Arsenal vs Southampton: Prediction, kick-off time, team news, h2h, odds
Successive draws away at Liverpool and West Ham, after the Gunners had taken a two-goal lead on both occasions, has seen momentum stall for Mikel Arteta’s side, who have a four-point advantage over rivals Manchester City at the top-flight summit but have played a game more.
They still have to travel to the Etihad Stadium too, with that huge match coming on Wednesday night, and so more dropped points here would really derail Arsenal’s title bid. With City in FA Cup semi-final action against Sheffield United at Wembley this weekend, the Gunners have the chance to take a seven-point lead into that match, even if Pep Guardiola’s defending champions will by then have two games in hand.
Southampton are bottom of the table and four points from safety as things stand, with their survival hopes looking increasingly slim under Ruben Selles and time quickly running out.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Arsenal vs Southampton is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off tonight on Friday April 21, 2023.
The match will take place at the Emirates Stadium in north London.
Where to watch Arsenal vs Southampton
TV channel: The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR in the UK, with coverage getting underway at 7pm.
Live stream: The Sky Go app will provide a live stream to subscribers online.
Live blog: You can follow all the action tonight via Standard Sport’s live blog, featuring expert analysis from Simon Collings at the ground.
Arsenal vs Southampton team news
William Saliba has been out for a month and is unavailable once again for the Gunners, with fears that he could miss the rest of the season with the back injury suffered against Sporting Lisbon last week.
Arsenal are hoping that Oleksandr Zinchenko will return after missing the draw at West Ham with a groin issue, though Arteta said on Thursday that was not guaranteed either.
Elsewhere, Jorginho and Eddie Nketiah are among those pushing for starts should the Arsenal boss opt to make changes. Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu won’t play again this term, though.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is ineligible to feature for Southampton against his parent club, but Theo Walcott is in contention to start against the Gunners.
Che Adams is close to returning from a calf injury, though this match will come too soon for the Scotland forward.
Mislav Orsic is back and Tino Livramento is nearing a first-team return, though Mohamed Salisu and Juan Larios remain in the treatment room.
Arsenal vs Southampton prediction
For all Arsenal will be frustrated with draws at Anfield and the London Stadium, there were still positives to take as they started both matches in imperious fashion.
The Gunners will surely not be so careless should they move ahead against the worst side in the Premier League, and will be confident of picking up a comfortable win ahead of the season-defining trip to the Etihad.
Arsenal to win, 3-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Arsenal wins: 53
Southampton wins: 23
Arsenal vs Southampton match odds
Arsenal to win: 1/6
Southampton to win: 17/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).