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In-Form Southampton Hosts Chelsea

Shane Long Jose Fonte Southampton Premier League

With the likes of Leicester and Tottenham getting a lot of the headlines this season, little Southampton has flown under the radar and heads into Saturday’s meeting with Chelsea sixth in the table and one of the hottest clubs in the Premier League.

Shark Bites
  • Southampton won the reverse fixture 3-1 back on October 3.
  • Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama will miss out due to suspension.
  • Southampton has won four-straight home games in the Premier League.

At online book Bet365, Southampton is +180 in moneyline markets with Chelsea +150 and the Draw +225. OVER 2.5 goals is +120 while UNDER 2.5 goals is -154.

Southampton has five wins and one draw in its last six games, making them the best team in the league over that stretch. The back line has really stepped up its play as the Saints have conceded zero goals over that time, while potting eight of their own.

That excellent run of form has the southern club sixth in the table with 41 points – just one back of fifth-placed Manchester United.

Chelsea is still unbeaten in league play under Guus Hiddink (three wins, six draws) but is 12th in the table with 33 points.

The Blues thumped Newcastle 5-1 their last time out but have yet to post back-to-back wins in the Premier League this season.

At this point, European football is a pipe dream for the London club, but the squad has responded to Hiddink’s approach to the game. The Saints will be a tough nut to crack at St. Mary’s Stadium and as they knock on the door of the Europa League, they will be an even stiffer test for the resurgent Blues.