In a Sunday, December 10, of classics by the English Championship, it will be up to Southampton and Arsenal to open the schedule of the day. The match, for the fifteenth round of the tournament in its 2017/2018 edition, will be held at St. Mary’s Stadium starting at 10am (Brasília time).
Southampton’s recent performance
With just one victory in the last six matches, Southampton are the eleventh in the Premier League. He accumulated 17 points (four wins, five draws and six losses). There are 11 points from Arsenal, which closes the European tournament classification zone, and has seven points ahead of Crystal Palace, which opens the sticking region.
Undergoing a transition process under the command of coach Mauricio Pelegrino, hired after taking little Alaves to the runner-up of the King’s Cup last season, Southampton looks comfortable in that situation.
Not even his home-grown performance has been one of the most exciting. With 11 points (three wins, two draws and three defeats) from 24 played, it is only ranked tenth in the ranking that only takes into account the results of the teams in their stadiums.
To face Arsenal, Pellegrino has two doubts involving athletes who are regularly used as starters. Portuguese defender Cedric Alves (14 games in English Premier League 2017/2018, no goal) and Irish striker Shane Long (13 games without a goal). They are undergoing injury treatment and must undergo a new evaluation that will determine if they can be used at the start.
The current form of Arsenal
Arsenal can not count on the full week of preparation for the game. He needed to enter the field on Thursday, December 7, to complete his participation in the group stage of the Europa League. At Emirates Stadium he faced Bate Borisov.
As has been happening since the start of the continental tournament, coach Arséne Wenger dribbled this difficulty by putting a team on the field. It avoided the wear and tear of its main players. Arsenal’s B-team was enough to ensure they qualified for the next stage of the tournament and beat Belarus 6-0 on the final day.
Holders, however, were unable to cope with Manchester United in the previous round. At home, the Gunners were beaten 3-1 and lost their place in the qualifying zone for the next version of the Champions League. They are in fifth place with 28 points (nine wins, one draw and five losses).
Your visitor campaign, however, has been far less than you might expect. Of the 21 points disputed in this condition, it added only seven (two victories, a tie and four defeats). It did, however, show signs of improvement. After going unbeaten in the first four matches as column two, he had two successes in the last three.
The classic against United brought another injury. Defender Shkodran Mustafi (nine games in the 2017/2018 English Championship, one goal) had to leave earlier in the game. He was still in the first half due to muscle injury. The club did not provide details about the gravity of the situation. But most likely he will not be available to perform on Sunday.
History of the matches
The teams met in the three national competitions last season. For the Premier League, Arsenal won both matches. At home, by 2 to 1. As a visitor, by 2 to 0.
In the League Cup of England, Southampton, out of their domains, eliminated the Gunners scoring 2-0. The change happened in the English Cup when Arsenal dispatched Southampton in St. Mary’s, thrashing 5-0.
The performances of the two teams have not been able to delight, although they keep them close to the possible goals for the season. A little better technically, Arsenal is a better guessing option for the 1.90 showdown at Rivalo. Draw presents prize of 3.50 and success of the owners of the house yields 4.00 per 1.