Chelsea vs Southampton – Prediction, Odds and Betting Tips
Five points ahead of Arsenal in the fight for the last Champions League spot, Chelsea will be looking to at least keep this distance when the Blues welcome Southampton on Wednesday. Last season, Chelsea won both meetings, 1-0, at home, and 3-2, on the road. Plus an additional victory in the FA Cup semifinals, 2-0. On St Mary, the Blues added another win, 3-0, leading to seven straight wins for Chelsea against Southampton.
Chelsea: Current Team Form, Estimated Line-up, and Predictions
We all loved how Chelsea began the season with Sarri on the bench, but the Blues have suffered a heavy transformation lately – Chelsea continues to have results, yet the game plan is way different. Chelsea holds the ball, but often in a non-threatening way. No wonder the Blues have the worst attack from the top 6 teams.
On the weekend, Chelsea played at Crystal Palace and the visitors needed Kante to score to grab all three points. The Frenchmen got his third goal of the season in the 51st minute. Chelsea had 66% possession and just four shots on target, but there was also a positive thing in Chelsea’s style – Palace ended the game with no shot on target.
Pedro and Hodson-Odoi continue to be absent due to some muscular issues, while Giroud suffered an ankle injury against Crystal Palace and should be replaced by Morata for the upcoming match. And speaking about Hodson-Odoi, the teenager is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, preparing to continue his future in the Bundesliga, at Bayern Munchen, if the German club will eventually pay the price Chelsea is asking.
At home, Chelsea has one defeat in 10 Premier League encounters this campaign, 0-1 against Leicester.
- Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga
- Backfield: Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta
- Midfield: N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic
- Forwards: Willian, Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard
Southampton: Current Team Form, Estimated Line-up, and Predictions
The Saints had an impossible mission on the weekend, to stop Manchester City. Even with Southampton playing at home, it was too much of a stretch to think the Citizens could record their fourth negative result in the last five Premier League games.
David Silva opened the score for the visitors after just ten minutes, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg brought the equalizer in the 37th minute. There were three additional minutes for the first half and Manchester City managed to score twice in this interval. First, James Ward-Prowse scored in his own net, with Aguero’s goal to follow at the last play of the first half. The last 45 minutes were nothing special, with City having the ball 80% of the time and with Hojbjerg conceding a red card in the 85th minute after a criminal challenge at Fernandinho.
This defeat means is one step closer to the relegation spots, having 15 points, with only the aggregate separating the Saints from Burnley.
Bertrand is still absent, but Cedric could return to the squad to face Chelsea.
- Goalkeeper: McCarthy
- Backfield: Yann Valery, Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek, Matt Targett
- Midfield: Mohamed Elyounoussi, Oriol Romeu, Mario Lemina, Stuart Armstrong
- Forwards: Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings
Chuck No Risk Predicton: Chelsea vs. Southampton
The game takes place on Stamford Bridge, London, Wednesday, kick-off at 19:45. Chelsea – Southampton counts for game week 21 of the Premier League.
If your choice is to bet at Bethard, you benefit from 27/100 odds for a home win, while a Southampton victory comes at 21/2 odds. A draw receives 49/10 odds.
Even when Chelsea is winning, there’s not much of a show on the pitch. Sarri’s men rarely play for the fans and their objective is the win, even if it comes with 1-0. And that leads to our first two predictions. First, we have Chelsea to win, 27/100 odds, followed by under 3,5 goals, ⅗ odds. Southampton’s defense isn’t reliable, but the visitors should have a much easier job in stopping Morata than they did with Aguero. Our final pick is over 4 bookings in the game, 23/20 odds. We saw how aggressive Southampton can be and with most of the action probably happening in the midfield area, there’s no reason not to go with this option.
To sum things up, we have three predictions for the Chelsea – Southampton encounter – Chelsea to win, under 3,5 goals, and over 4 bookings.