Kick Off: 1500, 22/04/2018
TV: BT Sport
Chelsea had to produce a stunning late comeback to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League last weekend but are fancied to be more clinical in their FA Cup semi-final clash.
The Blues have established an excellent record in this competition over the past decade or so and can enjoy another Wembley win on Sunday.
They lifted this trophy in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 and reached last year’s decider by seeing off Tottenham at this stage.
Antonio Conte will be keen to salvage something from a disappointing campaign with another final appearance and the Londoners can see off Saints.
We fancy the favourites at 13/10 to win to nil in 90 minutes in our Chelsea vs Southampton betting predictions
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea had to survive a scare in their third-round clash with Norwich, drawing 0-0 at Carrow Road and 1-1 at Stamford Bridge before eventually prevailing on penalties.
The Blues even had Pedro and Alvaro Morata sent off in extra-time prior to obliging 5-3 on spot-kicks.
However, they were then clinically efficient in beating Newcastle 3-0 and Hull 4-0 on home turf, with Conte naming a strong side on both occasions.
Extra-time was needed to get past Leicester at King Power Stadium in the quarter-finals, with a rare Pedro header proving crucial in the 2-1 triumph.
Conte hailed the character shown by his players, though, with that game coming just four days after a tiring Champions League loss at Barcelona.
“Last season it was a pity to lose the final,” said the Italian. “This season our target is to try to reach the final again. We want to change the final result.”
Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso serves the second game of his three-match ban for violent conduct.
Danny Drinkwater remains a doubt for the tie at Wembley because of a groin problem. David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu are sidelined due to respective knee and ankle injuries.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Mark Hughes enjoyed a successful start to his reign as Southampton boss when they secured a 2-0 win at Wigan in the quarter-finals.
However, it did take a while to wear down the League One club after the Latics dominated the first half but paid for not taking their chances.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg eventually hooked in a 62nd-minute corner and Manolo Gabbiadini then had a penalty saved before Cedric Soares added a second in stoppage time.
The Saints had previously knocked out Fulham, Watford and West Brom under Mauricio Pellegrino, scraping through by a one-goal margin each time.
That overall form is not good enough to get past Chelsea, though, and avoiding relegation remains the number one challenge for Hughes.
We’re on the Blues at 25/4 to win 2-0 to complete our Chelsea vs Southampton betting tips.
Southampton will monitor Mario Lemina and Sofiane Boufal. Midfielder Lemina has been suffering with back and hamstring problems, while winger Boufal is ill. Saints centre-back Jack Stephens completes his three-match ban.
Last FA Cup result:
Leicester 1-2 CHELSEA (AET) – Alvaro Morata, Pedro
Wigan 0-2 SOUTHAMPTON – Pierre Hojbjerg, Cedric Soares
Head-to-head: Southampton 2-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Southampton, Chelsea 4-2 Southampton, Southampton 0-2 Chelsea, Southampton 1-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-3 Southampton
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