Chelsea vs Southampton Soccer Predictions and Betting : The Premier League will be back on this weekend after a brief break with the players belonging to England and European countries taking part in the prestigious UEFA Nations League Matches.
This premier league games has given a great start to the underdog teams with all major teams struggling to get back to groove.
Come this Saturday afternoon, Frank Lampard's Chelsea is set to play Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton in a home fixture where the home team would be looking to get back to their A game while the Southampton will play their hearts out to make life difficult for the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Southampton Soccer Predictions and Betting Tips
Chelsea vs Southampton Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent form
Chelsea had a dry run in the 2019 season despite going deep in every competition that they were part of. They finished 4th in Premier League securing a spot in UEFA Champions League for the 2020 season.
They were thrashed in the round of 16 by the eventual UCL champions Bayern Munich and lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup final. They would be hoping for a better season this time around with one of the busiest teams in the transfer market.
In the last five games, Chelsea have managed just two victories while drawing two along with a loss against Liverpool. Chelsea are currently 7th in the premier league points table with 2 wins, 1 loss and a draw.
They started with a comfortable win against Brighton but lost to Liverpool while forcing a late draw against West Brom in which the rivals were 3-0 up at a stage. But they are on their way to recovery after a convincing win against Crystal Palace last weekend.
Southampton had another abysmal season with a 11th place finish in PL. Their fight in FA Cup ended fast after a fourth-round loss against Spurs. Their performance in EFL Cup was similar after facing elimination in the 4th round itself. In the last 5 outings, Southampton have managed 2 wins as opposed to 3 wins.
In the Premier League, they had a poor start after defeats against Crystal Palace and Spurs but have bounced back with wins against Burnley and West Brom in the last two games. With the trend of top teams losing to underdogs continuing, the chance of Southampton springing a surprise cannot be written off.
Chelsea vs Southampton Soccer Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
Last 5 matches: Chelsea – 3, Southampton – 1, Draw - 1
Recent Meeting: Chelsea lost 0-2 against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on 26th December 2019.
Chelsea vs Southampton Soccer Predictions and Betting : News Buzz
Injury have hit both the teams. Both the teams are set to be without key players.
Chelsea vs Southampton prediction and betting analysis: Offensive and defensive stats
The Blues are probably going in with a 4-2-3-1 combination that gives them a proper mix of endurance, defense and attack. The visitors would want to field a 4-4-2 formation that gives them enough fire power to stop the Chelsea attack.
Tammy Abraham has been quiet in the two games with a much-needed goal against West Brom that forced a draw. The highest scorer last year has been a key forward and a match-winner for the blues. He has an excellent header and has scored twice in 4 outings along with 2.7 shots per game, 0.3 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game so far.
The new signing Kai Havertz has proved to be a top performer but hasn’t converted the chances yet. He had a hattrick last month in the EFL Cup and has 90.1% pass success with 0.6 shots and 1.2 key passes per game in recent past.
Timo Werner hasn’t opened his account in Premier league and has looked out of touch in the last couple of games. There is no doubt in his finishing ability or in creating chances, but the German will have to bounce back quickly. He has 4 goals in 12 games with 79% success in passes in addition to 2.4 shots on target and 0.7 key passes per match.
For Southampton, Danny Ings is a key forward to pose Chelsea a challenge on Saturday. He has 3 goals in 4 games and has 2 shots on target. His passing has been subpar at 55.3% but he makes it up with 0.8 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game so far.
Che Adams hasn’t scored which has been a big worry for the team. He has managed just 1 assist in 5 games and is exceptional in air with an average of 2.3 aerial duels win per game. In addition to that, he has 66.7% pass rate and 2 shots on target on an average.
The Southampton defense have to be on their toes to not concede in this particular fixture. The likes of Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand and Walker-Peters will have to make sure that the ball doesn’t enter the penalty box quite often.
Vestergaard is a key player here who is breathtaking in aerial duels and wins about 5 aerials per game. He enjoys 80% passing rate along with 1 tackle, 1 interception and 6.7 clears per match.
Jan Bednarek is a great interceptor and tackles the ball very strongly. Along with 82% pass rate, he has 2.2 interceptions and most importantly 3.5 clears per game in 7 outings.
The duo of Bertrand and Walker-Peters will have to support them by counter attacking by not letting go of the possession to hold off the blues.
For Chelsea, the combo of Marcos Alonso, Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta and Ben Chilwell will have to secure the defense to hold a clean sheet. Marcos Alonso has been exceptional in passing, aerial duels and controlling the possession. He has 1.7 tackles, 2.7 clears, 1.3 aerials and 82.4% success in completing passes.
Thiago Silva was criticized for his rusty performance against West Brom but showed drastic improvement against Crystal Palace. In the 2 games he has been part of, he managed 1.5 interception, 3 clears and 0.5 blocks per game along with 94.6% pass completion rate.
Ben Chilwell is an important signing for the team who has shown his versatility with his contribution. He has a goal and an assist in three games along with 83.1% pass success and 3 interceptions per game so far. He defends, he controls and scores for the team out of nowhere. Overall, the Chelsea line-up looks strong and settled on paper.
Chelsea vs Southampton prediction and betting analysis:
The match between Chelsea and Southampton is scheduled to take place on 17th October in the Stamford Bridge stadium at 3pm local time. The prediction platforms and betting experts expect the blues to pull off an easy win with Southampton having large