Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Chelsea

Competition: Major League Soccer – Southampton vs. Chelsea

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, October 30 – 16:00 GMT (12:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Southampton 19/10 – Draw 12/5 – Chelsea 7/5

Match Preview

Southampton welcome Chelsea to St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a tie that has the makings of a classic, with both sides looking for three more points as they continue strong starts to the season.

The Saints are in a great run of form, unbeaten in five and are working their way up the Premier League table. Southampton come into this one having progressed in the League Cup in midweek. They drew their last league outing 1-1 away against City in what was an impressive display.

Claude Puel will be pleased with how has side are developing in the early stages of this season and will know they can cause any opponent trouble at home.

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Chelsea were knocked out of the League Cup midweek and will be looking to bounce back here. They demolished United 4-0 last weekend in what was easily their best performance of the season so far.

Antonio Conte is generally pleased with how his side have been playing in the league of late. He switched to 3-4-3 and has seen Chelsea win three on the bounce in the league since doing so.

The Blues are up to 4th, just one point off the top and back in familiar territory in stark comparison to last season. Chelsea need to ensure they pick up maximum points from their next three games before they face some other title contenders in back-to-back fixtures next month.

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Team News

Southampton are expected to be without Matt Target, Jay Rodriguez, Shane Long and Jeremy Pied for the visit of Chelsea here. Sofiane Boufal may keep his place in the side after scoring a fine goal in the League Cup against Sunderland on Wednesday.

Chelsea don’t have a huge injury list but are still expected to be without Cesc Fabregas, while Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic and John Obi Mikel are still unlikely to be named in the squad despite progression in their fitness.

Key Points

Southampton’s last five: W/W/D/W/D

Chelsea’s last five: L/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: Southampton are unbeaten in their last nine home Premier League games.

Key Player: N’Golo Kante – The Chelsea midfielder completely dominated the middle of the park against United last Sunday and continually moved the ball to his attacking teammates. If he plays like that again this weekend, Chelsea have a great chance of winning what is a tricky away fixture.

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Score Prediction

Southampton 1-1 Chelsea – St Mary’s is never an easy place to visit and Southampton will be feeling confident of getting another positive home result against a strong side. Chelsea’s momentum was rocked slightly in midweek and they will be eager to avoid defeat here.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City FC vs. Southampton FC

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Sunday, October 23 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Man City 1/2 – Draw 100/30 – Southampton 5/1

Match Preview

Manchester City welcome Southampton to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon, with both sides desperate for a win after disappointing results in Europe during the week.

Pep Guardiola watched his City team get thumped 4-0 at Barcelona on Wednesday, with Claudio Bravo’s sending off doing little to help his team’s chances at the Nou Camp.

That defeat means City have failed to win any of their last four games in all competitions. They missed two penalties in last week’s home draw with Everton and need to turn their fortunes around to avoid falling off the top of the table.

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The visit of Southampton presents a tough test for City but they have a squad strong enough to beat anyone on their day, and so an emphatic response is needed after the result in Barca.

The Saints lost 1-0 at Inter Milan in the Europa League on Thursday but do come into this game in very strong domestic form, having won three of their last four in the Premier League.

Claude Puel is starting to get his ideas across to the players and they have managed to only concede one goal in their last four league outings.

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After losing their first two away games of the season, Southampton have now kept back-to-back clean sheets on the road but are facing a tough task in trying to shutout a City attack that has scored the joint-most goals in the top flight after eight games.

Southampton won the most recent meeting between these sides 4-2 back in May, with Kelechi Iheanacho’s brace outdone by Sadio Mane’s hat-trick for the Saints.

More goals could be on the cards here, with both sides looking for points in what should be an entertaining contest.

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Team News

Pep Guardiola may be without both of his right-backs for the visit of Southampton on Sunday. Bacary Sagna is definitely out, while Zabaleta is a doubt. If they are both absent, he could change to a three-man defensive setup, as he did in last week’s draw with Everton. Yaya Toure is still suspended by the club and won’t feature, while Fabian Delph is not yet fit enough to start.

Southampton are looking a little light in attack ahead of Sunday’s game after Shane Long picked up an injury in the 1-0 loss at Inter Milan on Thursday. Nathan Redmond is a doubt, along with Ryan Bertrand and Matt Targett, while Cedric Soares, Jeremy Pied and Florin Gardos are all definitely sidelined. Exciting winger Sofiane Boufal is expected to make his full debut.

