Soccer Picks & Tips for Southampton vs. Arsenal

Nila Amerova

Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:00 AM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 5:00 AM GMT

Arsenal look to extend their winning form at the expense of Southampton when they collide in week 23 EPL betting. Here’s a primer on this highly anticipated clash complete with our soccer-betting verdict.

Southampton at the Disadvantage

The odds are stacked heavily against Southampton when they host Arsenal in EPL week 23 betting. Bookies install Southampton as the +260 underdogs for the home win, while the draw is listed just under at +250 soccer odds at Bet365.

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Southampton are sat ninth in the table on an 8-7-7 mark and 31 points. Once upon a time, Southampton were soaring higher in the league table, proving to be the surprise package of the season. They’ve come down in the world since however, on the back of inconsistent form that is largely down to a tough schedule, with some of the league’s heavyweights delivering a dose of reality.

Six defeats in their last eleven Premier League games, including losses to Arsenal, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton forced Southampton to give significant ground away to top half of the table rivals, and saw them drop in the soccer betting markets to +4000 to finish top six and down to a whopping +15000 to finish top four.

They are five points shy of eighth-placed Newcastle United but, at the same time, seven points clear of tenth-placed Aston Villa, which assures them a spot in the top ten for the next little while at least. Small blessings.

Overall recent form reveals a 3-1-2 mark in their last six both home and away and across all competitions; they are 2-1-3 in their last six overall Premier League games and 2-1-3 in their last six home games as well. A 1-1 draw to Man City marks the only positive result against a heavyweight during this questionable period.

Arsenal meanwhile are living dangerously, precariously perched at the top of the table with only a point edge over Man City and a two-point edge over Chelsea. In tune to their top credentials, sportsbooks send Arsenal as the favourite into their clash with Southampton, albeit on the short side of even money at +110 at Bet356.

Arsenal are 16-3-3 on the season with 51 points. Current form has been auspicious with the Gunners reeling off six straight wins since Boxing Day to reclaim top spot, which they temporarily relinquished to Liverpool ahead of Christmas. Most impressively, they’ve kept clean sheets in four of their six wins.

Southampton vs. Arsenal Betting Tips and Picks

Southampton aren’t doing too badly in Premier League action, but they’ve had a rough go with the schedule of late and the strain of it all is showing. Fortunately, Arsenal is the last heavyweight for some time and the schedule promises to lighten up with Fulham, Stoke and Hull City on the horizon.

The thing is, though, they’ve taken such a beating in the last few rounds that even Sunderland were able to do damage last weekend by erasing a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 and share in the spoils. A demoralised Southampton quickly trudged into the locker room. All that doesn’t augur well for them when Arsenal calls. Therefore, Arsenal to win outright is the smart soccer pick at +110 at Bet365.

Soccer Free Picks: Arsenal to win outright at +110; Under 2.5 at -105
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