Goals To Be Hard To Come By At St Mary's Again As Southampton Take On Chelsea

Southampton and Chelsea will meet twice in the space of eight days as they clash in next Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium but the immediate focus is on Saturday lunchtime's televised Premier League clash...

  • Since returning to the Premier League, Southampton have won just two of their 12 meetings with Chelsea in all competitions - Drawn Three, Lost Seven
  • Chelsea have won their last four clashes with Southampton
  • Mark Hughes has lost both of his matches as manager of Southampton

Saturday 14th April - 12.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Southampton v Chelsea    
Tips Under 2.5 goals    Best Bet @ 4 / 5  

Priorities

This league meeting is huge for Southampton as they start the day in 18th place, three points from safety, and their results at St Mary's this season certainly don't inspire confidence as their home record is the 19th-best in the league thanks to a return of 16 points from 16 games.

In fact, the Saints haven't won a home league match since 26th November and they make little appeal at 10/3 in the match betting this weekend (Paddy Power), even against a woefully out-of-form Chelsea side.

Antonio Conte's Chelsea have won just two of their past eight league outings (drawn one, lost five) and have seen their hopes of a top-four finish recede dramatically, with the Blues currently ten points behind Tottenham.

Chelsea are 4/5 favourites for the win but they are tough to back, particularly at odds-on, and we prefer to look at other markets...
Match Odds:

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5/6 10/11 5/6 5/6 17/20 17/20 20/23
13/5 13/5 5/2 5/2 11/4 27/10 27/10
7/2 7/2 10/3 17/5 7/2 15/4 18/5

*Odds correct as of 13th Apr, 13:34. Odds are subject to change.


Lack Of Goals

The Blues are unbeaten in four Southampton v Chelsea fixtures at St Mary's and this next meeting has the potential to be a tight, nervy affair as goals have been at a premium for Southampton of late.

Six of their last eight home league matches have involved two goals or less and under 2.5 goals looks like a good bet at 4/5 (Betfred).

If anyone is going to get on the scoresheet then Eden Hazard might be worth a look to score first (9/2 with Boylesports) as he has provided four goals and two assists from his ten league appearances against Southampton.

Posted: Thursday, 12th April 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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