Sunday 6 October: 2pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
Chelsea’s steady start to life under Frank Lampard has been gathering pace of late. Three wins in as many different competitions has given them hope of a successful season. They travel to Southampton who are 14th in the Premier League and only two points above the relegation zone.
Chelsea’s season didn’t get off to a good start when they lost 4-0 away at Manchester United. The fears were there that this would be a transitional season and a top four finish might not be possible. By the time they lost to Liverpool on penalties in the European Super Cup and failed to beat Leicester City at home, there were even calls to phone-ins saying Lampard would be out of a job by Christmas.
Their next three league games produced seven points but still the fans weren’t happy. Yes, the club were giving their youngsters the chance to shine and that’s what they were doing. The trouble was Chelsea were conceding far too many goals. In their first six games of the season, only the 1-1 home draw with Leicester had seen them not concede two goals in a game.
Then came two home defeats in a row as they lost 1-0 at home to Valencia in the Champions League and 2-1 to Liverpool in the Premier League. They weren’t quite in crisis but Chelsea needed some wins and some better defensive performances. Oh and a home league win would be nice too. Also quite nice is a trip to the Betbull website where betting is a totally different experience.
Chelsea played a weakened side against Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup but still ran out 7-1 winners. That overdue home league win finally came when beating Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 last Saturday. That took them to seventh in the Premier League but still ten points behind Liverpool. They are only a point behind the top four and there are odds of 6/4 (2.5) at Bet365 on them finishing the season in the Champions League places.
A midweek 2-1 win in Lille boosted their Champions League hopes and now they travel to Southampton looking for a fourth straight win. A trip to Betfair will see you getting odds of 17/20 (1.85) on them beating Southampton.
Southampton also had a poor start to their league season losing 3-0 at Burnley and then 2-1 at home to Liverpool. They finally got off the mark with a 2-0 win at struggling Brighton and Hove Albion. A home draw with Manchester United followed and another away victory at Sheffield United.
Their last two league games have both ended in defeat. They were hugely disappointing in a 3-1 home loss to Bournemouth. Southampton had some chances at Tottenham but ended up losing 2-1 despite their opponents only having ten men for most of the game. At least they put Portsmouth in their place in the Carabao Cup. You can get odds of 3/1 (4.0) at Coral on them beating Chelsea.
The Saints are 14th in the table and only two points above the bottom three. They don’t have the easiest of fixture lists in October and November and another relegation battle looks on the cards for them. It’s 9/2 (5.5) at William Hill on them being relegated this season.
Southampton had lost seven straight league and cup games to Chelsea before a draw in January. It’s 11/4 (3.75) at SkyBet on this game ending level. Their last win over them was in 2015 and the last four home league games have all ended in defeat. Southampton have failed to score against Chelsea in the last three meetings. It’s 19/10 (2.9) at Ladbrokes that Chelsea keep a clean sheet in this match.
N’Golo Kante may start this game after playing 90 minutes in the Champions League in midweek. Callum Hudson-Odoi is likely to feature in this game at some point.
Southampton have been blowing hot and cold this season and have already lost four league games and conceded 11 goals. Chelsea have conceded and scored more but their young team have started to get some good results in the past week or so. A bet on Chelsea to win and over 1.5 goals in the game has odds of 15/4 (4.75) if your wager is placed at Betway.