Back Arsenal to see off Southampton this Wednesday in the EFL Cup.

Arsenal will this week welcome the visit of Southampton in the EFL Cup, and it’s the home side who are tipped to win.

A win for the hosts is 5/6 with bet365, while an away victory for Southampton is 7/2. A draw between the two teams is 29/10.

Arsenal enter the fray this week looking to bag a second win on the bounce in terms of both time and the EFL Cup, with Arsene Wenger’s sweeping aside Bournemouth 3-1 last weekend in the Premier League and Reading 2-0 in the last round of the Cup. Both games leave the London club looking good ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Southampton, and their overall chances of winning this season’s EFL Cup. One man key to those chances is Alexis Sanchez. The Chilian scored twice against Bournemouth last weekend and is the 20/21 favourite to score again this week with bet365. Elsewhere, Olivier Giroud is also 20/21 to score and Theo Walcott is 8/5 to bag his second goal in as many games.

Southampton were also victorious last weekend, with the South Coast club beating Everton 1-0 in the Premier League. That success brought an end to a three-game winless streak for the club and leaves them desperate to push on and win once again this week in what is arguably their biggest fixture of the season so far. Win, and they go to within a game of winning a Cup competition for the first time in 40 years. Set to lead the line this week for the hosts is Charlie Austin; the Englishman goes looking for a seventh goal of the season at 7/4, while fellow striker Shane Long is 9/4 to score with bet365.

Tip

Back Arsenal to bag a comfortable win. A win by two goals for the Gunners is 4/1 with bet365.

A safer bet lies with Sanchez to score first at 7/2.