Key Points

Manchester City’s last five: W/W/W/L/D

Southampton’s last five: L/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: Since the turn of the year, Southampton (51) have collected two more points than Manchester City have in the Premier League (49).

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – It’s no secret that when Aguero is on form, Manchester City are far more lethal side. The Argentine striker started Wednesday’s game at Barcelona on the bench but should be raring to go from the off here.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 2-1 Southampton – This is another tough game for City to deal with, especially off the back of Wednesday’s result. They are stronger than the Saints on paper and Guardiola will be trying to make sure everyone performs to their highest levels to get back on the right side of the scoreline here. The Saints will fancy their chances but ultimately City need to be winning games like this if they are going to lift the title in May.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League – West Ham vs Southampton

Venue: London Stadium – Sunday, September 25 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: West Ham 19/10 – Draw 23/10 – Southampton 6/4

Match Preview

West Ham face Southampton at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon in what is a crunch fixture for the home side after a terrible start to the new season.

The Hammers have started life in their new home in underwhelming fashion. They did beat Bournemouth 1-0 but that was their only positive result of the season so far, having lost their other four fixtures.

Slaven Bilic is under pressure to get his side performing. They have lost their last two games 4-2 against Watford and West Brom – teams that the Hammers fans will feel they should be beating.

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The visit of Southampton on Sunday will offer a stiff test but West Ham have to try and stay calm in what is a difficult run if they are to get back on track and out of the bottom three.

The Saints haven’t had the best of starts themselves but did win their first league game of the season last weekend, edging past Swansea 1-0.

Claude Puel’s men have lost both away fixtures so far and will need to work on their performances away from home if they are to challenge for European places once again this term.

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They sit 14th going into the weekend but know that this is a winnable game and will likely attack the Hammers from the start, given their vulnerabilities at the moment.

This should be an entertaining clash between two sides that are desperate for points at this early stage.

Team News

West Ham are facing a real problem at left-back, with Arthur Masuaku ruled out for six weeks and Aaron Cresswell already sidelined too. Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll are all still ruled out too so Slaven Bilic doesn’t have the strongest squad to choose from here. Alvaro Arbeloa will be pushing for his first league start at full-back.

Southampton have three played ruled out for this one, with Florin Gardos, Jeremy Pied and Sofiane Boufal. Charlie Austin is set to start in attack alongside Shane Long after having scored four in his last three.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five: L/W/L/L/L

Southampton’s last five: D/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: Slippery slope – West Ham have now lost three-straight league games for the first time since Slaven Bilic took over. They have not lost four on the bounce since April 2014.

Key Player: Michail Antonio – The West Ham winger has been the bright spark in a poor spell for the club so far, scoring five in his last four league outings. He netted his first ever Premier League goal in this fixture last season and will be looking to keep his great run going on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 2-2 Southampton – There is nothing to split these two sides going into Sunday’s game. Yes, Southampton have looked better over the last couple of weeks but they have lost both away games so far this term and don’t have a great record away at the Hammers. West Ham are in trouble if they fail to win this, with their new stadium proving to be a stumbling block so far. There should be goals but we see this ending all square.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Southampton 

Venue: Old Trafford – Friday, August 19 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Man Utd 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Southampton 13/2

Match Preview

Manchester United host Southampton in the first Friday night Premier League game of the new season this week, with United’s new stars looking to enjoy their first home game of the campaign.

Jose Mourinho’s men strolled past Bournemouth last Sunday, winning 3-1 to move to the top of the Premier League after the first weekend, and will now be looking to stay there for the remainder of the season.

A lot is expected of the club this year, with vast amounts of money being invested into the side and global superstars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba set to make their home debuts here.

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United have not lost a home league fixture on a Friday since April 1950, winning 13 and drawing six since then. They are favourites for this one and are expected to be too strong for the Saints.

However, the Saints should arrive at Old Trafford in a positive frame of mind, having not lost at Old Trafford in three years. Claude Puel now needs to keep his new team well organised if they are to take anything from Friday’s game.

