Chelsea vs. Southampton: Premier League – Match Preview

Chelsea can regain their seven point advantage at the top of the Premier League on Tuesday when they host Southampton.

The Blues beat Tottenham to reach the FA Cup final on the weekend, with Nemanja Matic scoring the pick of the bunch in a 4-2 success.

Last time out in the league though their advantage over Spurs was cut to four points following a 2-0 loss away at Manchester United.

Southampton were easily beaten by Manchester City last time out in the league, going down 3-0 at home to the Citizens.

The returning Vincent Kompany was among the goalscorers as City cemented their top four spot.

Premier League form: Chelsea W3 D0 L2; Southampton W2 D1 L2
Premier League top scorers
Chelsea – Diego Costa 17 goals
Southampton – Charlie Austin & Nathan Redmond 6 goals each

Match history
Chelsea secured an impressive 2-0 success at the St. Mary’s earlier in the season with Diego Costa among the scorers.

Southampton have a decent recent record at Stamford Bridge and recorded a comprehensive 3-1 win at the ground last term.

Last five Premier League meetings
Southampton 0 Chelsea 2 – 30/10/16
Southampton 1 Chelsea 2 – 27/02/16
Chelsea 1 Southampton 3 – 03/10/15
Chelsea 1 Southampton 1 – 15/03/15
Southampton 1 Chelsea 1 – 28/12/14

Both teams to score – 11/10 with Betfair

Team news
Gary Cahill missed the FA Cup semi-final and is a big doubt again here, with Nathan Ake likely to deputise in defence.

Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Costa are all expected to return to the starting XI here.

The former Chelsea midfielder Oriel Romeu is available again following suspension.

Virgil van Dijk remains out for the Saints, meaning Jack Stephens will continue alongside Maya Yoshida.

Expected starting XI’s
Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Ake; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Hazard, Costa, Willian
Southampton (4-3-3): Forster; Soares, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Davis; Redmond, Gabbiadini, Boufal

Predictions

Result: Chelsea (4/9 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 2-1 (8/1 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Eden Hazard (7/5 with Betfair)

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