17:30 GMT 28 January 2017
Arsenal travel to St. Mary’s as both sides hope to get their names in the pot for the 5th round of the Emirates FA Cup. It’s one of only two all-Premier League ties, Southampton currently sit 11th while Arsenal are in 2nd with only Chelsea who have picked up more top-flight points than them this season. Saturday’s late kick-off has the potential to be a real FA Cup cracker between two very strong Premier League sides.
The last meeting between the two sides was in the EFL Cup quarter-final where Southampton came out on top as 2-0 winners. In the last 5 games against the Gunners, Southampton have only lost once.
Head to head matches: Southampton FC - Arsenal FC
|30.11.2016||EFL||Arsenal FC||Southampton FC||0:2|
After 2 great victories in their last 2 games, a 3-0 win at home to champions, Leicester City, and a 1-0 ‘smash and grab’ win at Anfield in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg, they’ll be confident when Arsenal come to town. Although Puel has been known for his ‘tinkering’ of the team, he’s not expected to change too much going into this FA Cup tie. He has 5 players on the injury table and the main two losses are Charlie Austin (shoulder) and Sofiane Boufal (knee), who have both clearly been well-replaced in the last few games. Also injured are Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett and Jeremy Pied, the first two out through hamstring problems and Pied has had surgery on a knee injury in the summer.
Latest matches: Southampton FC
|25.01.2017||EFL||Liverpool FC||Southampton FC||0:1||W|
|22.01.2017||Prem||Southampton FC||Leicester City||3:0||W|
|18.01.2017||FA C||Southampton FC||Norwich City||1:0||W|
|14.01.2017||Prem||Burnley FC||Southampton FC||1:0||L|
|11.01.2017||EFL||Southampton FC||Liverpool FC||1:0||W|
After a good run of results for Arsenal recently that has seen them shoot up to second in the Premier League table, Arsene Wenger won’t want to make a lot of changes to his side. However, because of their commitments to the Premier League and Champions League, they might rest some of their key players. Arsenal have 3 players who aren’t far from a return to the squad but Saturday’s game might be a bit too early. Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Debuchy and Theo Walcott probably won’t be risked in this one. Mohamed Elneny is also unavailable due to his contribution to Egypt’s African Cup of Nations campaign.
Latest matches: Arsenal FC
|22.01.2017||Prem||Arsenal FC||Burnley FC||2:1||W|
|14.01.2017||Prem||Swansea City||Arsenal FC||0:4||W|
|07.01.2017||FA C||Preston North End||Arsenal FC||1:2||W|
|03.01.2017||Prem||Bournemouth AFC||Arsenal FC||3:3||D|
|01.01.2017||Prem||Arsenal FC||Crystal Palace||2:0||W|
There isn’t a clear winner in this FA Cup fixture and I wouldn’t be surprise to see this game go to a replay. Home advantage will benefit Southampton but Arsenal’s success in the FA Cup in recent years make them very slight favourites to get into the next round.
28 January 2017 - 17:30 GMT
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