Kick-off: 1230, 20/02/2021
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Form students won’t take long to make a selection when assessing Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off between Southampton and Chelsea.
Struggling Saints have lost six straight top-flight fixtures, whereas the rejuvenated Blues are chasing a fifth consecutive victory in this competition.
Those bare facts are hard to ignore and 3/4 for an away win is our first Southampton vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton have enjoyed FA Cup triumphs over Shrewsbury, Arsenal and Wolves in recent weeks, but their league position has plummeted.
Saints were ahead at half-time during a quick rematch with Wanderers at this venue, with Danny Ings on target for the eighth time this term.
However, the game turned when Nelson Semedo’s shot cannoned off Ryan Bertrand’s arm and referee Graham Scott had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Ruben Neves converted the hotly-contested penalty and a transformed Wolves went on to win 2-1 thanks to Pedro Neto’s smart finish.
Ralph Hasenhuttl hit out at VAR for “destroying the game” after the handball ruling was allowed to stand.
He moaned: “The games aren’t decided in the stadium any more, the games are decided at Stockley Park. This is not so good for the game, I don’t think.
“Everybody has seen it and there is only one opinion you can have about this situation.
“It is very hard to understand what has happened to us, it’s hard to take that we lost the match.”
Things are unlikely to get any easier for Saints here, with Chelsea having come out on top on each of their last five visits to St Mary’s.
Saints did grab consolation goals in three of those defeats, though, so 5/2 for an away win and both teams to score takes the eye from the Southampton vs Chelsea odds.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bertrand, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Armstrong, Ings, Minamino.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Thomas Tuchel has had an immediate impact on Chelsea since replacing Frank Lampard and Monday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle saw them climb back up into the top four.
Timo Werner set up Olivier Giroud and then scored himself to help give us three winning bets on that game, including a 5/1 correct score pay-out.
The Blues were languishing in ninth position on the back of just two league victories from eight games when Lampard was sacked on January 25, but things look much brighter now.
Tuchel has implemented a 3-4-2-1 formation to great effect and Werner ending a 14-game top-flight goal drought against the Magpies was the icing on the cake.
“For strikers, the last per cent of their confidence and of belief comes from goals and nothing else, but he worked really hard for that,” said Tuchel.
“He looked really decisive with assists and winning penalties in the last few games for us. And today he has an assist and a goal and this is super for him.
“I’m happy because he put in a lot of effort and hard work against the ball. Now it’s a big relief, but we saw it coming.”
An own goal from Antonio Rudiger against Sheffield United is the only blot on the copybook of Tuchel’s tightened defence, with five clean sheets kept in six league and cup games.
However, Saints did well up front against the Blues when drawing 3-3 at Stamford Bridge in October and have only failed to score in one of their last six home games.
With that in mind, we’re going with 15/2 for a 2-1 away win to finish off our Southampton vs Chelsea betting tips.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Werner.
SOUTHAMPTON 1-2 Wolves – Danny Ings
CHELSEA 2-0 Newcastle – Olivier Giroud, Timo Werner
Head-to-head: Chelsea 3-3 Southampton, Chelsea 0-2 Southampton, Southampton 1-4 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-0 Southampton, Southampton 0-3 Chelsea
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