Southampton vs Arsenal Odds – Saturday 28th January 2017 – 17:30 – BT Sport 1
Southampton are 5/2 with the draw at 5/2 and Arsenal are 21/20
Betting tips and match preview | FA Cup
Southampton welcome Arsenal to St.Mary’s in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with the Saints on a high after reaching the EFL Cup final.
The Saints come into this match on the back of a 1-0 win against Liverpool, with the Saints handing Liverpool their second successive home defeat.
Shane Long (90+1) scored the only goal of the game for the visitors, who have conceded just once in the EFL Cup this season.
It was another counter attacking move that gave the Saints the winner, with Southampton breaking at pace from their own penalty area.
Liverpool endured another night to forget, with the Reds annoyed that Divock Origi was denied a penalty after a foul in the Saints penalty area.
They were also narrowly denied an opener after Fraser Forster fumbled a long-range effort, the Saints keeper just clawed it back off the line.
Southampton In Great Form
The Saints have had a reasonably mixed bag throughout the season, they are in great recent form though.
They have won four of their last six matches, including two wins against Liverpool, they have conceded just once in the EFL Cup.
Claude Puel will be delighted that they have reached a major final, with the chance to go down in Saints folklore at stake.
Southampton come into this match as underdogs, despite their excellent recent form and having home advantage.
This will be a tough fixture for Claude Puel’s side, with Arsene Wenger’s side knowing this is one of their only realistic chances at silverware.
The Saints will be looking to draw on the earlier performance against Arsenal, where they registered a 2-0 win.
Gunners Dig Deep
The Gunners come into this match in good form, securing a late win against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.
There were no goals in the first half, with the deadlock broken in the 59th minute by defender Shkodran Mustafi.
Burnley left it late to find an equaliser but they were awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute, with Andre Gray stepping up to score.
But that wasn’t enough with Alexis Sanchez scoring a penalty of his own in the 98th minute, to give Arsenal all three points.
Gunners At The Double
The Gunners are now unbeaten in five matches, although they will still be smarting from the Bournemouth draw.
Wins against Burnley, Swansea, Preston, Crystal Palace and West Brom, as well as the defiant draw against Bournemouth mean they remain unbeaten.
The priority for Arsenal will be the league, even an FA Cup win may not be enough to appease the Gunners fans this season.
Giroud has been absolutely key, with Alexis Sanchez returning to form of late to give Arsenal a huge boost.
Arsenal come into this match as favourites, with their excellent record this season informing those odds.
The Gunners will be looking to avenge the loss in the EFL Cup, where Southampton won by 2-0 at the Emirates.
Arsenal will be looking to continue their overall form against Southampton, they have won 39, drawn 22 and lost 20 of their 81 meetings.
Both teams are 8/13 on to score. The first goalscorer odds for Southampton are Shane Long at 6/1 with Jay Rodriguez at 7/1. For Arsenal, Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez are at 9/2 with Danny Welbeck at 11/2.
The last time that these two sides met Southampton won 2-0 and the odds of the same result are 18/1.
Southampton vs Arsenal Odds
Tip 1 – Sanchez to score first @ 9/2
Tip 2 – 2-2 draw @ 12/1