By Maryam Naz
1st January 2019
Southampton may have suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Manchester City last weekend, but glimpses of attacking flair under Ralph Hasenhuttl proves that their New Year’s Day clash against title-contenders, Chelsea, won’t result in another thrashing.
Chelsea vs Southampton: odds and predictions
The Saints are trading as 16/1 underdogs in our Chelsea vs Southampton predictions and betting tips, while Maurizio Sarri’s men are betting as 13/8 favourites, with a potential draw forecast at odds of 11/2.
After last week’s win against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, the Blues look to be back in control of their title charge, despite being temporarily derailed by Leicester City.
The likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud impressed in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Eagles. The absence of Alvaro Morata was not felt, given that his understudy, Giroud, performed so well.
The Frenchman, who has been directly involved in six goals in his last five appearances against the Saints, linked-up well with his sparring partners, and was an aerial threat from corners and free-kicks alike.
Yet, while he is operating as a 10/3 pick to score first, he could be beaten to the mantle by Danny Ings.
Given that Hasenhuttl rested him from the majority of the defeat against City, the 26-year-old will provide his side with fresh legs and enthusiasm, against a troubled Chelsea defence.
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Chelsea vs Southampton match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Chelsea to win 2-1, betting @ 15/2
Soton fans won’t be happy to hear that the first of our Chelsea vs Southampton predictions and betting tips are wagering in the favour of a win for the home side.
Yet given that Hasenhuttl’s men have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League matches in London, travelling away from the St Mary’s stadium on New Year’s Day doesn’t look like it’ll end well for them.
A 2/1 loss, with the odds projected at 15/2, could the most realistic of scenarios to wager on.
Southampton crumbled against a potent attacking City line-up in the last 15 minutes of the game, unable to mimic their first-half heroics in the final quarter of the game.
The second instalment of our Chelsea vs Southampton predictions forecasts their fall from grace, given that they’ve dropped a league-high 15 points from winning positions this season, late on in games.
Scorer tips: Eden Hazard our pick to score first @ 3/1
Our Chelsea betting previews are beginning to sound like a broken record given that Eden Hazard is once again our predicted player to strike first.
In the Belgian’s favour, he does love scoring against the Saints. He’s notched up four goals and three assists in his last six matches against this Tuesday’s opponents.
If the Saints defenders give him space and opportunities to dribble uncontested with the ball, Hazard will be uncontainable.
The threat he poses on the counter is next to none, and he brings up the rear of our Chelsea vs Southampton predictions as the first scorer for that very reason.
Chelsea vs Southampton stats: Opta
- Southampton have only won three of their 19 visits to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League (D5 L11), most recently a 3-1 win over Jose Mourinho’s Blues in October 2015.
- Chelsea haven’t lost consecutive home Premier League matches since November 2011, when they lost to Arsenal and Liverpool.
- Chelsea are playing their first Premier League game of a calendar year at home for the first time since 2013, when they lost 0-1 to QPR thanks to a Shaun Wright-Phillips strike.
- Southampton haven’t won consecutive Premier League away games since March 2017, when they won at Sunderland and Watford.
- Since keeping back-to-back clean sheets in October, Southampton have conceded at least once in their last 10 Premier League games – the longest current run in the competition.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.