Chelsea Tipped To Beat Southampton Again As Teams Gear Up For FA Cup Semi Final

Chelsea v Southampton - Sunday 22nd April, 15:00 (Wembley Stadium)

The second of this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final fixtures sees the second meeting between Chelsea and Southampton in the space of a week. In the Premier League last Saturday, Southampton put two past Antonio Conte’s side at St. Mary’s before an excellent second half performance from the Blues saw them ride out 3-2 winners. Saints’ manager Mark Hughes looked exasperated on the touch-line as his side threw away their lead to marauding Chelsea, which include a brace from Oliver Giroud.

Sunday 22nd April - 3.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Chelsea v Southampton    
Tips Chelsea win and over 2.5 goals    Best Bet @ 5 / 4  

Chelsea have made hard work of their FA Cup challenge this year, requiring a replay against Norwich at the beginning of their tournament, and needing to go into extra time against Leicester. In their other two games, however, they’ve achieved comprehensive victories against Newcastle United and Hull City, scoring seven goals in those two fixtures without return. A Half-Time/ Full-Time result to Chelsea is 5/4 with Ladbrokes and a sensible bet, being the pattern in those aforementioned FA Cup wins.
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Whilst Giroud performed excellently against Southampton last week, it is fairly up-in-the-air whether the Frenchman will be preferred to Alvaro Morata to lead the line for Chelsea. On Thursday night against Burnley, the two started up front together in a 4-4-2, although it is debatable that this approach will be used so immediately again.Last weekend on the south coast, Eden Hazard managed his first goal in 10 games and for him to score with a Chelsea win, he is 6/4 with BoyleSports. The Belgian, along with Willian and Cesc Fabregas, was rested for the midweek fixture, with only Hazard coming on for the final twenty minutes in place of Morata. Willian is probably the big game player to keep an eye on; in the past two months, he has scored against Manchester United, capped an excellent performance against Barcelona with a stunning goal, and bagged a brace against in the last 16 of the FA Cup. He is 9/4 to score with a Chelsea win.

Despite Southampton’s league woes, which currently sees them wallowing in the middle of the relegation zone, the South Coast Club have performed solidly during this cup run, keeping three clean sheets in the four rounds of the competition. Five years ago, Wigan Athletic memorably shocked Manchester City to win the world’s oldest football tournament, and simultaneously went down to the Championship. Whilst Southampton own league form is making the Saints fans more resigned to life out of the Premiership, it wouldn’t be beyond the realms of plausibility to expect them to prioritise getting to their first FA Cup final in 15 years, and only their fourth overall. Any of the teams that Southampton could have drawn against for this semi-final tie- Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur being the other options- would have also seen them labelled as underdogs, so Saints should be able to play without considerable pressure that is generally imposed on them week-in/week-out in the Premier League.

Chelsea v Southampton - Head-To-Head Record + Odds.

Southampton were at Wembley last year, when they lost the final of the League Cup to Manchester United, 3-2. Two goals down, they mounted an admirable comeback under Claude Puel’s management and two goals from Manolo Gabbiadini,, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed the deal for the Reds. For them to qualify for this year’s FA Cup Final and make yet another trip to Wembley, they are best at 7/2 with BoyleSports, betfair, and PaddyPower.

Charlie Austin is the Southampton player with the shortest odds to bag a goal within the game. Austin, still top scorer despite prolonged injury during the course of this season, is at 19/10 with Ladbrokes, although Shane Long has been Mark Hughes’ preferred striker of choice. Long has started the last three matches and is 12/1 (bet365) to be first goalscorer.

However, over their past four games, in all competitions, the Saints have had three debutants get on the score-sheet: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Cedric Soares, and Jan Bednarek. Picking an outsider to open the scoring for Saints might be quite sensible: Ryan Betrand and Welsley Hoedt are 30/1 and 22/1 respectively (betfair). Another ex-Chelsea player will be expected to line-up for the Saints on Sunday. For Oriol Romeu to score against his old club, he is 16/1 with betfair, although bear in mind the Spaniard hasn’t scored in a cup game in three seasons.

Chelsea’s form of late can be best described as erratic. They haven’t beaten an opponent by more than one goal since mid-February and Southampton will be looking to avenge their defeat last week. For such an expected tight score-line, and faults possibly coming from both sides, the odds for this rematch are way too short to simply back a Chelsea win in 90 minutes. Betfred are offering best at 9/20. Over 2.5 goals and a Chelsea win is a lot better at 5/4 with both Ladbrokes and Coral. A interesting gamble might be to see Southampton edge it, qualifying for the Under 2.5 goals and 14/1 (Ladbrokes).

Posted: Friday, 20th April 2018
Author: Jack Porter

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