Kick-off: 1400, 06/10/2019
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Chelsea appear to have overcome some early jitters under Frank Lampard and will head to Southampton in fine spirits following three straight wins.
The Saints seem to struggle from an inferiority complex when hosting the Blues, who have prevailed at St Mary’s Stadium for the past four Premier League campaigns.
We’re happy to take 87/100 for another away win in this fixture for our first Southampton vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton looked to be going in the right direction when returning from the international break with a 1-0 win at Sheffield United, which made it seven points in three games.
However, they were then beaten 3-1 at this venue by Bournemouth, before going down 2-1 at Tottenham to a Spurs side reduced to 10 men for an hour.
Saints had a strong spell of pressure after the break in London, where Hugo Lloris made amends for an earlier blunder with good saves from James Ward-Prowse and Maya Yoshida, but they did not do enough to deserve a point.
“We cannot be happy because the chance to take something here will not be that big again,” said Ralph Hasenhuttl. “The momentum was on our side.
“To be that clinical, this is a step of development we have to take. We are not a side that is cool enough to finish such a game and this is something we have to work on.”
Southampton battled hard to draw with Manchester United here at the end of August but invariably have their limitations exposed by the big six clubs.
Looking at the Southampton vs Chelsea odds, we like 7/2 for the Blues to oblige 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 from the multiple correct score market.
Last Southampton line-up: Gunn, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Ings.
Southampton will once again be without full-back Cedric Soares due to a calf problem and winger Moussa Djenepo (hip) is still unavailable.
Forward Che Adams could return to the squad after being dropped, while back-up goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is available again following a calf problem.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Lampard’s decision to put faith in some of Chelsea’s young starlets is showing clear signs of paying off after Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League win at Lille.
Tammy Abraham and Willian were on target, as the Blues followed up a 7-1 EFL Cup rout of Grimsby and a 2-0 Premier League defeat of Brighton with a vital victory in France.
Abraham found the net on his 22nd birthday to reach eight goals in 10 appearances, with six of those strikes coming on the road.
Lampard said: “Tammy’s performance was more of the same of what we have been seeing.
“He’s hungry for goals, he’s physical, he gives everything for the team, he has quality with the ball at his feet.
“It’s his first Champions League goal and we’ll see many more, I hope, and many more performances like tonight.”
Abraham also bagged a brace in Chelsea’s 3-2 away success at Norwich and hit a hat-trick when they won 5-2 at Wolves, so he certainly doesn’t suffer from travel sickness.
Let’s finish off our Southampton vs Chelsea betting tips by taking 7/2 for him to break the deadlock at St Mary’s Stadium.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Alonso, Zouma, James, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Abraham, Willian.
Chelsea will check on the fitness of N’Golo Kante, who returned to the first XI at Lille on Wednesday after an ankle injury but may not be fit enough to start back-to-back games.
The Blues remain without Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles), Emerson Palmieri (thigh), Antonio Rudiger (groin) and Marco Van Ginkel (ACL).
Tottenham 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON – Danny Ings
Lille 1-2 CHELSEA – Tammy Abraham, Willian
Head-to-head: Chelsea 0-0 Southampton, Southampton 0-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Southampton, Southampton 2-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
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