Predicted Southampton and Arsenal line-ups: Big match for both sides

Southampton Football Club

Here is how we predict Southampton and Arsenal will line up this weekend:

To be played on Saturday 26th December 2015 at 19:45. Venue: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton

Odds: Southampton 12/5, Draw 5/2, Arsenal 11/10

Southampton welcome Arsenal to St Mary’s on Boxing Day in what is a big match for both sides.

Ronald Koeman’s Saints are currently 12th in the Premier League with 21 points from their first 17 matches, and with just one point collected from their last five games Southampton cannot afford to keep slipping down the table with many of the sides below them looking resurgent.

Southampton have more than enough talent to get one over Arsenal this weekend, but Arsene Wenger’s men will have aspirations of topping the league in early 2016 and with just two points separating them and current leaders Leicester City every match is vital.

In early team news, Southampton are without Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez but they have an otherwise clean bill of health.

As for Arsenal, they must do without Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck.

Southampton predicted lineup

  • Paulo Gazzaniga
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Cédric Soares
  • Jose Fonte
  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Jordy Clasie
  • Steven Davis
  • Sadio Mané
  • Dusan Tadic
  • Victor Wanyama
  • Graziano Pellè

Arsenal predicted lineup

  • Petr Cech
  • Héctor Bellerín
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Mesut Özil
  • Joel Campbell
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Theo Walcott

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