New Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl certainly has a job on his hands. The former RB Leipzig coach took charge of his first game at his new club last weekend as they paid a visit to fellow relegation battlers Cardiff, but despite the new hand at the tiller it was the same old Southampton in Wales.
They lost that game 1-0, following on from their 3-1 defeat at Spurs to make it 12 Premier League games without a win. That 2-0 win over Crystal Palace was their only league victory of the season, and with 9 defeats from their 16 games they find themselves down in 19th place and only ahead of Fulham on goal difference.
There doesn’t look to be much hope for them this weekend either, because they’re facing an Arsenal side who look reborn under Unai Emery this season. The Gunners lost their opening 2 league matches against Manchester City and Chelsea, but since then it’s been a blinding success.
Arsenal rounded off their Europa League group stage campaign with yet another win in midweek, and that 1-0 success over Qarabag extends their unbeaten run to an incredible 22 matches in all competitions. 14 of these have been in the Premier League, a record which has put them well in the running for a top 4 spot this season.
Currently, they lie just outside the top 4, trailing Chelsea on goal difference and behind North London rivals Tottenham by a 2 point margin. The Gunners may be rank outsiders for a title challenge this season, but it’s a massive step in the right direction for them.
The visitors have won 4 of their last 6 Premier League away games, and they’re facing a Saints side who are yet to win a home league game this season. In fact, Southampton have won just 1 of their last 18 Premier League matches at St Mary’s, and they have only won 2 of their last 17 Premier League meetings with Arsenal.
Arsenal have won 30 of their last 37 Premier League matches against sides who have started the day in the relegation zone, and with 10 wins from their last 14 league games we think they’re excellent value to get the win on Sunday. We’re backing that, along with a 3-1 correct score predictions.