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Southampton were frustrated not to have beaten Watford last weekend, especially as they played against ten men for the later stages of that content, but they avoided defeat and need to ensure they remain competitive in the biggest games this term.

The Saints are set up to counter-attack and will look to hurt United with the pace of Shane Long and Nathan Redmond here, so the hosts need to be wary of the visitors’ threat on the break.

Team News

Jose Mourinho has two injury concerns ahead of Friday’s game, with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Jesse Lingard both doubtful. Chris Smalling is believed to be in contention again, but may have to settle for a place on the bench. Bastian Schweinsteiger remains out of the first-team picture and won’t feature, while all eyes will undoubtedly be on Paul Pogba, who is available to make his second United debut following his world-record transfer from Juventus. He may have to make an impact from the bench though, with a short preseason affecting his fitness levels.

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Southampton boss Claude Puel remains without left-back Ryan Bertrand and central defender Florin Gardos for Friday’s trip to Old Trafford. However, Jose Fonte could be passed fit in time for the game to come into the side. He has been linked with a transfer to United but Puel insists those reports are nothing but rumours.

Key Points

Manchester United’s form: W

Southampton’s form: D

Key Stat: Manchester United have failed to beat Southampton in their last three home outings against Friday’s opponents, losing each of the last two home games against the Saints by a 1-0 scoreline. Southampton have never won three-straight games at Old Trafford in their history.

Key Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – The powerful talisman enjoyed his Premier League debut, finding the net against Bournemouth in the second half. He will now look to shine on his home league debut at Old Trafford. He enjoyed playing against Claude Puel’s Nice side in Ligue 1, bagging 11 goals against the new Saints boss’ team over the past four seasons, including two hat-tricks.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 2-1 Southampton – This might not be as comfortable for United as the home fans would like it to be. Southampton were perhaps unfortunate to come away from their opener without a win, after dominating large parts of the game against Watford. They have done well on trips to Old Trafford over the past three seasons and will make things difficult for United here. However, there is a real feel-good factor back at Old Trafford and Mourinho’s men are expected to edge this, with Pogba’s return likely to help carry the team over the line.

The Dugout: Can Claude Puel keep Southampton on the rise?

The 2016/17 Premier League season is less than a week away and a number of clubs will start the campaign with new managers. Fans will be expecting more from their team and here, ‘The Dugout‘ will assess whether Claude Puel can keep Southampton fighting at the top end of the Premier League in his first season in English football…

Southampton FC have gone from strength to strength since returning to the Premier League four years ago and are now preparing for life under new manager Claude Puel.

Between them, Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman have turned the Saints into one of the Premier League’s most energetic and dynamic teams. As a team, they have succeeded with a strong defensive unit and a fluid, attacking setup over the past three seasons, despite losing several high-profile names each summer.

This summer has been no different. Sadio Mane has joined Liverpool, while Victor Wanyama has moved to Spurs, with Graziano Pelle heading off to ply his trade in China. Replacing those three first-team players would have been enough of a challenge by itself, but throw a new manager into the equation and the challenge becomes even greater.

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The Saints finished 6th last season – their best top flight finish since 1984 – and will want to see their team kick on again after improving their league finish every year since returning to the Premier League. That is far from guaranteed though in what will be a hugely competitive campaign.

Claude Puel moves to the south coast after spending his entire career in France. The 54-year-old manager made over 600 appearances for AS Monaco over the course of a 17-year playing career before moving into management with the same club in 1999, winning the league title in his first season as a head coach.

Since then, he has managed Lille, Lyon and most recently Nice, all without winning any silverware. However, he has a reputation for building solid teams by placing emphasis on youth development and getting his sides to play attractive football.

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So what can Southampton fans expect to see from their new head coach over the upcoming campaign?

A different tactical setup…

Southampton have thrived in a 4-2-3-1 formation over the past few seasons but may now be set to line up with a new-look system for the 2016/17 season. Claude Puel deployed a 4-3-2-1 system at Nice last season to good effect, as they finished fourth in Ligue 1, scoring the third-most goals in the division.

The Saints have gone unbeaten through preseason, with Puel using a 4-4-2 diamond formation as well as a 4-3-3 setup on a couple of occasions so it remains to be seen what the setup will be for their first league game of the season against Watford on Saturday. But the 4-2-3-1 that fans have been used to looks to be gone. New signing Nathan Redmond has been deployed as a striker alongside Shane Long during preseason and that will be a tactical decision to look out for.

