Southampton vs. Arsenal: FA Cup Fourth Round – Match Preview

Southampton entertain Arsenal in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening.

Southampton progressed into the Capital One Cup final during the week, winning 1-0 at Anfield, eliminating Liverpool 2-0 on aggregate.

They ended a four game losing streak in the league last weekend as they thrashed the champions Leicester City.

Arsenal moved into second spot after a dramatic late victory at home to Burnley.

A 98th minute penalty from Alexis Sanchez was the difference as the Gunners seized on dropped points from their rivals.

Enhanced match odds

Arsenal to beat Southampton: 10/1 with Betfair*

Arsenal to beat Southampton: 10/1 with Paddy Power*

Form guide: Southampton W4 D0 L1; Arsenal W4 D1 L0
2016/17 top scorers
Southampton – Charlie Austin 9 goals
Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez 17 goals

Match history
Southampton have already eliminated Arsenal from a cup competition this term, winning 2-0 at the Emirates in the EFL Cup.

Arsenal won the league fixture this term though, thanks to another late Sanchez spot-kick.

Last five meetings (Premier League unless stated)
Arsenal 0 Southampton 2 (EFL Cup) – 02/02/16
Arsenal 2 Southampton 1 – 10/09/16
Arsenal 0 Southampton 0 – 02/02/16
Southampton 4 Arsenal 0 – 26/12/15
Southampton 2 Arsenal 0 – 01/01/15

Both teams to score – 4/6 with Coral

Team news
Virgil van Dijk is set to miss out again with the key defender likely to be ruled out for a few months.

James Ward Prowse and Jay Rodriguez both went off at Anfield and are unlikely to be involved.

Granit Xhaka will start the first of a four game ban here following his red card on the weekend.

Sanchez is likely to be rotated here, with Lucas Perez given a chance to impress.

Expected starting XI’s
Southampton (4-3-3): Foster; Martina, Yoshida, Stephens, McQueen; Reed, Clasie, Hojbjerg; Tadic, Long, Sims
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabriel, Gibbs; Coquelin, Ramsey; Perez, Ozil, Chamberlain; Giroud

Predictions

Result: Draw (13/5 with Bet Victor)

Correct Score: 1-1 (13/2 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Shane Long (9/4 with Coral)

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