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SOUTHAMPTON VS. CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE | MATCH PREDICTION AND FANTASY FOOTBALL TIPS

SOUTHAMPTON VS. CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE | MATCH PREDICTION AND FANTASY FOOTBALL TIPS

Southampton take on London-based Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Southampton were as high as 3rd in the points table in December, but a poor run of form since then has seen them drop to 13th position. They are now 11 points behind 6th-placed Liverpool. They come into this game after losing 1-2 to Wolves at home in the league. A victory here will be only the second win for Southampton in their last 12 league matches.

On the other hand, Chelsea are enjoying a good start under their new manager. The Blues have won their last 5 games in all competitions and are coming here with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Newcastle. They are currently placed 4th in the points table and a win here will close the gap between them and Leicester City to just 1 point.

In the last 20 matches, Chelsea have had the upper hand, having won 12 matches as compared to just 3 wins for the Saints. However, Southampton have scored 4 points in the last 2 league matches between the two teams.

The previous meeting between the two teams took place in October last year and ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Southampton will be hoping for the same result, given their current form.

Rivalry Stats

Southampton have lost each of their last 6 Premier League games, conceding 20 goals in the process. It is their longest losing streak in their entire football league history.

Southampton have lost their last 5 home league games against Chelsea, their longest losing streak against a specific opponent in their league history.

Chelsea have lost only 2 of their last 28 away league games in the South Coast (W21, D5, L2), with those defeats coming against Southampton in 2013 (1-2) and Bournemouth in 2019 (0-4).

Chelsea’s T Werner has been directly involved in more Premier League goals this season than any other player of Chelsea (5 goals, 5 assists), while only M Mount has had a hand in more shots for the Blues in this season’s competition (52 shots taken and 21 chances created).

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Match Details

  • Match: Southampton vs. Chelsea
  • Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
  • Date & Time: Feb. 20, 2021 at 6 PM IST 

Team News

Southampton

  • Injured: K Walker-Peters, T Walcott, I Diallo
  • Doubtful: None
  • Unavailable/Suspended: None

Chelsea

  • Injured: T Abraham
  • Doubtful: None
  • Unavailable/Suspended: None
  • Southampton form guide: L-W-L-L-L
  • Chelsea form guide: W-W-W-W-W 

Predicted Starting XI

Southampton (4-4-2)

A McCarthy (GK); J Stephens, R Bertrand, J Vestergaard, J Bednarek; O Romeu, T Minamino, J Ward-Prowse, S Armstrong; D Ings, C Adams 

Chelsea (3-4-3)

E Mendy (GK); C Azpilicueta, A Christensen, A Rudiger; C Hudson-Odoi, M Kovacic, Jorginho, M Alonso; M Mount, T Werner, O Giroud

Match Prediction

Although Southampton are fully capable of making it a difficult afternoon for Chelsea, they are currently struggling for form and are short of confidence.  

Conversely, the Blues are full of confidence and are on a roll at the moment. Expect them to pick up another 3 points and put pressure on the teams above them in the points table.

Howzat Dream Team

  • Goalkeeper: A McCarthy
  • Defenders: C Azpilicueta, A Christensen, A Rudiger, 
  • Midfielders: T Minamino, S Armstrong, C Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho
  • Forwards: T Werner, O Giroud
  • Captain: T Werner/O Giroud
  • Vice Captain: A McCarthy/Jorginho

NOTE: The Howzat dream team above is just a suggestion. You can select your own fantasy football team by using your knowledge and play fantasy premier league. Also, don’t forget to make any necessary changes to your team once the actual starting 11 is announced by each team (60 minutes before the start of the match) as some players you have selected might not be part of the fantasy 11.

Select your own team and play fantasy football on your favorite fantasy football app, Howzat!

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