Ralph Hasenhuttl has taken charge at Southampton and his opening game at Cardiff City saw the Saints lose 1-0, indicating the size of the task that faces the Austrian as he bids to keep the south coast club afloat in the Premier League.
The former Leipzig manager now has a full week to work with his squad ahead of Sunday’s clash against Arsenal and Unibet offer odds of 3/1 that the home side manage to land their first win at St Mary’s this term.
While Southampton haven’t recorded a victory, they have drawn five of their seven clashes on home soil and recently stormed into a 2-0 lead against Manchester United before allowing the Red Devils to come back into the game.
Arsenal arrive for this match on a crest of a wave, with their unbeaten run now stretching to fourteen games and Unai Emery seems to be engineering positive results from difficult situations on a weekly basis.
Consider a Gunners Victory
Bet365 go 10/11 about a win for the Gunners who instil confidence thanks to their attacking approach to every game they play. The London side led twice at Old Trafford last week before being pegged back on each occasion.
We’re just not sure it’s sensible to be punting the visitors for a game where the opponents have a new manager whose track record is pretty impressive and it’s clear that Hasenhuttl will breathe new life into a squad that was going stale under Mark Hughes.
Given that Arsenal have only won four out of seven on the road, we’re slightly happier to plump for the draw at odds of nearly 3/1 with William Hill and feel as though it’s a result which would leave both managers relatively satisfied.
After this match, the Saints have clashes against Huddersfield and West Ham where points might be easier to collect, although the new manager arrives with the nickname “Klopp of the Alps” so don’t be surprised to see an attacking game of football featuring plenty of goals.
Over 3.5 Goals Looks Value
The bookmakers are certainly anticipating this to be the case and BetVictor go 4/6 that there are Over 2.5 Goals in this clash, while you might even extend the argument and say Over 3.5 Goals looks a spot of value at 17/10.
There have been no less than thirty goals scored in the Gunners’ seven away games to date, so the average of 4.29 certainly supports the above bets and there’s no way that the visitors will want to drop points from this fixture regardless of whether their opponents have a new gaffer.
Lucas Torreira has endeared himself to the Arsenal faithful already thanks to a string of impressive performances and the Uruguayan has also notched recently against Tottenham and Huddersfield, the latter of which proved to be the match winner.
BetVictor offer 5/1 that the midfielder finds the net during the course of this encounter, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the favourite to bag the first goal of the match and the joint-top scorer in the Premier League has been chalked up at 18/5 with BetVictor.