After losing their last Premier League outing against Manchester United, Antonio Conte’s men are only four points ahead of second-placed Tottenham at the top of the league table. And so, a win will be all they want from the Chelsea vs Southampton fixture.
Chelsea could not continue their winning streak against the tactical genius of Jose Mourinho, but they bounced back with an emphatic win against Tottenham in the FA Cup semifinal. This win has surely uplifted the morale of the team and they will now look forward to extend their lead at the top table against Southampton who themselves have not been at their best all season. Claudio Puel’s boys are now at the ninth spot and realistically, they can only hope for a eighth-place-finish in this campaign. However, a win against the mighty league leaders will definitely be a confidence booster for the Saints.
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Chelsea vs Southampton team news:
The Italian manager decided to rest several of his first team players in the weekend’s FA Cup semifinal. But, the reliable scorer duo of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are expected to start the proceedings once again. So far as the other players are concerned, the home team have only one injury scare. Their captain Gary Cahill has not been fully fit and he had to sit the last match out. However, during the press conference yesterday, Antonio Conte hinted that the defender might be back to the starting lineup against Southampton. If he does not play, Nathan Ake might retain his place. Here is the probable lineup for Chelsea:
Southampton’s best defender Virgil Van Dijk has been ruled out for the whole season and he is going to be the major absentee for the away side. Besides, defender Matt Targett and striker Charlie Austin are ready to return to training after being injured for a long time. However, they are still not fit to take the field. Sam McQueen is also doubtful with a groin injury. With these injury worries in mind, the Saints boss is most likely going to start with the following lineup:
Chelsea vs Southampton betting odds:
Chelsea win: 2/5
Southampton win: 13/2
Chelsea vs Southampton TV guide:
The clash will kick off tonight at 7:45pm local time and will be telecast live in Sky Sports 1 (UK). In the United States (1:45pm CDT, 2:45pm Eastern), NBCSN will bring it live and Star Sports Select HD1 will do the same for Indian viewers (Wednesday 12:15am IST). For live streaming links, please send a message to our official Facebook page.
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