Arsenal vs Southampton preview, betting tips and prediction: Is time running out for Mark Hughes already?
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Many people believe that Southampton’s decision to wait on sacking Mauricio Pellegrino until after the defeat to Newcastle last month has piled unnecessary pressure on the club and the players in what has become a straight battle to avoid relegation and Championship football for the first time since 2012. Given how previous seasons have panned out for the Saints, who became accustomed to challenging at the top end of the table under the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman, it is a real shock to see where they are. Even though they have sold a lot of real quality over the past few years, their squad still looks good enough to stave off a relegation threat. Despite Mark Hughes’ arrival, though, things are looking bleak on the South Coast. Don’t miss out on Coral free bets!
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Having lost 3-0 at West Ham last week, Southampton travel to Arsenal on Sunday in the bottom three and in desperate need of some inspiration. Arsenal, who beat another struggling side Stoke by the same scoreline last Sunday, will have an eye on the Europa League tie against CSKA Moscow, so could be there for the taking. But, as they showed against the Potters, they can win without playing particularly well. Southampton are in crisis and a trip to the Emirates Stadium is the last thing they need; we think they will leave empty handed.
For all the negativity this season, Arsenal have maintained a strong home record throughout. Their last three games in all competitions, all at the Emirates, have ended in a victory by three goals, so they will be confident ahead of this one.
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Southampton, by complete contrast, have lost their last two by three with no reply and are on a dismal run of just one win in 18 Premier League games.
Neither side have any fresh injury concerns ahead of this game.