Game Preview: Arsenal vs. Southampton - English Premier League - 23/11/2013

EPL Matchup - Arsenal (The Gunners) vs. Southampton (The Saints) - Team LogosFirst place Arsenal are hosts to third place Southampton in the twelfth round of the English Premier League on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Before the international break, Arsenal ended their nine match unbeaten run with a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford vs. Manchester United. Just a few days before that, they beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in an epic UEFA Champions League group match. Theo Walcott is set to return for the Gunners on Saturday after recovering from an abdominal injury. Arsenal have not lost to Southampton at home since 1987. Last season they beat them 6-1.

Southampton have only lost one match this season and have conceded only five goals in eleven games so far, less than any other club in the league. If they managed a win vs. Arsenal on Saturday, Southampton could climb to the very top of the tables. The Saints are unbeaten in the last eight matches and most recently they beat Hull City 4-1 at home.

The odds for the upcoming game at the Emirates are:

Arsenal: 8/13
Draw: 16/5
Southampton: 5/1

Arsenal are the the clear favourites to win, according to the odds. A 100 € bet on the Gunners could return 61 € in profit. The same bet on the Saints could return 500 € in profit.

The most likely score, according to the bookmakers, is a 1-0 win for the hosts, valued at 13/2.

Olivier Giroud is the favourite to score for Arsenal at 11/8, followed by Theo Walcott at 15/8 and Aaron Ramsey at 9/4. Rickie lambert is the favourite to score for Southampton at 13/5. Pablo Osvaldo is valued at 10/3.

Can Southampton continue their amazing run this season and beat the odds with a win in London? Will Arsenal represent and prove that they are a serious title contender?

It will be interesting to see how things play out.

The kick-off is at 15:00 local time.