A match that has huge significance at both ends of the Premier League table takes place at St Mary’s on Saturday, with Southampton hoping to ease their relegation fears with a victory over Champions League-chasing Chelsea.
With the Saints just four points above the drop zone and the Blues five ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, there is still work to be done if both sides are to reach their end-of-season goals.
This is the third meeting between the sides this year: the first, an FA Cup tie at St Mary’s, ended 5-1 to Chelsea, but the league match at Stamford Bridge just ten days later proved to be Nigel Adkins’ last in charge, despite his Southampton side coming from two goals down to grab a 2-2 draw.
So what will happen in this vital game? Chelsea are 11/10 favourites, with the draw at 23/10 and Southampton a 12/5 chance – but before you bet, take a look at these alternative stats you might not have seen.
2: Chelsea have averaged exactly two goals per game in the Premier League this season. The Blues are 23/10 to score twice at St Mary’s.
3: The number of goals Frank Lampard needs to break the all-time Chelsea goalscoring record, currently held by Bobby Tambling. The England midfielder is 2/1 to score at anytime.
6: In six of Southampton’s seven league wins this season, they have been leading after 45 minutes. The Southampton half-time/full-time double result is 19/4.
7: Southampton have hit three or more goals in seven of their 15 home league games this season. bwin go 23/4 that the Saints fire three or more past Chelsea.
21: There have been 21 goals in the last five meetings between Southampton and Chelsea. You can get 33/20 on over 3.5 goals on Saturday.