Our prediction for this Premier League match:
After dropping two points in a 2-2 draw with West Ham, Arsenal will look to retain top position in the Premier League table when they face Southampton on Friday evening. The Gunners face a must-win situation against the Saints as Man City are breathing down their neck, and we are positive that Mikel Arteta’s troops will go all guns blazing at the relegation strugglers. All Elneny, Saliba, and Tomiayasu remain in the recovery room, while Zinchenko should recover in time to face Southampton.
The Saints, on the other hand, extended their losing run to three games at the weekend, with the team suffering a 2-0 defeat to Palace on home soil, and given their shaky defence, the Gunners will not have a better chance than this to get back on course. As for the away team, all Orsic, Adams, Larios, and Salisu are sidelined with injuries, while Maitland-Niles is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Highlighted Player (Granit Xhaka):
Granit Xhaka is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most talented central midfielders at the moment and he is on the radar of quite a few high-profile sides. Just two seasons at FC Basel proved enough to attract interest from Borussia M’gladbach, who secured his signature in the summer of 2012.
The Switzerland international had a slow start to his career in Germany, causing many pundits to start doubting his credentials, but he eventually turn things around to show he is more than capable of playing at the highest level. Acting as a deep-lying playmaker, Xhaka impressed fans and pundits alike with his performances in Bundesliga and European competitions, and he even managed to score a couple of important goals in the process.
Despite his fragile age, the highly regarded footballer has been a key member of the Switzerland national team for quite some time now, scoring 6 goals in his first 40 caps to establish himself as a real leader of the Rossocrociati. The 2014 World Cup, where he scored one goal in four starts, should prove just the first of many major tournaments to come.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.