Chelsea v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 20, 2018
Stamford Bridge - FA Cup
Chelsea take on Southampton in an FA Cup semi final clash this weekend, looking to salvage some silverware from a low key season.
Chelsea have beaten Southampton home and away in the Premier League so far this season, 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and 3-2 at St. Mary's Stadium a week ago.
Southampton last beat Chelsea back in 2013, with Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert scoring in a 2-1 home win.
Chelsea will be without Marcos Alonso, who begins a retrospective three match ban for a challenge on Shane Long during the league match between these two sides.
The Blues will also be without Danny Drinkwater and David Luiz through injury for this tie.
Southampton boss Mark Hughes will give Sofiane Boufal until closer to prove his fitness after suffering with a bout of flu this week., bu midfielder Mario Lemina is already ruled out with a back problem.
Chelsea v Southampton Preview and Predictions
Antonio Conte's side have conceded their Premier League title this season, and they look set to miss out on Champions League football for 2018-19. The Italian could well find himself out of a job this summer, but he will be determined not to end the season empty handed.
Southampton are mired in a relegation battle, four points from safety, and having played a game more than their closest rivals Swansea City. With that in mind, a Chelsea win looks to be the best option here, at 8/15 with the Saints distracted by the Premier League commitments.
Given the fact that Conte's side have little else to play for this season, he is likely to let his team off the lead a bit more at the weekend.
Five goals in the tie between them earlier this month demonstrates the striking power available to both managers, alongside this Chelsea have scored nine goals in their last five games, and Southampton have netted six in their last five matches.
An over 2.5 total goals bet, available at 3/4, looks to be a very good option in this one.
Chelsea to win 2-1 at 7/1
The Blues lost in last year's final to Arsenal, and Conte will want to have a chance to avenge in what could be his last game in charge at the club. Southampton have bigger fish to fry as the battle to remain in the Premier League, and avoid the Championship since 2011-12.
Alvaro Morata to score anytime at 11/8
The Spanish international has endured a patchy second half to the season, after an explosive start to life in England. However he looks to be getting back on track, with two goals in his last five appearances, and Conte should start him this weekend as he looks to make a statement ahead of a potential final.