Kick-off: 1945, 02/01/2019
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
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What Trueform says for Chelsea vs Southampton
Chelsea have won their last seven encounters with Southampton and it is hard to see that trend changing in Wednesday’s Premier League clash.
However, Saints are using more up-tempo tactics under Ralph Hasenhuttl and could be a value bet to at least get on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge.
Punters can get 17/10 for the Blues to win and both teams to score and that gets the nod as our opening Chelsea vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea responded well to a surprise loss to Leicester in their last home game, prevailing 2-1 at Watford and 1-0 at Crystal Palace.
Maurizio Sarri is looking good for a top-four finish in his first season and Brazil international Willian wants a return to Champions League football next term.
He said: “We have to get points. We want to stay there at the top. We have to win games.”
Olivier Giroud is expected to miss out due to an ankle injury, so Alvaro Morata could start as the focal point of Chelsea’s attack.
Injuries elsewhere mean Eden Hazard is likely to be asked to play in his preferred wide left role.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Southampton odds, Morata netted in October’s 3-0 win at St Mary’s and is 7/2 to break the deadlock here.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Giroud, Willian.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Hasenhuttl has brought renewed energy to Southampton, prompting wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield last month, but home losses to West Ham and Manchester City were a reality check.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg showed great spirit to cancel out David Silva’s early opener against the champions, but City were soon in control again and went on to prevail 3-1.
That match was marred by the late dismissal of Hojbjerg for a two-footed tackle on Fernandinho and he will be sorely missed now suspended.
“The red card was the worst moment of the evening; it hurts us a lot, it’s a silly tackle when the game is gone,” moaned Hasenhuttl. “We will miss him, he’s our best midfielder at the club.”
A repeat of that last scoreline could be on the cards at Stamford Bridge, so let’s add 19/2 for a 3-1 home win to our Chelsea vs Southampton betting tips.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Stephens, Targett, Bednarek, Ramsay, Elyounoussi, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Austin.
Crystal Palace 0-1 CHELSEA – N’Golo Kante
SOUTHAMPTON 1-3 Man City – Pierre Hojbjerg
Head-to-head: Southampton 0-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Southampton, Southampton 2-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Southampton, Chelsea 4-2 Southampton, Southampton 0-2 Chelsea
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