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Youth development to continue…

There is no doubt that one of the deciding factors in bringing Puel to St Mary’s was the fact that he has a proven track record of developing youngsters. The Saints academy is one of the best in the country and a whole host of young stars are constantly looking for first-team opportunities. Puel could be the man to keep the youth system thriving on the south coast.

He will need to ensure he does use the club’s homegrown talent to stay competitive without the financial muscle that their Premier League rivals possess.

Attractive style of play…

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Saints fans will not want to see their style of play change too much despite a change of manager and that should not happen under the Frenchman. Puel is known for encouraging free-flowing, attacking football and so Southampton should continue to impress neutrals with their approach to games. The key will be finding the right personnel to fit Puel’s system.

The creative instincts of Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse will need to be let loose, while Shane Long and Nathan Redmond will guarantee that the Saints have plenty of pace in the final third. Losing Pelle means the Saints will need to rely on Charlie Austin if they are to stick with an out-and-out target man this season. If not, Shane Long will have to unlock defences with his clever runs in behind, but fans shouldn’t notice too much change on the entertainment front at St Mary’s this year.

Will Claude Puel keep Southampton at the same level they have been at over the past couple of seasons? Will they remain in the top half of the Premier League?

Would Graziano Pelle improve Chelsea’s attacking options?

Since the appointment of Antonio Conte, Chelsea have been linked with a number of players and transfer rumours are only further increasing since Italy were knocked out of the European Championship. Graziano Pelle, a surprise package at the tournament, has been linked with a move to the West London club to continue working under Conte, but would he improve Chelsea’s attacking options? Lewis Addley explores…

Graziano Pelle enjoyed a productive Euro 2016, if only for his personal reputation. The first-choice Italian forward netted two goals in his four games and, like the rest of his teammates, was bitterly disappointed to have fallen to Germany in the quarterfinal on penalties.

A widely held view is that Conte exceeded expectations with an Italian squad who were labelled as weaker than previous Italian teams. Pelle has been reported to be a target for Conte from a number of sources.

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Chelsea’s current frontline for the new season boasts Diego Costa, who is ‘100% staying‘ to be part of Conte’s revolution, new signing Michy Batshuayi, Loic Remy and Bertrand Traore.

Diego Costa netted just 12 Premier League goals last season, while Batshuayi’s 17 Ligue 1 goals earned him the £33 million move to the Blues last week. Remy, scoring just once, was used sparingly last season and many have expected him to be on the move ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, while Bertrand Traore’s development continues as he is seen as one for the future.

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So would Graziano Pelle improve Chelsea’s attacking options?

The Southampton striker boasted a strike rate of just better than one in three in the 2015/16 Premier League season, with 11 goals in his 30 appearances. He created 37 chances for his teammates, ten more than Batshuayi’s 27, and substantially beating Costa’s nine and Remy’s four.

Pelle registered six assists, only Batshuayi bettered that with ten, while Costa provided one and Remy none.

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Diego Costa had the best shot accuracy out of the four players with 79%, while Pelle came in at 39% – the lowest percentage of those compared. Batshuayi managed 56% and Remy was the second lowest on 50%.

With these stats in mind it wouldn’t be wrong to suggest Pelle could be a good squad addition, but with Costa looking set to stay put and with Batshuayi eager to develop into one of the world’s most deadly strikers, the Italian would be joining Chelsea with the knowledge he wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter.

Is Pelle a good fit for Chelsea? Will they go in for the 30-year-old striker?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Southampton 

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Tuesday, February 2 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 EST)

Match Odds: Arsenal 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – Southampton 18/5

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Southampton to The Emirates in a key midweek Premier League clash on Tuesday night, with the home side looking for a first league win in four here.

Arsenal come into the game without a win in three after back-to-back draws with Liverpool and Stoke were followed by a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea last weekend. Their title bid is now being questioned and the team need to respond.

They do remain just three points off leaders Leicester and it’s quite remarkable how they are still in the hunt after the amount of injuries suffered to key players over the course of the campaign.

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This is probably Arsene Wenger’s best chance at winning the title in over a decade and so they need to win games like this if they are to be crowned champions come May.

