Southampton sucked further into trouble

There are plaudits but no points for battling defeats and Southampton's unfortunate 3-2 loss at Arsenal has seen them go odds-on with some bookmakers to be relegated from the Premier League.

Substitute Charlie Austin looked to have earned a point for much-improved Saints at the Emirates only for Danny Welbeck to notch an impressive winner for Arsenal in a result that sees Southampton stuck down in 18th spot.

Southampton, a best-priced evens  to go down, are three points behind Crystal Palace with a game in hand but are more likely to chase down Huddersfield and Swansea who are currently two points ahead of struggling Saints.

Mark Hughes will hope his team can build on a positive performance in the remaining clashes against Chelsea, Leicester, Bournemouth, Everton, Swansea and Manchester City, although their task was made even more difficult by West Ham's surprise point in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Shane Long put Southampton in front only for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to equalise and the Gunners led going into the break thanks to Welbeck's first. The England international then had the final say after Austin levelled matters in the 73rd minute.

West Ham are six points clear of trouble following their battling point at Chelsea. Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart's produced a man-of-the-match performance, while an equaliser from substitute Javier Hernandez cancelled out Cesar Azpilicueta's opener.

West Ham are 25-1 to be relegated and Sky Bet kept Hart at 8-1 to start England's opening World Cup clash against Tunisia despite his heroics. The north African outfit were dealt a blow over the weekend with the news star man Youssef Msakni was ruled out of the tournament due to a knee injury.

It was always going to be tough for Chelsea to qualify for the Champions League even before the disappointing draw, but they are now lagging ten points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with just six matches remaining.

Their goal difference is also 14 inferior and Hills rate Chelsea 33-1 to finish in the top four.

Lincoln defied their Sky Bet League Two status to beat third-tier Shrewsbury 1-0 in the Football League Trophy final. Elliott Whitehouse was their Wembley hero.

Match in Focus

17:55 Th 20Sep BT2

PAOK Salonika v Chelsea

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  • PAOK have won two of their last six Europa League ties
Expert verdict
Chelsea begin their Europa League journey at PAOK and their trip to Greece should prove worthwhile. The Blues have made a promising start under the attack-minded Maurizio Sarri and can outclass their Greek hosts, who were thumped 4-1 at home to Benfica in a Champions League qualifier this term.



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