PREVIEW: Southampton v Chelsea
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hree Premier League matches on the TV today.
The busy Festive programme continues….
Spurs v Man U (BT)
Southampton v Chelsea (SKY)
Newcastle v Everton (SKY)
The bet probably looks to be goals in the Southampton v Chelsea game. It’s certainly a match that usually generates plenty of goal action.
Southampton v Chelsea
2.05pm LIVE ON SKY
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
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
Dec 2003 Premiership Chelsea 0-0 Southampton
Southampton’s season is looking increasingly like a ‘season of two halves’.
After a stunning start they are now looking vulnerable after four defeats in a row.
However, the Christmas campaign is going well for them with six points from six against Everton and Crystal Palace and if the ship is steadied then a Champions League place is by no means a pipe dream.
This is clearly going to be a tough test for Southampton against a Chelsea side who have bounced back well from a surprise defeat against Newcastle and have now won all five of their matches across all competitions since that setback.
The home side will be boosted by the return of captain Jose Fonte after serving a one-game ban on Boxing Day.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has no new injury concerns.
Over 2.5 goals at 11/10 looks generous enough. I was firmly expecting the price to be odds-on. It must the sale season in reverse.