Arsenal’s Premier League record: P23 – W13 – D4 – L5

Southampton will arrive in north London in high spirits after a fine January run. The Saints have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches as the return of Fraser Forster has helped them defensively.

Winning those three matches in the league has helped to fight off questions of ‘second-season syndrome’ for manager Ronald Koeman and he will be relieved to see his side playing confidently once more.

New striker Charlie Austin is an excellent addition to the squad and should add more goals to their season. He got off the mark with a late winner at Old Trafford last time out and would love to follow that up with a goal at The Emirates on Tuesday.

Southampton’s Premier League record: P23 – W9 – D6 – L8

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Southampton thumped Arsenal 4-0 on Boxing Day and will now be dreaming of completing a league double over the Gunners.

That won’t be an easy task though as Arsenal are unbeaten at home to Southampton in 20 league matches. The Saints last won a league game at Arsenal in 1987.

Team News

Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere are still missing with ongoing injuries. Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky will also miss the clash as they are weeks away from returns.

Southampton are still without Florin Gardos through injury. Graziano Pelle, Jay Rodriguez and Steven Davis are all doubts.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/D/D/L

Southampton’s last five: L/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: Southampton have only won once on their last eleven visits to Arsenal in all competitions.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean superstar is back from injury and the Gunners will need him in the upcoming race for the title. He should provide a tough test for goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 1-1 Southampton – Southampton have reignited their spark after three wins on the bounce, much to the credit of returning goalkeeper Fraser Forster. However, Arsenal are a team with title ambitions and will probably end the winning run. Though a hard-fought draw between the pair could be on the cards.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Southampton

Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, January 23 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 4/5 – Draw 12/5 – Southampton 19/5

Match Preview

Manchester United take on Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, with the home side looking to increase their top four chances with a second straight win.

Louis Van Gaal’s side sealed an important win at rivals Liverpool last weekend, with Wayne Rooney’s fourth Premier League goal in three games proving the difference in that 1-0 victory.

That result means United are unbeaten in four league games now, although doubts still hang over their top four chances with many pundits still unsure of the team’s quality.

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A win against Southampton on Saturday would see United win back-to-back league games for the first time since November and would be a huge boost, given they are just two points off of fourth place going into the weekend.

Southampton will arrive at Old Trafford in good spirits as they are enjoying a good spell, having won three of their last five league games, including victories in their last two against Watford and West Brom.

Ronald Koeman’s side have looked better defensively since welcoming Fraser Forster back from his long spell on the sidelines, while new signing Charlie Austin will look to add more goals to a Saints side that has only scored one goal in their last three away matches in the top flight, and even that was an own-goal.

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The reverse fixture at St Mary’s saw United win an entertaining game 3-2, with Anthony Martial and Graziano Pelle both bagging braces that day.

The Saints beat United 1-0 at Old Trafford last season and will hope to repeat that feat here as they look to win a first away league game in five attempts.

Team News

Louis Van Gaal will be sweating over the fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ashley Young and Phil Jones ahead of the visit of Southampton as all three are doubts. Schweinsteiger has missed the last two league games but could return to the side here. Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Michael Carrick remain sidelined through injury.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman will still be without Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos through injuries, while Maarten Stekelenburg remains a doubt. That won’t matter too much though as Fraser Forster has marked his return to the side with back-to-back clean sheets and has made the Saints a more solid outfit again. Matt Targett will hope to continue to play on the left side of midfield after thriving there in recent games.

Key Points

Manchester United’s last five: L/D/W/D/W

Southampton’s last five: W/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: Manchester United have not scored a first-half goal at home in the Premier League since September.

Key Player: Wayne Rooney – The United captain has rediscovered his form after what had been a tough run. He has scored five in his last four games in all competitions and will hope to fire the Red Devils to three points here.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 0-0 Southampton – This looks set to be a very tight and low-scoring affair between two teams who have struggled with inconsistency all season. United might have won at Anfield last week but finding goals at home remains a problem, and with Fraser Forster back between the Southampton sticks, a 0-0 draw looks likely.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Southampton vs. Arsenal

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Saturday, December 26 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Southampton 12/5 – Draw 5/2 – Arsenal 11/10

Match Preview

Southampton welcome Arsenal to St Mary’s Stadium for the final game of the evening in what promises to be a pulsating Boxing Day bonanza in the Premier League.

