After ending a run of six winless fixtures over the Xmas period by beating Everton 3-0 and ending Neil Warnock’s short second Crystal Palace reign, Southampton rate a cracking double-chance price at evens to become only the fifth club to take Premier League points off Chelsea this season.
Ronald Koeman’s side’s 3-1 win at Selhurst Park saw them bounce back into the Champions League places, with some thanks given to West Ham’s 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho’s Blues may have toppled the east London top-four wannabes, but they struggled on the road against second and third-placed Manchester City and Manchester United earlier in the campaign, coming away from both visits to the north west with 1-1 draws.
That correct score is available at an indicatively low price of 11/2 on the south coast, yet still rates a fine bet considering four of Chelsea’s seven all-competition non-wins this term have resulted in the lowest possible score draw.
Intriguingly, six of the seven matches Jose Mourinho’s men have failed to win so far this season have been on the road, with a sole loss coming in the north east away to Newcastle.
That stat allied with the fact that Southampton have won six of their last eight at home, only going down at St Mary’s narrowly to City and United since Koeman took charge during the summer, strongly suggests the sensible play on the south coast is backing the leaders of England to fail.
As for goalscorers, Saints striker Graziano Pelle snapped a six-game club-and-country barren run with a couple in December so far, but only two of the Italy international’s 11 efforts since arriving on British shores have opened the scoring in their respective matches.
Sadio Mane, who broke the deadlock last time out at Palace, has as many first goals and is almost twice the price of Pelle to start proceedings against Chelsea, at 11/1 to his teammate’s 6/1.
The in-form Senegalese therefore gets the nod.