Stadium: Stamford Bridge (London)
The Thomas Tuchel-led team approaches the home fixture in a poor mood. The last two matches have been tough for the London club. The team failed to score against Manchester City and Juventus. Will the home side be able to make amends for the last two disappointing performances?
After a successful performance at home against Aston Villa in the English League Cup, Chelsea had a disappointing next two games. First, Thomas Tuchel’s team took on reigning English champions Manchester City. In this game, the Aristocrats showed their negative side without scoring a single shot on target. Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the current English Premier League campaign, 0-1. After six games, the Aristocrats are sitting in third place in the table. This week, Chelsea travel to Juventus in the second round of the Champions League group stage. Tuchel’s side once again left the field without any action. The meeting in Turin ended in a 0-1 defeat for Chelsea.
After a series of three draws, Southampton disappointed at home with a performance against Wolverhampton. On Matchday 6 of the English Premier League, Southampton failed to find any weaknesses in the Wolves’ defence. Midway through the second half, the Southampton defenders failed to watch Wolverhampton striker Raul Jimenez. As a result, the Saints suffered a 0-1 defeat. Currently, Southampton have four points and sit 16th in the English league table.
In the previous English Premier League season, the match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge Stadium produced plenty of action. The teams scored three goals each and did not decide the winner. The second leg at St Mary’s also ended in a draw, this time with a 1-1 draw. In all competitions, Chelsea and Southampton have played 106 head-to-head games. In terms of victories, the advantage is on the side of the London club - 46:29.
Expert Betting Tips
On paper, the favourites for the upcoming match are the home side. However, I would not write off the Saints, who have shown excellent play against the two Manchester City representatives this season. The Ralph Hasenhüttl-led side drew 1-1 with United at home, and at the Etihad Stadium, they prevented Manchester City from scoring, 0-0. I reckon the home side will have a pretty tough game ahead of them against Southampton. As the main bet on the upcoming game, I suggest considering the Saints’ handicap. I also expect Chelsea to fail to keep their goal intact for the third time in a row so that we can consider a result-oriented performance from Hasenhüttl’s charges.
- Handicap 2 (+1.5) for 1.75;
- Southampton to score for 1.83;
- Total Over (10) corner kicks for 1.83.