Match Day 21
Chelsea vs. Southampton
Thursday, January 3rd 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.90
Average goals against per match: 0.80
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (10)
Last five matches form: L W W L L
Average goals per match: 1.05
Average goals against per match: 1.90
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (7)
Fourth top plays fourth bottom on Match Day 21 in the Premier League as Southampton make the trip to London to take on Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea outfit.
Chelsea didn't have too much trouble in the reverse of this fixture earlier in the season when coming away from St. Mary's Stadium with a 3-0 win. Southampton were struggling mightily at that stage of the season though and will be hoping for an improved showing here.
Pedro, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Olivier Giroud, Andreas Christensen and Callum Hudson-Odoi all miss out for the home side. Southampton must do with the injured Michael Obafemi and suspended Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Chelsea's most recent home game ended in disappointment as they were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Leicester City. They have bounced back well since though with rock solid wins on the road at Watford and Crystal Palace. That defeat to Leicester was their only loss in ten at home this season.
Following their first back to back wins of the season against Arsenal and Huddersfield, Southampton were brought down to earth with successive home defeats to West Ham United and Manchester City and will be doing very well to avoid a third consecutive loss in this one.
Southampton's away fixtures against the three other sides in the top four have resulted in three defeats, with 12 goals conceded and only two scored. They do look a better outfit going forward under Ralph Hasenhüttl and may get on the scoresheet here. We don't see them defending well enough to avoid defeat though.
Prediction: Chelsea 3 - 1 Southampton
Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 13 - 5
Shots on target: 8 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 65% - 35%
Antonio Rudiger was booked for the home side in this one with referee Jonathan Moss also taking the names of Jan Bednarek and Oriol Romeu of Southampton.
The stats were just as would have been expected in this one, with Chelsea well on top when it came to possession, shots and corners. Not for the first time though they were unable to find a way through and Southampton picked up a solid point on the road to continue their overall upturn in form since Ralph Hasenhüttl took charge.
Chelsea had most of the early pressure, but weren't really able to carve Southampton open with any great regularity. The best of the chances in the opening period probably fell to Eden Hazard, when a ball over the top from Willian dropped to him in the left hand side of the area. Hazard's volleyed effort was on target but Angus Gunn was up to the task, looking to have made the save with his face.
Southampton for their part mustered only efforts from range, but really did defend well here, restricting Chelsea to no more than half chances for the remainder of the contest. Goalless at the Bridge.
More dropped points at home for Chelsea, and the type of result they can ill afford in what is looking like being an increasingly competitive battle for the last of the Champion's League positions. They stay fourth but only three points clear of fifth placed Arsenal. The other results didn't really go Southampton's way, but this is still an unexpected point. They drop back into the bottom three, but are only two points adrift of safety.