The Saints are struggling at the moment and a 2-0 defeat at home to Tottenham last weekend extended their run of games without a win to five (D1, L4).

It’s the first time Ronald Koeman has really found himself in this situation since he took over at St Mary’s and he’ll be desperate to turn things round quickly – something they are more than capable of.

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Southampton are unlikely to find themselves in a relegation scrap and will expect to bounce back, although it may not happen here against Arsenal – the Saints have failed to win against any side in the top 13 as it stands (D4, L6).

Arsenal’s crucial 2-1 win against Manchester City on Monday night saw them become favourites for the Premier League title with the bookmakers, despite still trailing first-placed Leicester by two points.

Winning games like this one at Southampton will be imperative for the Gunners if they have any serious hopes of lifting the trophy that has eluded them for over ten years.

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Arsene Wenger’s side have won three on the bounce after a slight wobble in November, which saw them pick up just two points from a possible nine.

The Gunners struggled away at West Brom and Norwich – both of which were fixtures they would have expected to win – so they must avoid a repeat of those disappointments and seek a vital three points here.

The last meeting between these two sides saw Southampton ease past Arsenal on New Year’s Day at St Mary’s with a 2-0 victory after a calamitous performance from then Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Team News

Southampton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg could return to the starting lineup in place of Paulo Gazzaniga after recovering from a toe injury. 

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Arsenal’s squad remains thin on the ground as they are still without the injured Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.

Key Points

Southampton’s last five: L/L/D/L/L

Arsenal’s last five: L/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Arsenal have failed to win on their last four league visits to Southampton (D3, L1).

Key Player: Olivier Giroud – The Frenchman is continuously questioned and people continue to ask whether he is good enough. But he keeps on scoring goals and producing the performances. He will hope to be on the scoresheet again on Boxing Day.

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Score Prediction

Southampton 1-2 Arsenal – The Gunners have traditionally struggled at Southampton in recent history, but the Saints are at one of their lowest points for quite some time and come up against a confident and in-form Arsenal side.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Southampton

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, November 28 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Man City 4/7 – Draw 16/5 – Southampton 9/2

Match Preview

Manchester City host Southampton in an important Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon with the Citizens looking to win for the first time in four in all competitions here.

The Citizens have struggled after a very strong start to the campaign and come into the weekend sitting in third place, two points behind Leicester City at the top.

They need to win this one and will hope to bounce back from last Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

Manchester City’s Premier League record: P13 – W8 – D2 – L3

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Manuel Pellegrini’s men traveled to Italy in the Champions League on Wednesday and suffered a 1-0 defeat to Juventus so there may be some fitness concerns ahead of the visit of the Saints.

Southampton have stumbled themselves of late with just two wins in their last five. They lost 1-0 at home to Stoke last weekend and now have a difficult task in bouncing back.

Ronald Koeman will be generally pleased with what he has seen so far this term. The Saints sit eight in the table after 13 games and are just six points off City in third.

Southampton’s Premier League record: P13 – W5 – D5 – L3

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Southampton have yet to lose an away game in the Premier League this season but the absence of the suspended Graziano Pelle will affect their chances.

They have not won away at Manchester City since 2004 and will be looking to end a run of three straight defeats against their opponents in this one.

Team News

Manchester City’s injury list will still be worrying Manuel Pellegrini. Joe Hart is the latest name to pick up a knock and he’ll miss out here along with Samir Nasri, Pablo Zabaleta, Eliaquim Mangala and captain Vincent Kompany.

Southampton will travel to Manchester without star striker Graziano Pelle as he is suspended. Fraser Forster, Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos all remain sidelined through injury.

Key Points

Manchester City’s last five: W/D/W/D/L

Southampton’s last five: D/D/W/W/L

Key Stat: Manchester City have won their last five home games against Southampton in all competitions.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentine striker is back in the squad and will hope to fire City to victory in what is an important game for the club this Saturday. He has six goals in his last two Premier League appearances and will hope to keep that run going.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 2-1 Southampton – This is a close one to call. Neither side looks as sharp as they would hope to be at this stage of the season and so there could be goals here. The loss of Pelle will hurt Southampton and City should just have enough to edge past them.