Two of the form sides clash at the Emirates Saturday, as Arsenal face Southampton, with Bet365 reporting they are already taking plenty of bets on the away side to continue their rise at a big price of 5/1.
It would be fair to say that both of these teams have probably surpassed their supporters’ expectations so far this season with Arsenal progressing into real title contenders and Southampton playing some very attractive football as they have surged to third in the Premier League.
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This clash with the Gunners will be the Saints’ biggest test yet and we’ll know more of their top-four credentials come the final whistle on Saturday afternoon.
The early signs aren’t good either for Southampton fans making the journey for an away day in London hoping for a positive result. Arsenal have not lost a home league game against Southampton since November 1987, winning 13 and drawing five of their 18 matches since that defeat.
This and their epic current form suggest that punters piling into the 4/7 with Paddy Power will end up onto a winner. Before their defeat against Manchester United two weeks ago, Arsenal had won eight of their previous nine matches in the Premier League.
That opening day defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, where the home fans vented their frustration at manager Arsene Wenger, certainly seems a long time ago. Past trends don’t bode well for a Southampton win either as Southampton’s win ratio against Arsenal in the Premier League (14%) is the lowest of any side they’ve played more than three times in the competition.
However, only Arsenal (22) have won more points in the Premier League since the start of September than Southampton (18) as Mauricio Pochettino’s men have embarked on a hugely successful run, which has seen them only concede five goals in the league – the best defensive record in the English league.
It’s this angle that many punters are latching onto as the visitors have been nibbled at the market at 11/2 but in our opinion will struggle to cope with the attacking talents on display in the opposition forward line.
One of those that will need to watched closely is Aaron Ramsey, who has netted 11 times in 18 competitive appearances for Arsenal this season, this after scoring 11 in his previous 150 competitive appearances for the club before 2013-14.
His remarkable return to form seems no sign of stopping and punters are following him in the markets to score first at 7/1.
Other players to consider to fire Arsenal to victory include Mesut Ozil, who should be backed at a huge 10/1 to score first.