No respite for sorry Saints

Mark Hughes

Sunday presents us with two more Premier League fixtures, the first of which sees Arsenal take on Southampton.

The Gunners’ annual resurgence now seems to be in full swing following Thursday’s 4-1 Europa League win over CSKA Moscow, winning their last five games in all competitions.

Arsene Wenger’s men have lost just one of their last 23 at home in the league and will expect to further improve their five-match winning run on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Saints have a point to prove following a shocking performance in last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to West Ham and currently find themselves in the bottom three.

Shane Long has revealed Mark Hughes made the team watch the Hammers game back and the Welshman will be desperate for a response after the disaster of his first Premier League outing in charge.

Despite all of his will and desire, there is no getting away from the fact Southampton have won only one of their last 18 in the Premier League and have failed to score in their last three.

Arsenal have won their last two at home 3-0 and a repeat of that outcome is 11/1, with the home win to zero 17/10.

The late game comes from Stamford Bridge where Chelsea welcome West Ham in a London derby.

Both have different priorities with the Blues still hoping for a top-four spot, while West Ham probably need at least another win to guarantee their Premier League safety.

Chelsea were a shambles in the second half of last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham and it appears that Antonio Conte’s time in England is slowly coming to an end.

In contrast, their cross-London rivals were excellent in their aforementioned 3-0 win over a lacklustre Saints side and will be hoping they have found their groove again after the controversy that surrounded them heading into the international break.

However, they have not won on the Fulham Road since 2002 and appear unlikely to break their duck on Sunday. This opinion is given further credence considering they have lost their last three away from home, conceding three or more on each occasion.

They could find the net though and both to score is 1/1 but it should be Chelsea’s afternoon and a home win with goals on both sides looks handy at 31/20.

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