On Friday night, the Premier League’s top and bottom teams square off as Arsenal hosts Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.
After two straight 2-2 draws with Liverpool and West Ham, the Gunners blew 2-0 leads in their next two games, giving them a four-point advantage over Manchester City.
Arsenal vs Southampton
With Manchester City having played one fewer game than Arsenal, their lead at the top has shrunk to four points. Gunners’ supporters are beginning to worry about the worst, especially with a trip to the Etihad Stadium coming up.
However, Arsenal still has control over their destiny, and this matchup with Southampton appears to be the simplest remaining matchup for them. The Saints have only earned two points in their last six league games after being destroyed 4-1 at home by City a few weeks ago.
Because of this, Ruben Selles’ men are now four points away from safety, and if they want to mount a successful escape, time is running out.
All hope is not lost, though it is difficult to envisage them avoiding defeat at the Emirates if Arsenal returns to their best. They still have games left against fellow struggling teams Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest.
There is no space for any more mistakes when Arteta’s team takes on Southampton, the bottom team in the division, as Arsenal’s lead at the top of the table is down to 4 points after drawing their last two league games and Man City has a game in hand on the Londoners. Arsenal has defeated the Saints in three of their last six league encounters, most recently winning 3-0 in the capital. While Southampton has lost four of their past six games and failed to score in four of those games, the Gunners have won three of their last five league games.
With 14 Premier League goals this season, Gabriel Martinelli leads all scorers for the Gunners, and we’re expecting the Brazilian forward to score against Southampton on Friday. The 21-year-old has scored six goals in his last ten appearances for Arsenal across all competitions, and he faces a Southampton defense that has failed to record a single shutout in any of their previous five league games.
Tip: Arsenal to Win-to-Nil / Martinelli to score
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Angers vs PSG
PSG hopes to maintain the momentum and win this game to get closer to the Ligue title. PSG is coming off a tremendous victory against Lens in round 31. Angers has 14 points from three victories, five draws, and 23 losses, placing them 20th in the standings. They have a 10% average and a 13% home victory average.
As league leaders, PSG is likely to be the favorite to win both this game and the league championship in the upcoming games. With 23 victories, three ties, and five defeats, the Parisians have accrued 72 points.
With two straight wins, PSG once again has an eight-point advantage at the top of the French league. The title is closer than ever with only seven rounds of matches before the end of the season. It is hard for PSG players to find the right motivation at this moment because they lost in the Champions League which was their main objective this season, but taking another title is something that needs to happen, so the momentum will remain positive.
The worst team in Ligue 1 is Angers, who also have the second-worst defense. Naturally, PSG is everything that their upcoming rival is not, therefore for this Angers vs. PSG prediction, we are leaning toward a high-scoring contest.
This season, Angers had ten games with over 3.5 goals, however, they only had one of those in their last ten games, a 5-0 away loss to Montpellier. From their previous five games, PSG only had one with more than three goals scored, which was the game against Lens last weekend they won 3-1.
From the last five matches they played against each other, Angers managed to score only one goal. That is far from the unexpected, and with PSG trying hard to make sure their defense is solid for the remaining part of the season, they will do their diligent work and make sure the team keeps a clean sheet. When we check these teams’ last five league matches, Angers had two games with both teams scoring at least a goal while PSG had the same number.
Tip: BTTS (NO) / Total Over 3.5 goals
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- Angersvs PSG Bet9ja, Paripesa, 1xBet
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Over 2.5 goals
- Volendam vs Cambuur
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