PREVIEW: Chelsea v Southampton
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]imply a desperate defeat for Man City at Turf Moor last night and Manuel Pellegrini is coming under further pressure as their title hopes fade into the distance.
Chelsea can turn the screw even further on Man City with a win over Southampton leaving them eight points clear AND a game in hand.
It could be a tight battle, both sides are good defensively and it will be interesting to see how Chelsea bounce back from their Champions League exit this week. It was a lengthy game which may well have left it’s mark fatigue wise.
With the exception of John Obi Mikel (knee injury), Jose Mourinho has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Jay Rodriguez and Emmanuel Mayuka are still absent through injury for Southampton who could get right back into the pitch for a Champions League spot if securing all three points here.
The stats are very much against them however as Chelsea have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League games against Southampton (W6, D4).
Chelsea v Southampton
HEAD TO HEAD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Dec 2014 Premier Southampton 1-1 Chelsea
Jan 2014 Premier Southampton 0-3 Chelsea
Dec 2013 Premier Chelsea 3-1 Southampton
Mar 2013 Premier Southampton 2-1 Chelsea
Jan 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-2 Southampton
Jan 2013 FA Cup Southampton 1-5 Chelsea
Apr 2005 Premiership Southampton 1-3 Chelsea
Aug 2004 Premiership Chelsea 2-1 Southampton
May 2004 Premiership Chelsea 4-0 Southampton
Nov 2003 Premiership Southampton 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea to be winning and half time is around 6/4 on Star Sports which looks the call.