The live game on Sunday at 2pm in the Premier League is Southampton v Chelsea.
Going into the weekend, Southampton were 14th in the table with seven points, and Chelsea seventh with 11 points.
The match is previewed here by Will Reilly.
After a slow start, Chelsea have enjoyed a decent spell in the Premier League, winning three of their last five matches and losing just one.
The sense of young players being given their opportunity at the club has increased with Callum Hudson-Odoi signing a five-year deal.
The vibe around the club is positive. Good results, of course, only help such things. A Champions League win in Lille on Wednesday will only increase confidence.
Whilst only Liverpool and Man City have scored more goals than Chelsea’s 14 in the league this season, only Norwich and Watford have conceded more than the 13 they have let in.
Southampton lost their first two league matches of the season but then things seemed to be coming together with two wins and a draw. However, they have lost their last two league matches – 3-1 at home to Bournemouth and 2-1 at Tottenham, who had been reduced to ten men in the first half of the game.
They need some good results to restore their confidence.
SOUTHAMPTON v CHELSEA is among this weekend’s DOUBLE THE ODDS ON FIRST GOALSCORER BETS matches…
After winning two and drawing once in a good three-match league run between August 24th and Sept 14th, Southampton, as mentioned earlier, have lost their last two matches. They had a great opportunity to beat ten-man Spurs last Saturday but were unable to take it, even though they created chances and Spurs’ keeper Hugo Loris made some good saves.
Saints have scored more than one goal in a league game just once this season – 2-0 when winning at Brighton – although they have scored in each of their last six Premier League games.
Both teams have scored in four of their last six league games and they have failed so far to keep a clean sheet at home.
Danny Ings and Moussa Djenepo who is injured, lead the way with two goals apiece in the league so far this season.
With 14 goals scored and 13 conceded, Chelsea’s seven league games so far have certainly been lively.
After a stuttering start, they have won three and lost just one – 1-2 at home to Liverpool – of their last six Premier matches. They gained their first clean sheet last week against Brighton, having conceded 13 in their previous six games.
All of their league matches this season have produced two goals or more, with five of the seven producing at least three. They have yet to keep a clean sheet away from home in the Premier League or Champions League, conceding nine goals in four games.
In terms of goal-scorers in the league this season, Tammy Abraham leads the way with seven, followed by Mason Mount on three. Tomori, Kanté, Jorginho and Willian have chipped in with a goal-apiece.
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEADS AT SOUTHAMPTON
Chelsea have a very good record at Southampton, having won on their last four visits – 0-2, 0-3, 2-3, 0-2 – and having won five and drawn one of the seven games they’ve played there since Southampton returned to the top flight for the 2012-13 season. Southampton actually won 2-1 on the occasion of their return.
This century Chelsea have won eight, drawn twice and lost twice in 12 league visits to Southampton. That’s a strong record.
After a promising start to his Southampton career, Moussa Djenepo finds himself sidelined with tendon problems.
Emerson (hamstring) is out, as are Antonio Rüdiger (groin) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (knee). Marco van Ginkel (knee) is progressing but is not ready yet.
VERDICT / TIPS:
Chelsea have shown themselves to be very adept at playing a pressing game and breaking with speed, which could well catch Southampton out. A good start for Chelsea could knock the Saints’ confidence.
On top of this, the stats point heavily to Chelsea so their price of 17/20 looks very fair.
Five of the last seven meetings between the sides at Saints have produced Over 2.5 goals, so that also looks good at 8/11.
As such, scores of 3-0 (14/1) or 3-1 (12/1) to Chelsea are suggested and, as it is a ‘Double The Odds On First Goal-scorer Bets, match with us, I’ll nominate Willian (17/2) as first scorer. He has scored in Chelsea’s last two games and doesn’t lack for quality and class.