Arsenal – Southampton – On Wednesday night to play the remaining two quarter-final match of the English League Cup, which will otherwise force weigh Premiership so that in the first of them meet London’s Arsenal, who are currently in the championship ranks fourth in the standings and 10-placed Southampton , who also has 11 points less on the account. There still should be added that their primary tour in September this year completed home win “gunner” of 2: 1, while prior to that Southampton had a little more success and has enrolled two consecutive home victory and a draw at the Emirates. Start: 30.11.2016. – 19:45 CET
No, but we have that their clash this season showed that the “gunners” finally found the right recipe for a nasty “saints” and therefore the domestic camp and now firmly believe that at its Emirates can come to victory and going to the finals League Cup. All the more so because of coach Arsene Wenger after three related draws, in the championship against Tottenham at home and Manchester United away and in the Champions League in the domestic tour with PSG last weekend finally came up to one of triumph, and to Slavisa in round 13 Premiership at home with 3: 1 against Bournemouth.
In this way, the “gunners” and remained three points behind leaders Chelsea, while earlier in the Champions League and won passage to the next round, and this is probably the second place in the group. Otherwise, Arsenal in the previous two rounds of League Cup routinely came to win over second division side Nottingham Forrest and reading, but now they definitely expected much more difficult task against the “saints”. However, Wenger has already announced that in this meeting to rest most of the players who competed last weekend in the championship, while due to injury already sidelined defenders Bellerin, Debuchy and Mertesacker, midfielder Cazorla and Giroud attackers, Welbeck and Akpom
Probable lineups Arsenal: Ospina – Jenkinson, Paulista, Holding, Gibbs – Coquelin, Ramsey – Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Iwobi – Perez
Just like their next opponents, and footballers Southampton last weekend came to three very valuable points in the Premier League, and after at home with 1: 0 win over Everton, which otherwise from the bench by former coach “saints” Koeman. In fact, so they finally broke up an uncomfortable primary series of two draws and two defeats, which were in fact taken in the lower part of the table, but with these three points are again the past few team and are currently right in the middle of the table, on 10 . place.
Otherwise, the “saints” last week defeated and the Europa League on away game against Sparta Prague and will therefore in the last round at home in a direct clash with Israeli Hapoel Beer Sheva look for at least one point with which to secure passage to the knockout stage. As for their previous appearances in the League Cup, there are at home they defeated Premiership Crystal Palace and Sunderland, but now they still follows the biggest challenge against the favored Arsenal. All the more so because coach Puel with injuries and still can not count on goalkeeper McCarthy, defenders Gardosa and TARGETTI, midfielders Pied and Davis and the attackers Tadic and Boufalo.
Probable lineups Southampton: Forster – Soares, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand – Hojbjerg, Romeu, Clasie – Redmond, Austin, Rodriguez