Preview - Southampton vs Chelsea 14 April 2018

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Apr 13, 2018, 10:38 PM Last Edit: Apr 13, 2018, 11:28 PM by Harry85
Match Day 34
Southampton vs Chelsea
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
20:30 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St Mary's Stadium

Southampton: 
Last five matches form: D L W L L
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.56
Top Scorer: Charlie Austin (7)

Chelsea:
Last five matches form: W L W L D
Average goals per match: 1.69
Average goals against per match: 0.97
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard and Álvaro Morata (11)

Sitting third bottom and three points adrift of safety, every game is a big one for Southampton at present. Nowhere more so than at home though where they really need to strt picking up points if they are to avoid the drop.

They welcome Chelsea to St Mary's this weekend, with the Blues season threatening to peter out into nothing. Any hope of Champions League football is now surely lost, and with Arsenal bearing down on them, they are in danger of finishing as low as sixth. A disappointing result for a side who were champions only last year.

Jake Stephens silly red card at the end of the Arsenal game means he misses out for Southampton here. The Saints are also set to be without Sam McQueen and Steven Davis through injury.

Ethan Ampadu and David Luiz continue to be absent for Chelsea, although Andreas Christensen is expected to be fit to return in defence.

Southampton were in the game for long periods against an admittedly understrength Arsenal side only to ultimately be undone by their frailties at the back once again. Its hard to tip them to win again until we see some evidence that they are able to play tighter when needed. All that said though this is probably a good time to be playing the Blues with morale now surely at a low ebb. This looks like a score draw.



Prediction: Southampton 2 - 2 Chelsea

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots: 10 - 17
Shots on target: 7 - 5
Corner Kicks: 4 - 7
Possession: 42% - 58%

A busy afternoon for referee Mike Dean who issued yellow cards to Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg, James Ward-Prowse, Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu and Shane Long of Southampton, and Eden Hazard, Willian and Gary Cahill of Chelsea.

Chelsea had the bulk of the early play here, but it was the home side who took the lead in the 21st minute. A determined run down the right-hand side by Ryan Bertrand ending with the full back teeing up Dusan Tadic to side foot home from six yards.

The Saints kept Chelsea well marshalled for the rest of the first half whilst offering a threat on the break and from set plays. 1-0 at the break.

Then on the hour mark the home side were granted a little breathing space. An excellent free kick by James Ward-Prowse picking out Jan Bedarnek at the far post to volley back across goal and into the corner. Three points would be massive here for Mark Hughes men, but could they hold on?

No.

Subsitute Olivier Giroud got Chelsea back into the game when getting on the end of a Marcos Alonso cross in the 70th minute and producing an excellent header into the bottom corner.

Five minutes later we were all square. Excellent work by Willian on the right to find Eden Hazard on the edge of the six yard box. No mistake from the Belgian.

In the 78th minute Southampton's collapse was complete. Hazard's dinked cross causing havoc in the box. After a bout of head tennis, the ball fell kindly for Giroud around the penalty spot. Another excellent finish from the Frenchman, this time volleying into the bottom right corner. 2-3 final score.

Southampton remain third bottom and are now five points adrift of safety with just five games remaining. Chelsea stay fifth and seven points behind Tottenham ahead of their clash with Manchester City.

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