Southampton vs Chelsea
English Premier League 2016/17
30th October 2016, 16:00 pm BST
St Mary’s, Southampton
Southampton Team News & Preview
Southampton host Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend.
The Saints are in very good form right now and will look to halt Antonio Conte‘s in-form Chelsea side. The home team are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games and have defended exceptionally well in their last few matches. Claude Puel‘s side are very well organised and will be hard to break down. They have done quite well at home, and are undefeated in their last nine games.
Southampton held on to secure a 1-1 draw in their last outing against Manchester City and will be happy with a similar result against the Blues this weekend. They are unbeaten in three of their last four meetings against the London giants and will fancy their chances here.
Shane Long sustained a thigh injury during the 1-0 defeat against Inter and is likely to miss out. Florin Gardos, Jeremy Pied and Cedric Soares are all ruled out for the home side. Youngster Sam McQueen could feature at left-back, with Matt Targett and Ryan Bertrand both struggling with fitness issues.
Predicted Southampton Starting Lineup (4-3-1-2): Forster; Martina, Fonte, Dijk, McQueen; Clasie, Romeu, Davis; Tadic; Redmond, Austin
Chelsea Team News & Preview
Chelsea crashed out of the EFL Cup with a 2-1 defeat against West Ham United last night.
The Blues decided to rotate heavily and paid the price for that. Conte‘s men will be desperate to bounce back from the disappointment with a big win in the Premier League.
However, Saints are no pushovers and are likely to give Chelsea a run for their money. Furthermore, Chelsea have not done too well against them in the recent past and will need to improve in order to secure the three points here.
Chelsea will be without the services of Kurt Zouma, Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic due to injuries.
Predicted Chelsea Starting Lineup (3-4-3): Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Terry; Azpilicueta, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Hazard, Costa, Willian
Southampton vs Chelsea Key Stats
Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches in the Premier League.
Southampton are undefeated in their last 9 home matches in the Premier League.
Chelsea have won their last 3 matches in the Premier League.
Southampton vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Southampton have an impressive home record and a recent head-to-head record against the Blues. Get Saints to win or draw at 4/7 with Ladbrokes.
Chelsea have won their last three Premier League games with a clean sheet. Get Chelsea to win to nil at 16/5.
Both teams are in good form, get the match to end in a draw at 12/5.
Southampton vs Chelsea Prediction
This should be a very close contest between two good footballing teams. Chelsea are the superior side on paper, but the Saints are in good form right now and are very well organised at the back.
The Blues have struggled to beat them in their last few matches and it should be a similar story here. It will be hard to separate the two sides. A draw is very much on the cards here.
Southampton 1-1 Chelsea