Southampton Ahead of the Chelsea Clash on the EFL
After a 2-2 draw against Burnley in their EPL match last weekend, Southampton will travel to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to take on Chelsea in their Round of 16 encounter in the Carabao Cup. During their last weekend match, the Saints were disappointed after failing to take all the three points against the struggling Burnley at St Mary’s last Saturday.
The hosts, Chelsea are the outright favorite for the match and sports punters in Vietnam can wager on the game at Bongdaso, a Vietnamese sports betting site with solid odds on soccer, basketball, and other sports. Chelsea is confident about winning the match, after beating Southampton 3-1 in their EPL matchup earlier this month. The Blues also crushed Norwich 7-0 at home last Saturday, boosting their confidence ahead of their matchup with Southampton.
The Blues have their last four games across all competitions and they’re confident about recording another win at home, despite having several injuries in their squad. That shows the Saints have their work cut out for them, after starting this season poorly. Additionally, all of Southampton’s goals scored last week were thanks to Chelsea products, who are set to return to Stamford Bridge for the clash on Tuesday.
In their last eight games across all tournaments since crashing Newport Country 8-0 in the second round of the Carabao Cup, the Saints have only won one match in normal time. They have also recorded four draws and lost two games in that time.
Chelsea, on the other hand, is among the most formidable defensive teams in Europe at the moment. As such, the Saints might have to pull a rabbit from their hat to get into the competition’s quarter-finals.
Chelsea vs Southampton H2H Comparison
Southampton has only recorded a single win in their last 10 games against Chelsea, while the Blues have picked six wins and three matches ending in a draw. The last time these two teams met was in the EPL earlier this month, with Chelsea winning the game 3-1.
Southampton Form Guide – W, L, L, W, D
Chelsea Form Guide – L, W, W, W, W
Christian Pulisic and Romelo Lukaku will be sidelined for the match following ankle injuries. Timo Werner will also be nursing a hamstring injury, meaning the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi might be in the starting lineup.
Injuries: Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, and Romelo Lukaku
Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side doesn’t have many injury concerns and the coach has a nearly full-strength team to choose from. The only casualty in the squad is Jack Stephens, who is out with a hamstring injury. Che Adams is almost at full match fitness, but he’s likely to come in as a substitute once again.
Injuries: Jack Stephens
Chelsea (3-4-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Trevor Chalobah, Malang Sarr, Andreas Christensen; Saul Niguez, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz.
Southampton (4-4-2): Fraser Forster; Mohammed Salisu, Kyle Walker-Peters, Romain Perraud, Jan Bednarek; Ibrahima Diallo, James Ward-Prowse; Moussa Djenepo, Mohamed Elyounoussi; Armando Broja, Adam Armstrong.
Chelsea vs Southampton Prediction
While Thomas Tuchel will rotate his team, Chelsea still has enough quality to outmatch Southampton. The Saints have a poor attack this season and the Blues are formidable in their defense. As such, it’s only a matter of how Chelsea’s makeshift attack will outsmart the ordinary Southampton defense.