Chelsea vs Southampton
English Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 2 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Ralph Hasenhuttl managed to shift Southampton’s fortunes around and they escaped the red zone after back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield Town.
The Saints however, failed to maintain the winning streak six days ago when they fell 1-2 at home to West Ham United.
Their well congested schedule is about to continue on Wednesday when the Saints travel to Chelsea just three days after facing reigning champions Manchester City at St. Mary’s.
Chelsea played hot and cold in recent weeks. They fell 0-1 to Leicester City ten days ago in the previous league match at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues did manage to rebound on Boxing Day when they dispatched Watford 1-2 away at Vicarage Road thanks to a brace from their star man Eden Hazard.
Chelsea vs Southampton: Head-to-head
Chelsea have a fabulous run of seven consecutive wins against the Saints.
The Blues bagged two or more goals in six of these victories.
Southampton failed to find the back of the net in any of last three clashes against Chelsea.
Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata were on the scoresheet in Chelsea’s demolishing 0-3 victory at St. Mary’s back in October.
Teams played each other in the FA Cup semi-final last year when the Blues claimed a 2-0 victory.
Chelsea vs Southampton: Prediction
Chelsea are miles away from the title contest, but they are in the driving seat when it comes to the battle for the top-four finish after Arsenal’s recent slip-ups. Maurizio Sarri’s troops generally played well at Stamford Bridge this season. They have a fine record of six wins, three draws and one defeat in ten home matches in Premier League.
The Saints allowed as many as 21 goals in 10 league outings on the road this term. It’s really hard to see any other scenario but a home win knowing Chelsea won seven, drew one and lost one of last nine fixtures at Stamford Bridge across competitions.
Chelsea vs Southampton: Bet Tips
Chelsea -1.5 handicap @ 1.95 (19/20)
Chelsea to keep a clean sheet @ 1.90 (9/10).