Arsenal face a daunting trip to Southampton looking to avoid a third successive defeat since the restart of the Premier League.
Injuries are piling up for Mikel Arteta, with the Gunners sitting in 11th and facing their first bottom-half finish in the league for 25 years.
Saints meanwhile picked up the momentum they had built before the league’s suspension by sweeping Norwich aside with ease.
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Now 10 points clear of the relegation zone, Saints can breathe a little easier and look to rise up further in the last eight games.
Here are the predicted line-ups for the game at St Mary’s.
When is it and what time is kick-off?
The match will begin at 6:00pm on Thursday, 25 June at St Mary’s.
How can I watch it online and on TV?
The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.
To watch the match without a Sky Sports subscription, you can purchase a Now TV pass here.
What is the team news?
Southampton will recall Shane Long after the Irish forward missed the game against Norwich with a muscle complaint. Moussa Djenepo is still suspended.
Arsenal have a litany of injuries, Bernd Leno (knee), Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Cedric Soares (facial) and Lucas Torreira (ankle) are all out. Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Granit Xhaka are back in full training, while David Luiz is suspended.
Southampton predicted XI: McCarthy; Valery, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg; Armstrong, Redmond; Ings, Obafemi.
Arsenal predicted XI: Martinez; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney; Ceballos, Guendouzi, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang.
What are the odds?
Southampton – 6/4
Draw – 5/2
Arsenal – 17/10
This is a tough situation for Arsenal, who have the weapons in attack to hurt Saints, but Hasenhuttl’s side are well-drilled and look like they have embraced the methods of their manager after a rough spell earlier in the season. We think the injuries will be too much for the Gunners to overcome here and Saints will capitalise on their moments on top to earn another win in a high-scoring affair. Southampton 3-2 Arsenal.
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