Southampton have collected a mere six points from a possible 27 against the sides currently sat above them in the Premier League, but they can add to that record against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Their hosts are 31/50 favourites to prevail, with the Saints 5/1 for outsiders for three points and the draw a 29/10 shot.
However, it’s the last wager of the match betting trio that makes most appeal, along with the 27/20 about the visitors on the double-chance market.
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Read on for a quintet of persuaders in favour of just such a wager.
The Blues played 120 minutes of football against one of Europe’s best teams less than five full days ago
By contrast Southampton will arrive in west London rejuvenated after a 12-day break (which included a ski trip to Switzerland) since their last fixture.
Such a rest is sure to have been manna from heaven for overworked Graziano Pelle in particular. It would be little surprise to see him sharper than in recent games against a physically and emotionally beleaguered Blues outfit.
Southampton have the Premier League’s best away defence – by a margin of five concessions!
Ronald Koeman’s side have shipped just ten road goals all term, keeping clean sheets and conceding more than once on a solitary occasion in 13 away days.
Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa have scored or assisted three goals between them since the 5-0 win in Swansea in January
Breaking down the Saints’ miserly travelling defence will be all the tougher for the fact that Chelsea’s most reliable sources of assists and finishes are on a cold streak.
The Saints have avoided defeat in 75% of the matches the returning Toby Alderweireld has started this season
Atletico Madrid loanee Alderweireld has enhanced his reputation no end on his south coast sojourn and may make his return from injury at Stamford Bridge to further bolster an already stingy rearguard.
Nemanja Matic has missed all or part of two of Chelsea’s last three matches with ankle problems
There has to be a suspicion that Jose Mourinho’s midfield enforcer may be entering his first moderate phase since returning to the club, with suspensions and fitness niggles eroding his consistency.