Arsenal vs Southampton 09/23/2014 Free Carling Cup Soccer Pick and Preview
Southampton vs Arsenal
Tuesday 23rd September 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Arsenal 5/6 Draw 5/2 Southampton 7/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: bein sports; arsenal connect
Southampton were tipped for relegation at the start of the season decimated by other clubs in the transfer window it appeared that Southampton had no chance to survive. Not only have they managed a good start they have made a great start to the season Morgan Sneiderlein has been a huge part of everything good about the Saints and with summer recruit Pelle opening his account and looking dangerous Southampton have been very impressive. Even in their opening day defeat to Liverpool the Saints were still very much better than the other team.
Arsenal have had an up and down start to the season still unbeaten in the league but having drawn three games the Gunners look like a team capable of challenging for a title if they can get consistancy and they need more points against the top sides. I expect most of the first team players to get a rest here for Arsenal with the team fighting on two fronts in Europe and domestically.
For that reason I am more inclined to think that Southampton are the value bet. I will wait to see the line ups but given my thinking that Southampton will go with a stronger first eleven than Arsenal I am going to take the Saints on the handicap. The draw is probably the value bet. But at worst I think backing the Saints +1 leaves us with a push. Follow me on Twitter@antonpippo