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The 2016-17 season started off nicely for Arsenal as they held on to the top four of the English Premier League for a long time. Of late things are looking good for the Gunners who have already made progress to the second round of the UEFA Champions League as well. But SouthamptonFC has looked a bit off-colour this season with their successful manager Ronald Koeman shifting his base to Everton. And when these two teams face off for the League Cup in the middle of the week, things are bound to get tense at the Emirates Stadium. As we build up to the League Cup encounter between Arsenal and Southampton, we bring forward the live streaming details, TV guide, match preview, match prediction, team news, probable starting line-up and match prediction.
Arsenal vs Southampton: Match Preview
The home crowd would be expecting a stellar performance from their side when they meet Southampton in the League Cup tie. The last encounter between Arsenal and Southampton ended in a 2-1 win for the Gunners with a late penalty kick from Santi Cazorla. It was early in the season in the English Premier League. But in the cup things tend to take different turns, as we saw in the Chelsea-West Ham United encounter.
Arsenal also, cannot forget their 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Saints almost a year back at the St. Mary’s where the Gunners looked completely clueless in defence. However, time has changed as Ronald Koeman has left Southampton and the Saints have looked a shade of their own in this season. Claude Puel has big shoes to fill in and this League Cup tie could just be the stage to prove his mettle.
Arsenal vs Southampton: Team News
Arsenal have been plagued with injury at this moment. They were already denied the services of Hector Bellerin and Per Mertesacker for a long time. To add to their woes Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy have joined their teammates on the list of injured players. Arsene Wenger will have to look for yet another substitute in the attacking line-up to fill in the void created by Giroud’s injury as Danny Welbeck has been out for long. Lucas Perez should be an option for the Arsenal, and they might just start with him up front. However, in this match, Arsene Wenger will look forward to testing the bench strength that Arsenal have in their bag.
For Southampton, there are injury concerns as well. Alex McCarthy and Dusan Tadic are expected to be left out due to injury while Matt Targett will have to sit out for a hamstring injury. However, good news for Southampton is that Steve Davis and Sofiane Boufal will be available for selection.
Arsenal (probable starting line-up): Martinez, Jenkinson, Gabriel, Holding, Gibbs, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas
Southampton (probable starting line-up): Forster, Soares, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Hojberg, Redmond, Sims, Austin
Arsenal vs Southampton: Match Predictions
Arsenal has been in good form of late having won 3-1 at home against Bournemouth and a 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League. But considering the fact that Arsenal will field a second-rung side the match could get nailbiting. And hence we predict a 2-1 win for the home team with the winner scored in the extra-time.
Arsenal vs Southampton: Match Details
Date: November 30, 2016
Time: 07:45 UK time; 01:15 AM IST (next day)
Venue: The Emirates, London, England
Arsenal vs Southampton: TV Guide and Online Streaming
TV Listings: The match will be telecasted on Ten 3 in India and on Bein Sports in the USA. There will be no live coverage of the match in the UK.
Online Streaming: The live streaming of the match Arsenal vs Southampton will be available various websites across the world.
Hope this match preview, TV guide and live streaming details besides the match prediction and team news of the Arsenal vs Southampton League Cup encounter helps you keeping track of all the proceedings. Keep a tap on this thread for all the latest updates on this match. Also, there is a Manchester United vs West Ham United match scheduled to take place in the League Cup.