Arsenal vs Southampton 24-02-2019 - Free Betting Tips

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The Premier League is made up of individual journeys and this contest is a perfect example of that. Arsenal are desperate to prove they still belong among the best of the best in the league, and are gunning – no put intended – for one of those top four positions. Meanwhile, Southampton find themselves in a battle to survive relegation once again. For more on this heated matchup, check out the rest of our Arsenal vs Southampton preview.

Arsenal vs Southampton Best Odds

24. February 2019 | 14:05
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Arsenal win
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Arsenal win to nil
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Southampton win
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The Arsenal vs Southampton best odds give the advantage to the home side, who come into this contest with a 64% win probability to their opponent’s 14%. Those who want to back the favourites to victory will find low-risk 1/2 (1.50) match odds at William Hill. Arsenal fans who want to increase their potential ROI can instead predict that they will keep a clean sheet in this contest, as Ladbrokes have medium-risk 17/10 (2.70) odds on the team winning to nil. In contrast, punters who want to show support for Southampton will find high-risk 6/1 (7.00) odds at Betfair on an away side win.

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Arsenal win
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Southampton win
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Arsenal vs Southampton Betting Tips: Form Guide

Arsenal Slip But Mostly Maintain Quality  

Few teams this season have had the ups and down that Arsenal have. On the plus side though, it’s obvious when looking at the standings that they’ve done enough to remain an imposing force within the Premier League. The bad news is, where they were once trading wins and draws, they are now sliding into trading wins and losses.

If you look at their season, you can see that after their disastrous start – losing 2-0 to City and then 3-2 to Chelsea –, they actually managed to go 22 games without defeat, despite multiple stalemates. And that run was ended by no other than Southampton in a 3-2 result. That fact alone should give the Arsenal vs Southampton match previews room for pause.

Since then, they’ve gone back-and-forth performance wise. One week they look dominant and the next, they fall to the same problems: the sluggish starts and defensive issues. These have led to them being picked apart by Liverpool 5-1, and falling once again to Manchester City 3-1.

However, to say there haven’t been improvements would be untrue, even if some of Emery’s tactical decisions have been questionable. Most importantly, they succeed more often than they fail. After all, the 26 point difference between them and Southampton is proof alone of that.

Southampton’s Strengths Lie In Their Defence  

Arsenal are inconsistent in the sense that people often think they will win, and sometimes they fail to come through victorious. Southampton are inconsistent in that they are often expected to fail and occasionally surprise us. Of course, as mentioned, one of those surprises came against Arsenal themselves, giving the Arsenal vs Southampton betting tips a reason to reconsider their confidence in the home team.

Unfortunately, that game was an exception to what we’ve generally seen this season. That being said, there are spots of hope. They managed to drag Chelsea to a 0-0 stalemate in their first contest of 2019. During this, they showcased a resilient defence which was highlighted by a spectacular performance by goalkeeper Angus Gunn. They followed this up with a 2-1 win over Everton. And although they looked lucky to survive their 1-1 clashes with Crystal Palace and Burton, survived they did.

If there’s one thing all these games exemplify, it’s the strength of the Southampton defence – even if their most recent 2-1 loss to Cardiff did show the weaknesses in that part of their game. It’s fair to say that Southampton have consistently failed to get the job done. But it’s also fair to say that few have beaten them without a serious fight, and they’ve proven they can take down top teams on the right day.

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The Last Five Games

Arsenal VS. Southampton

  • Arsenal Form 3 wins, 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Arsenal Goals 8 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Southampton Form 1 win, 2 draws, 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Southampton Goals7 goals in the last 5 matches
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Arsenal vs Southampton Preview: Recent Meetings

We could hardly avoid talking about their most recent clash, considering just how relevant it is to the Arsenal vs Southampton betting tips for today. However, we’re afraid that aside from that,  it’s mostly bad news for the Saints.

Arsenal not only managed to beat them by the same scoreline earlier that year but also did so twice in 2017, with a 5-0 win in January and a 2-0 win in May. Before that, things do become a little more evenly matched. That being said, it is worth pointing out that Southampton, in general, were performing better and getting better results during that period, and even here Arsenal retain the statistical upper-hand.

Overall, Arsenal have managed to accumulate over double the number of wins than Southampton across 90 years and dozens of contests. It seems that little has changed in that regard in all those years.

Arsenal vs Southampton Prediction: Well-Earned Arsenal Win

The first thing we want to make clear is that the commenters who seem to think this will be an easy game for Arsenal are being foolish. Southampton are a team that beat them once in December and took them to the limit earlier that year. For all their faults, you can’t deny their defensive resilience.

Often, we say that the scorelines don’t tell the whole story and, to an extent, that’s true here. But in this instance, they are a pretty good reflection of how these teams have played this season. For all their potential, Southampton simply hasn’t been able to pull the trigger and get those victories when they needed to. Against a team of the calibre of Arsenal – even with their weaknesses –, it seems less than likely they will manage it here.

With that in mind, our Arsenal vs Southampton prediction is for the Gunners to successfully wear down the rugged Southampton’s defence and net another three points in their Premier League journey.

If you’ve enjoyed reading our Arsenal vs Southampton free betting tips, then you’ll find plenty more sporting insights and up-to-date match previews right here at Betting.org.

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