Southampton caused Chelsea plenty of problems when the pair shared the spoils in a 1-1 stalemate at St Mary’s just after Christmas but it should be a far more straightforward afternoon for the Premier League leaders as the teams renew hostilities at Stamford Bridge.
Saints have just gone off the boil of late, falling off the pace in the race for a Champions League place and the Blues are so strong at home they’re simply impossible to oppose. Accordingly, it’s easy to see why Jose Mourinho’s charges are BetVictor’s 8/13 favourites while the visitors will kick-off priced at 11/2 with bet365 to do what nobody else has done this term and defeat Chelsea on their own patch.
Goals have dried up for Ronald Koeman’s team of late so Winner.com’s 7/5 for the Blues to prevail ‘to nil’ catches the eye and bolder punters might like the look of BetVictor’s 13/2 about the hosts notching twice without reply.
Alternatively, Paddy Power post 7/5 against the Blues holding a lead when the teams go in at the end of each half and in terms of goals, Eden Hazard levelled for Mourinho’s side in the reverse fixture and also fired the only goal in Chelsea’s last league match, at West Ham, so he gets the nod at 13/2 (bet365) to break the deadlock.
Eden Hazard to score first – 13/2 (bet365)