A Southampton side winless in 12 Premier League (PL) matches (D5, L7) welcome an Arsenal team that have not been beaten since the opening two matchdays of the season.
The only club without a home win this PL campaign, Southampton haven’t been easy to beat either (D5, L2). However at home, they’ve only played three teams that are currently in the upper half of the table, and have conceded two goals or more in each of those fixtures (D1, L2).
Southampton have scored the first goal in six of their 16 PL matches this season, and in five of eight where both teams have scored; but have only held the lead at half-time twice, and for a full-time win once. Furthermore, bereft of confidence, when they walk off trailing at half-time (six times) they’re yet to claim a single point.
Arsenal meanwhile, have – incredibly – not been in front at half-time yet this season. Tied at the break in 86% of their away matches so far (75% overall), they’ve converted nine of a total 12 half-time stalemates into victory.
The ‘Gunners’ have scored two goals or more in every single PL away match this season, and in nine of ten in all competitions. In league fixtures, they average 2.57 goals per away game.
Players to watch: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has been the ‘action boy’ for Southampton this season, with two goals, six yellow cards and one red, from 13 PL matches. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, meanwhile, enters the round as joint PL top scorer with ten goals.
Stat attack: Southampton are joint highest for draws (six) this PL season, however just three of the last ten league H2Hs have seen this result.
Brawlers. Arsenal’s last five PL matches have seen an average of 6.0 yellow cards.
Six of Arsenal’s ten PL wins this season have been by a two-goal margin or more.
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Referee: Kavanagh C. (Eng),
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)
Today’s referee will be Chris Kavanagh.
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