30/1 Chelsea to beat Southampton
Chelsea vs Southampton betting preview
Chelsea have bagged 12 points in their last five Premier League outingsA 2-1 victory at Watford on Boxing Day and a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday have put Chelsea back on track for a top four finish at least. 11-points now separating them from Liverpool at the top of the table, but the Blues cut the gap between themselves and third-place Tottenham to two points.
Furthermore, a 5 point gap between them and 5th place Arsenal does give them a bit of breathing space. Maurizio Sarri's men have lost their last home game to Leicester (0-1) but they have kept five consecutive clean sheets in front of the home fans beforehand
Olivier Giroud is a major doubt while Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater had picked up injuries and will miss the game. Callum Hudson-Odoi (hamstring) could also return to contention, though Pedro (hamstring) remains out. Alvaro Morata has at least recovered from injury and should make his first start his first league game in nearly a month. Mateo Kovacic could displace Ross Barkley from central midfield, joining N'Golo Kantè and Jorginho in the middle of the park. No changes are expected in defense, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso as full back, Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz as centre backs.
Southampton are struggling on the road this term but they are improving under Ralph HasenhuttlSouthampton were well-beaten by Manchester City (1-3), making it back to back losses after a 1-2 defeat to West Ham (1-2). Prior to that the Saints recorded great wins over Arsenal (3-2) and Huddersfield (1-3) this month. They haven’t enjoyed much success on their travels this season, going W2-D1-L7 as their two victories came over Crystal Palace and Huddersfield. As a result, they sit just outside the relegation zone and a loss here could see them in the red zone. The Saints have lost each of their last seven games against Chelsea in all competitions, conceding two or more goals in six of those. Plus, they failed to find the back of the net in any of last three clashes against Chelsea.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg starts a four-match ban after picking up his second red card of the season. Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond, Stuart Armstrong, Yann Valery, Jannik Vestergaard and Maya Yoshida could potentially all return to the starting XI. Mario Lemina and Oriel Romeu will likely continue in the middle of the park while Redmon and Armstrong will support Danny Ings upfront. Jan Bednarek and Matt Targett are expected to retain their starting berth as central defender and left back respectively.
Chelsea vs Southampton Starting LineupsChelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, ALonso; Kantè, Kovacic, Jorginho; Willian, Morata, Hazard
Southampton (3-4-2-1): McCarthy; Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard; Valery, Targett, Lemina, Romeu; Redmond, Armstrong; Ings
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