Chelsea vs Southampton
England – Premier League
Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
After back-to-back losses, Chelsea made a good comeback with a win the last match-day, over tough customers Tottenham.
Frank Lampard will be adamant to keep this momentum going on, and extend their stay in the top-tier.
Southampton, who have not had a good overall season so far, should definitely be scared this Thursday.
Chelsea vs Southampton Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Blues are on an eight-game winning run.
- The last time these two met, Chelsea had recorded a 1-4 win on the road.
- 15 of the previous 17 wins went to Lampard’s men.
- In the last 17 years, only once have Chelsea lost at home.
Chelsea vs Southampton Prediction
Powered by two goals from Willian, Chelsea recorded a win on the road the last match-day, over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham. It was a must-win game for the Blues, considering the two-game losing streak in the PL they were on at that time.
In the meantime, Southampton used to full extent their match against a newly-promoted squad. Against Aston Villa, aided by a brace from Danny Ings, the team delivered a dominating 1-3 victory.
This match-day, the upper hand clearly goes to Chelsea. The reasons are manifold.
First one would obviously be the stature of the Blues in English and World Football. They are easily one of the best teams in the country, and are usual suspects every single season for the top-four spots.
On the other hand, Southampton on their best day, could be considered a mid-table team.
In addition, at the moment, Lampard’s men are placed fourth in the table, and hold a four-point lead over the next team in standings. On the contrary, take note that Southampton are hanging above the relegation line by a thread, and most importantly, have conceded the most number of goals in the whole competition.
Just some weeks prior, Southampton became part of an unwanted history, as they suffered the worst defeat for a home team in the PL, as Leicester put them to shame with a 0-9 scoreline. Understand that, this week, they do not even have the safety of the home advantage.
Furthermore, Southampton are winless in six of their last seven road trips, and have not kept a single clean sheet on the road since September.
Going on, Chelsea have been dominating this opponent for almost the whole of the last two decades in h2h clashes. In fact, the Blues have recorded the previous eight wins in a row, and registered 15 of the former 17 victories.
The Blues have also lost just once at home since 2002 in an h2h battle, and kept clean sheets in the previous three such encounters here.
Finally, understand that Lampard’s men have scored two or more goals against this rival in seven of their preceding nine meetings, while they themselves have conceded a total of one goal from the past four encounters.
Considering all these observations together, rightfully expect Chelsea to deliver a crushing win this Thursday. Remember that they are in fact eager to post such a win, as they are trying their best to be consistent in posting points on the board.
Chelsea vs Southampton Betting Tips
To Score in First Half: Chelsea @ 1.44 (4/9)
Half Time Result: Chelsea @ 1.80 (4/5).