Chelsea vs Southampton: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
We may be in the mid-season of the Premier League, but both Chelsea and Southampton have so much to play for in the second half of the season.
The race for the top four feels as competitive as it’s arguably ever been. Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester City are most likely pencilled in, leaving just one spot for Chelsea, Arsenal or a potentially revitalised Manchester United. The increased competition means even the slightest slip up is incredibly detrimental.
Chelsea’s opponents on Saturday are quickly becoming the case study for sacking your manager midseason and taking a gamble. Former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has revitalised St Mary’s with his proactive management and energetic style of play and has led them out of the relegation zone with two wins in three games.
The hiring of Maurizio Sarri indicated that Chelsea would be an offensive juggernaut and blow everyone away offensively. However, with 37 games in 19 games it hasn’t quite worked out. They may find some form against Southampton’s fourth worst defence in the league in this match though.
Ultimately, Chelsea’s quality and home advantage should be enough to see them through this one, though it may not be easy – 2-0 to the home side.
- Under 2.5 goals
There’s been under 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea’s last four Premier League home games whilst Ralph Hasenhüttl will surely want to keep the game tight at Stamford Bridge. Under 2.5 goals is a safe and straight forward bet from UK betting sites.
- Southampton to be leading after 30 minutes
More of a long shot bet but still worth considering. Hasenhüttl has brought his counter-pressing style to Saints and it’s clearly having a great effect with two wins in three games. They’re straight out of the blocks from the first whistle and then grabbing a goal and leading inside half an hour is great value at those odds.
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Head To Head
For two English sides with a rich history, it’s no surprise that these two have met often on the football pitch. Since the 1966-67 season, there’s been 73 meetings between the two.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Chelsea have most often come out the victors with 36 wins, whilst there’s been 18 draws and Southampton have won on 19 occasions.
Saints’ last win against Chelsea came in October 2015 where they won 3-1 thanks to goals from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle.
- Only Manchester City (10.8) average more dribbles per game than Chelsea with 9.9.
- Southampton have the second worst rate in the Premier League for catching their opponents offside (1.7)
- Chelsea’s Eden Hazard averages the most key passes per game with 2.8, with teammate Willian just behind him on 2.6.
- Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard averages 7.1 clearances per game, the fifth most in the league.