Southampton managed to pick up a goalless draw at Anfield thanks to Fraser Forster saving a penalty. It was however, the first time they’d failed to register a shot on target since they returned to the top-flight in 2012. It means they’ve drawn just three of 10 winless matches against the top-six this term, losing three of four at home and conceding at least twice in each of these defeats.
Arsenal beat Man United to keep their top-four hopes alive and if they’re able to win this game in hand then they’ll be just a point off Man City in 4th. It was their third win in four since going to three at the back, but on the road they’ve lost seven of their last 10, though it must be noted six of these losses were against top-eight clubs. Outside the top-eight, their away record reads W7-D2-L1 as they netted at least three in six of these.
The Saints hold a W2-D2-L0 record at home to the Gunners in the league since their promotion, but under Claude Puel they’ve only met at St Mary’s in the FA Cup where Arsenal put them to the sword in a 5-0 thrashing. Without Van Dijk they’ve struggled to contain the top-teams, and so we’ll back Arsenal to claim all three points. We’ll also have a punt on Danny Welbeck to open the scoring after he netted his first goal since returning from injury on the weekend, while he bagged a brace in the FA Cup here back in January.
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