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Southampton vs Chelsea Match Preview
Southampton need to improve fast as they face a tricky fixture against Chelsea in their quest to ensure Premier League safety. This Southampton vs Chelsea fixture will be played at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton on Saturday, April 14, so check out our Southampton vs Chelsea prediction and betting tips.
It hasn’t been pretty viewing for the Saints’ fans, as their side has been struggling to come out of the relegation zone. Ahead of the Southampton vs Chelsea fixture, the hosts are third from bottom with 28 points from 32 games (W5, D13, L14). However, they have a one-game advantage on the teams around them, which could count in the final analysis. Their form, though, suggests that it would take a Herculean task to get them out of the bottom three. The hosts lost their last three fixtures and have just one win in 19 games (W1, D9, L9). That dismal run sparked a change at the helm, with Mark Hughes now charged with the mandate of ensuring league safety. They aren’t in great form at home, but are certainly a difficult team. Their last home win came in November 2017, but have drawn five of their eight games hence, and look set to frustrate the visitors.
That may not please Chelsea, who have been struggling all season long for momentum. Having lost ground in the battle for Champions League qualification, the Blues look set for a spell outside the top-four. Ahead of this Southampton vs Chelsea fixture, the visitors are fifth after playing 32 games (57 pts, W17, D6, L9). That’s a whopping ten points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who look in no mood to relinquish their position. This could only mean that Antonio Conte’s men will need a miracle to cover that gap. If anything, they should be worried about the resurgent Arsenal who have bridged the gap behind Chelsea to just three points. They have just two wins in their last seven games in all competitions (W2, D1, L4) which highlights the problems at Conte’s disposal.
Southampton vs Chelsea H2H
Chelsea lost only once in their last six encounters against Southampton, winning four and drawing one.
Southampton vs Chelsea Team News
Jake Stephens is suspended for Southampton, for whom the duo of Steven Davis and Sam McQueen is out injured. Mario Lemina and Shane Long are also injury doubts.
David Luiz is out injured while Ross Barkley and Davide Zappacosta are both doubts for Chelsea.
Southampton vs Chelsea Probable Lineups
Southampton: McCarthy (GK), Soares, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Tadic, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Austin.
Chelsea: Courtois (GK), Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Willian, Hazard, Morata.
Southampton vs Chelsea Prediction
Relegation battles generally throw huge surprises, especially so late in the season. Though their league form shows otherwise, Southampton have shown that there is life under Hughes by progressing in the FA Cup. They can surely replicate that form and Chelsea in current form is their perfect chance. Do not be surprised if they pick up full points as Conte’s men seem to be going through the motions. We are backing goals at both ends in this cagey encounter.