly any team can beat them. Southampton has to be at their best to disappoint Arsenal at their turf.
This League Cup tie between these two Premier League teams will be very competitive, undoubtedly. However, the Gunners are predicted to emerge as the winner.
Final Predicted Score. Arsenal 2-0 Southampton
Arsenal vs. Southampton: Betting Tips and Odds
- Arsenal win: 17/20
- A draw: 13/5
- Southampton win: 10/3
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to consider
- Arsenal is undefeated in their last 19 matches in all competitions.
- Arsenal hasn’t lost to Southampton in recent three home matches.
- Southampton is unbeaten in four of their last six matches against Arsenal.
- The Saints has won four out of their 13 EPL matches this year.
The Arsenal vs. Southampton stats were provided by Soccerway.
Arsenal vs. Southampton: Live Stream
The match can be streamed live online by clicking at this link. The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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