Southampton v Chelsea Preview

December 31, 2013 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewPremiership action New Years Day comes from St Mary’s Stadium and features Southampton versus Chelsea.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 15:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Southampton v Chelsea Preview, Premiership, Wednesday 1st January 2014

Southampton will be looking to climb back up the Premiership league table on New Years Day with victory over visitors Chelsea, but will be fully aware that they have to be a lot tighter at the back having conceded seven times in their previous three matches in front of their home fans at St Mary’s Stadium.

Chelsea are on a four game unbeaten run as they head into this game on Wednesday afternoon and the whole squad will have received a significant boost after their 2-1 victory over Liverpool last time out, Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o scoring the important goals in the one and another victory for Jose Mourinho’s side could see them go top of the Premiership league table if other results go their way.

Southampton Team News:

Victor Wanyama and Guly Do Prado are both unavailable for the hosts as they continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems. Pablo Osvaldo will under take a late fitness test to see if he can be involved in the squad as he struggles with a leg problem. Manager Mauricio Pochettino will likely start this game with his usual 4-2-3-1 formation which will see Lambert leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Lallana, Davis and Rodriguez.

Striker Jay Rodriguez is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 8.

Chelsea Team News:

Tomas Kalas, Marco van Ginkel and Frank Lampard are all unavailable for the visitors as they continue to recover from respective injuries and David Luiz also misses out as he serves a suspension. Ivanovic and Mikel are both carrying knocks and will under take a late fitness test to see if they can be involved. 4-2-3-1 also looks the likely formation that manager Jose Mourinho wil use for this game, which will see either Fernando Torres or Samuel Eto’o leading the attack up front with support from midfield being provided by Wilian, Oscar and Hazard.

Midfielder Eden Hazard is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 8.

Southampton v Chelsea Head to Head Statistics:

New Years Day’s game from St Mary’s Stadium will become the 64th game played between these two sides over the years, of which Southampton have won 18 times (10 at St Mary’s Stadium), Chelsea have won 28 times (13 at St Mary’s Stadium) with the remaining 16 matches (8 at St Mary’s Stadium) having finished all square.

The previous five matches played between the two clubs as shown in our head to head statistics table below, show that Chelsea have a clear advantage having won 3 times, with Southampton having managed just the 1 victory and the remaining game having finished all square.

01/12/13 PRL Chelsea – Southampton
3 : 1
30/03/13 PRL Southampton – Chelsea
2 : 1
16/01/13 PRL Chelsea – Southampton 2 : 2
05/01/13 FAC Southampton – Chelsea 1 : 5
02/04/05 PRL Southampton – Chelsea 1 : 3

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

183 Goals (88 at St Mary’s Stadium) have been scored in the previous 63 matches, which provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.90 and a 2.83 average goals per game statistic when both sides have played at St Mary’s Stadium which srongly suggests that this game on New Years Day should see at least a couple of goals scored.

Southampton v Chelsea Recent Form (Left to Right)

Southampton: D D L W L

Chelsea: W L D W W

Chelsea have the clear advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 3 of their previous 5 matches played. Southampton have found things extremely difficult during their last 5 matches played as they have only managed to record just 1 victory.

Southampton v Chelsea Match Betting Odds Market

Southampton have played well over the Christmas period, but have only managed to win one game and if they are to become serious candidates for a place in Europe next season, then they must win this game on New Years Day. Unfortunately the online bookmakers don’t see them doing so and currently have the hosts priced up at a current best price of 3/1 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw could be worth having a small saver bet on for this game as for me there is very little to choose between the sides and this game on New Years Day could quite easily finish all square and at a current best price of 13/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) it could turn out to be the value play here.

Chelsea head into this game having had a very good result over the weekend when beating Liverpool 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and that result has put them right up in contention in the race for the League Title and many people would expect Jose Mourinho’s side to continue their good form and win this game also, so no real surprise to see the online bookmakers only offering up a best price of EVS with Sky Bet (£30 Free Bets for New Customers) for the visitors to make it a hat-trick of wins on the bounce.

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Southampton v Chelsea Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Southampton must improve on their recent performances at home if they are to stand any real chance of winning this game on wednesday afternoon, but they do have the necessary personnel in their squad to secure the maximum points in my opinion as I have been extremely impressed with both Rodriguez and Llalana this season and if these two players can lead by example then Southampton have more than a fair chance of being the ones celebrating on New Years Day.

Chelsea have hit a rich vien of form over the Christmas period and confidence will no doubt have been boosted by their 2-1 victory over Liverpool last time out, however Jose Mourinho’s side have conceded eight goals in their previous five matches away from home and with both Frank Lampard and David Luiz both unavailable for this game, their midfield is certainly going to be lacking and I can definitely see Southampton scoring in this game.

The goal statistics suggest this game to see at least a couple of goals scored and with the abundance of talent on show it would take a very brave person to back against this game seeing goals, so betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES, Total Match Goals 2 or 3 and Anytime Goalscorer’s could also provide some additional value here, but I’m going to opt for a safe one here and take this game to see at least three goals scored on wednesday afternoon.

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