- Both teams have scored in four of the last six meetings between Southampton and Arsenal.
- Southampton and Arsenal drew 1-1 in the Premier League last month.
- Arsenal have lost just two of their last nine away games in all competitions.
- Southampton were beaten just twice in their last nine home assignments.
Fascinating tussle in store at St. Mary’s Stadium
Ralph Hasenhüttl formidable Southampton take on current FA Cup holders Arsenal in a Fourth-Round tussle that looks like producing goals at both ends at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Southampton are considered dark horses to land the trophy outright this season, and when you analyse their performances in 2020/21, it’s easy to see why.
High flying trio, Man Utd, Man City and Leicester are the only teams to have turned Southampton over in 17 fixtures involving the Saints since September last year, and Hasenhüttl’s hard-running side are expected to go toe-to-toe with Arsenal on Saturday.
Gunners building momentum
After a bleak late autumn and early winter period, things have started to look a little brighter for Arsenal of late, who head into Saturday’s cup game on the back of a six-match unbeaten surge.
The Gunners have made the most of a favourable run of fixtures to build a New Year’s head of steam, though the first of two meetings with Southampton inside the space of three days should test their new found confidence to the limit.
Goals likely at both ends?
Arsenal and Southampton locked horns as recently as December 16, where the teams traded goals in a keenly contested 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium, and their FA Cup do-over on Saturday promises to be just as tight a skirmish.
Goals have been scored by both teams in four of the last six encounters between the Saints and the Gunners, and the same market appeals for Saturday’s south coast cup clash at St. Mary’s Stadium.
In terms of a correct score prediction, a 1-1 draw that would take the teams to extra time is advised. Southampton – who have lost just twice in nine matches at home – are a tough nut to crack on their own patch, though Arsenal’s resilience on the road has improved, and the Gunners were bested in just two of their last nine assignments away from the Emirates,
Southampton and Arsenal couldn’t be separated in their league encounter last month, and a repeat of their 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium in December looks possible on Saturday.
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