English Premere League Match Prediction (EPL 2019):Southampton vs Chelsea
St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
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After an inconsistent start to the season, Chelsea would like to build onto their 3 wins in last 3 games in all competitions and break into the top 4 when they travel to face Southampton. They have relatively easier fixtures lined-up.
Chelsea youngsters have repaid the faith boss Frank Lampard has shown in them with Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount impressing so much with their performances that they have earned call-up to the English squad for their upcoming Euro qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Southampton, who have won 2 games so far, just 1 less than Chelsea would like to build onto that and register their 1st home win of EPL 2019.
Squads and Predicted Lineups:
Southampton at EPL 2019
Full-back Cedric Soares missed the Tottenham Hotspur game after pulling out injured in the warm-up. The Portugal international has a calf problem and will remain unavailable.
Moussa Djenepo is sidelined for the foreseeable future due to a hip issue. The Mali winger has scored twice in three top-flight games since his summer switch from Standard Liege, but has not featured since September 14.
Alex McCarthy and Cedric Soares will be assessed, with James Ward-Prowse potentially starting on the right.
Ralph Hasenhüttl might use a 3-4-1-2 formation.
Angus Gunn; Jan Bednarek, Maya Yoshida, Jannik Vestergaard; Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Ryan Bertrand, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg; Sofiane Boufai; Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond.
Chelsea at EPL 2019
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles), Emerson Palmieri (thigh), Antonio Rudiger (groin) and Marco Van Ginkel (knee) are out of Sunday’s clash.
Cesar Azpilicueta will be fretting for his starting spot at right-back after Reece James featured from the off in Lille, though after a lengthy layoff, Frank Lampard may resist the temptation to use the youngster.
He could make a sole change from the side that started against Brighton, with N’Golo Kante coming in for Ross Barkley in midfield which means sticking to the 4-3-3 formation.
Kepa; Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori; Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount; Pedro, Tammy Abraham, Willain.
EPL 2019: Southampton vs Chelsea prediction:
1- Southampton have won only two of their last 20 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W2 D6 L12) and are winless in the last seven- 6 lost. Meanwhile, Chelsea have won 9 of their 12 away visits to St. Mary’s Stadium in all competitions, including each of the last four in a row. Barring any surprise, expect the Blues to hold onto their advantage.
2- Chelsea have scored at least once in each of their last 15 away games against Southampton in all competitions (33 goals in total) since December 1997. With Chelsea being the 3rd highest scoring side this season, the streak will extend for another year.
3- Southampton have won just one point at home in the Premier League so far this season. Don’t expect them to double it so far.
4- Southampton have found the net in each of their last 17 home Premier League games. Meanwhile, Chelsea have kept just 1 clean sheet this season, that too at home in the last game, so don’t be surprised if The Saints stretch that run.
5- Llast having a longer run in the top-flight between April 1980-December 1981 (31 games). However, Saints have only kept one clean sheet in the current run of 17. Also, only Watford (33) have conceded more Premier League away goals in 2019 than Chelsea (27).
6- Southampton have managed just 3 clean sheets at home in the last 2 seasons, less than any other side in the Premier League.