Preview - Southampton vs Chelsea 07 October 18

Started by Harry85, Oct 06, 2018, 09:18 PM

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Match Day 8
Southampton vs Chelsea
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
22:15pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St Mary's Stadium

Last five matches form:  L W D L L
Average goals per match: 0.86
Average goals against per match: 1.57
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (3)

Last five matches form: W W W D D
Average goals per match: 2.14
Average goals against per match: 0.71
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (6)

Chelsea are still unbeaten in the Premier League this season but having won their first five they have endured their first real mini blip with draws against West Ham United and Liverpool in their past two games. They will be keen to get back to winning ways here as they travel to the south coast to take on Southampton.

Southampton flirted dangerously with relegation last season and are again languishing towards the lower reaches of the table in the early stages of the current campaign. Without a win in thee games at home, their only victory has come away at Crystal Palace. Whilst there have been signs of improvement form the Saints, they really need to start translating those improvements into points.

Chelsea beat Southampton home and away in the league last season, in addition to knocking the Saints out of the FA Cup.

Both managers have relatively fit squads from which to select. Shane Long being the only confirmed absentee for Southampton and Mario van Ginkel the only one to miss out for Chelsea.

Chelsea do look to be legitimate title challengers this season and were only a sensational late Daniel Sturridge goal away from beating Liverpool last weekend. In Eden Hazard they have the in-form player in the Premier League at present and can be expected to find a way through Southampton. It's an away win for us.

Prediction: Southampton 0 - 2 Chelsea


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots:  11 - 11
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 12
Possession: 38% - 62%

Southampton didn't trouble the scoresheet in the end in this one, but they did at least keep referee Craig Pawson's card count ticking over. Ryan Bertrand, Mario Lemina, Cedric Soares, Oriol Romeu, Pierre Hojbjerg and Danny Ings all being booked for the Saints. The Chelsea players kept on the right side of the referee throughout.

Southampton did at least attempt to take the game to Chelsea at times, but they were simply up against far superior opposition here and were comprehensively outgunned in the end.

Southampton really should have taken the lead when Danny Ings somehow fired over an open goal from point blank rage. It seemed likely that miss would come back to haunt them and, in the end, so it proved.

Chelsea had been threatening almost from the off here but didn't actually make their breakthrough until the half hour mark. Southampton guilty of giving up possession just outside their own box. Ross Barkley playing Eden Hazard clean through on goal and the in form Belgian finishing smartly into the bottom right. 1-0 at the break.

Having provided the assist for the opener it was Barkley himself who grabbed the second in the 57th minute. Olivier Giroud getting on the end of a ball into the box to acrobatically fire in a cross come shot from the right. Barkley left with the simple task of bundling the ball home from close in.

The icing on the cake came in the 90th minute. Hazard drifting in from the left-hand side to slip Alvaro Morata in on goal. Morata finishing nicely over the keeper.

A thoroughly professional display from Chelsea who look the real deal. They sit second in the table on goal difference. Southampton drop to 16th.

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