Chelsea vs Southampton: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Monday, December 23, 2019 1:25 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 1:25 PM UTC

Chelsea beat Southampton 4-1 earlier this season...
<div><h2>Chelsea vs Southampton</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Thursday, December 26, at Stamford Bridge</strong></a></p><p>Chelsea picked up an impressive 2-0 victory away at Spurs on Saturday and that should fill them with confidence as they prepare to host Southampton at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have struggled for consistency in recent weeks, but they should be able to win this game. It finished 4-1 to Chelsea when these teams met at St Mary’s earlier this season, which is another reason to back Frank Lampard’s men on Boxing Day. The odds are short on a home win, but there is plenty of value to be had when combining it with a goals market.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Lampard went with Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger at the back against Tottenham on Saturday. Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta played as wing-backs, and Jorginho was benched, leaving just Matteo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante in midfield. Tammy Abraham led the line, with Willian and Mason Mount buzzing around him. Southampton do not represent quite such illustrious opposition, so Lampard may be tempted to revert to four at the back for this game and restore Jorginho. Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi could come into the team if the manager decides to freshen things up.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Southampton did really well to pick up a 3-1 win at Villa Park on Saturday. Danny Ings was the star of the show, as he scored twice, while James Ward-Prowse amd Matham Redmond offer plenty of creativity. Jannik Vestergaard and Maya Yoshida have been dropped and the Saints have reverted to a 4-4-2, with Jack Stephens alongside Jan Bednarek at the back. The dangerous Moussa Djenepo is out with a hamstring injury.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Chelsea suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth in their last home game, but Lampard will hope that guards them against complacency in future. They restored their confidence with a fantastic win over Spurs last time out, and they have an excellent record against the Saints. They are unbeaten in their previous nine meetings with Southampton, and in that time they have secured eight wins and a draw. The Saints have failed to score in their last three visits to Stamford Bridge. It is also worth noting that Southampton have the worst half-time record of any club in the Premier League this season.</p><p><strong>Tips: <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chelsea and under 4.5 goals at 1.85 (5/6) with Betway</a>; <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Chelsea half-time / full-time at 2.00 (evens) with Ladbrokes</a></strong></p></div>
comment here