Match date: 26 Dec 2015
| Sport: Football
| Competition: England Premier League
| Stake: 6/10
| Pick: 2
| Match result:
4-0 - Lost
Southampton will host Arsenal in 18th round of English Premier league. Southampton had a good start of this season and in first 11 rounds suffered only two defeats against Manchester United and Everton, but now coming here after five defeats and one draw, most recently in previous round were defeated by Tottenham at home 0:2. They totally dropped their form and it will be very hard to earn some points here against great Arsenal. Southampton also had great start in previous season but later dropped their form and ended at 7th position, on start of this campaign they were also playing in Europa league qualifications but in final round were eliminated by Danish Midtjylland. In quarter finals of Capital One Cup suffered convincing defeat against Liverpool and were eliminated, now must show really outstanding performances to achieve positive outcome against great Arsenal. Southampton currently occupies 12th position and it will be very hard to repeat last season results if they don't improve their form, this match against Arsenal isn't coming in best moment for the team. Southampton managed to win two times in last five duels against Arsenal, while suffered two defeats and got one draw but at this moment I believe that they would be satisfied with one point. As for absent players, defender Florin Gardos and attacking midfielder Jay Rodriguez will stay out of action due to injuries while goalkeeper Fraser Forster is still unfit due to his long term injury.
Arsenal meanwhile is in great shape, they managed to achieve very important victory in previous round over Manchester City and currently are at 2nd position at the table with only two points less than Leicester. Arsenal showed really good performances in great match against Manchester City, they managed to take a lead in 33rd minute when Walcot scored, while in additional time before the end of first half Giroud scored great goal after Ozil assisted. In 2nd half Arsenal had a few great chances but they have failed to score and Yaya Toure managed to decrease Arsenal's lead and give hope to Manchester City fans but Arsenal managed to save their lead and earn very important three points. They now coming to this match after four consecutive victories while in last six matches in all competitions are without defeat. Arsenal finally found their form, they are playing really great and for sure will give their best to win here and try to keep up with league leaders Leicester. They also managed to reach knockout stage of Champions league despite that they had really poor start in group stage. Arsenal is for sure one of the main pretenders for the title, so far they scored 31 goal and conceded 14 and showed great performances in every part of their game. If Arsenal continue with performances like so far this will for sure be very successful season. Coach Arsene Wenger still has a lot of problems with injuries, midfielders Tomas Rosicky, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, forwards Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck are all still out of action due to injuries.
Southampton is in really bad shape, they now have a really hard task to achieve positive outcome and end series of bad results against great opponents, while Arsenal is in great shape, they are favorites here and also one of the main pretenders for the title, they must go for a victory here and I expect that they will achieve another positive outcome in this campaign.