ARSENAL 3-1 Southampton – Alexis Sanchez (2), Theo Walcott
SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 Everton – Charlie Austin
Kick Off: 1945, 30/11/2016
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Head-to-head: Arsenal 2-1 Southampton, Arsenal 0-0 Southampton, Southampton 4-0 Arsenal, Southampton 2-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-0 Southampton, Arsenal 1-2 Southampton
* Arsenal and Southampton to draw after 90 minutes @ 11/4
* The sides met in the third round of the League Cup two years ago when Southampton came from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Emirates
* The Gunners also came back from a goal down to beat Saints 2-1 at home in the Premier League in September
* Arsenal have not lost in any competition since their opening-day defeat by Liverpool – an unbeaten run of 19 games
* Southampton’s last three matches have involved under 1.5 goals
* Saints have not won away from home in any competition since September and scored just two goals in those six games
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal reached the EFL quarter-finals by beating Championship clubs Nottingham Forest and Reading without conceding a goal but Southampton are bound to be much tougher opponents on Wednesday night.
As ever, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been fielding second-string sides in the cup and did not buckle even when his team faced Tottenham in last season’s competition. Lucas Perez scored twice in the 4-0 win at Forest but he faces a fight to be fit. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Elneny and Gabriel started both games but all three played in most of the Bournemouth game so may be rested. Olivier Giroud is doubtful with a hamstring problem.
With so many unknown factors, 4/5 on offer for Arsenal to win in 90 minutes does not appeal despite their unbeaten run. Three of Arsenal’s last five matches have finished all square in 90 minutes and with Southampton expected to field quite a strong side, 11/4 for the draw looks the way to go. The sides were heading for a draw this season but Saints were undone by a last-minute penalty. Arsenal’s last six matches have involved both teams scoring and it’s 13/20 for that to happen for a seventh time in a row.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Like Arsenal, Southampton have also reached the last eight without conceding a goal except they did it against Premier League opposition. Having beaten Crystal Palace and Sunderland in the previous two rounds, manager Claude Puel must decide whether to pick a stronger side in the pursuit of EFL Cup glory.
Three players started both the fourth-round win against Sunderland and Sunday’s 1-0 victory against Everton, the third match in a row in which there have been under 1.5 goals. That market is available at 29/10 if you think goals will be at a premium at the Emirates. Because of the paucity of goals in recent Saints matches, the ‘will both teams not to score: no’ market at 11/10 looks a possibility, although the opposite has been occurring in Arsenal’s last six matches.
When these sides met in the League Cup two years ago, Saints hit back from a goal down to win and Arsenal did the same this season when they won 2-1 at the Emirates. Could it happen again? We would not put you off in the Lead-Lose market at 6/1 which covers both teams. If you fancy Saints to win in 90 minutes, they are available at 333/100.