Chelsea vs Southampton 12/26/2019 Previews, Game Analysis and Odds
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Chelsea vs Southampton 12/26/2019 – Fourth-ranked Chelsea seeks to solidify their position in the English Premier League table as they take on relegation-threatened Southampton on Boxing Day, December 26, at the Stamford Bridge. Kickoff is set at 10:00 AM ET and Amazon Prime Video will cover the hostilities live for television viewers in the United Kingdom while NBCSN will feature the fixture for US audiences. The Blues have lost four of their last five matches in the tournament and the gap between them and third-running Manchester City has ballooned to six points.
They could not afford another loss against the Saints as it may further widen the gap between them and City and allow fifth placers Tottenham Hotspur to catch up. On the other hand, 18th-ranked Southampton hopes to end their two-game skid and move a possible spot away from relegation with a surprise win against Chelsea. Best sports book online see the Ralph Hasenhuettl-managed Southampton surprising Frank Lampard-coached Chelsea in this fixture.
Chelsea vs Southampton 12/26/2019
After going 1-0-4 in the past five games, Chelsea FC (10-2-6 win-draw-loss, 32 points) trampled Tottenham Hotspur, 2-0. The Blues wreaked havoc in the offense, scoring two goals while their defense was solid against the Spurs crew composed of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane. Willian scored a brace in the 12th minute for Chelsea by curling a shot past Paulo Gazzaniga from near the edge of the box.
The Blues doubled the lead before the half-time whistle with Willian connecting on a penalty that was awarded after Gazzaniga fouled Marcos Alonso. Chelsea will rely on talisman Tammy Abraham in the offense as he has been stellar this season, scoring 11 goals in the past 18 outings. Their defense must be solid as well to fend off possible incursions from the Saints’ Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse.
Players to Watch:
Tammy Abraham (11 goals, three assists); Mason Mount (5 G, 1 A); Christian Pulisic (5 G, 2 A); N’Golo Kante (3 G); Willian (2 G, 3 A).
Southampton FC (5-3-10, 18 points) escaped relegation with a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa on Saturday. The Saints ran riot against the Villa defense early with Danny Ings scoring in the 21st minute. Jack Stephens doubled the advantage 10 minutes later and Ings completed his brace in the 51st minute. They allowed a consolation strike in the 75th when the game was already decided. Amazingly, the Saints orchestrated the goal-scoring spree despite having lesser possessions and corner kicks against the wasteful Villa. In the past six matches, the Saints were somewhat promising, winning three, drawing once and losing twice.
Those losses, however, against Newcastle United and West Ham United were close ones and in fact, had more possession minutes compared to their rivals. The Ralph Hasenhuettl-managed side would need better execution in offense and a forcefield-like defense against a formidable striking team like Chelsea to steal the victory and move away from relegation. Saints forward Danny Ings will be a marked man in the offense as he scored nine goals in the tournament as of late.
Players to Watch:
Danny Ings (9 goals, 1 assist); James Ward-Prowse (4 G, 1 A); Moussa Djenepo (2 G, 1 A); Nathan Redmond (1 G), Sofiane Boufal (2 A).
Chelsea vs Southampton Betting Numbers
Chelsea must need to get their act together and beat Southampton to stay in contention for the third spot, according to bet sports online. As for Southampton, a win against Chelsea is important as they have a chance to move out of the relegation zone. Southampton and Chelsea are expected to keep the game close and a late goal by either squad could be enough to take the win.
Chelsea’s -324 and Southhampton’s +921 leads to a draw result of +490 moneyline.
Score Prediction: Southampton will edge past Chelsea 2-1.