class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The European champions are not used to losing games and they are clear favourites against a side with a poor record on the road in the Premier League
Chelsea face Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League with the side from west London aiming to bounce back from two defeats in the last week.
The Blues went down 1-0 to Manchester City last weekend before being beaten by the same scoreline by Juventus on Wednesday to suffer two consecutive losses for only the second time under Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea vs Southampton latest odds
The last time Chelsea lost back-to-back Premier League games was in December 2020 and the hosts are clear favourites priced at 4/11 (1.36) with bet365.
Southampton, meanwhile, head to the capital in search of their first league win of the campaign although Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have already earned creditable draws against both Manchester City and Manchester United this term.
Another draw is offered at 15/4 (4.75) with an away win available at 8/1 (9.00).
Chelsea vs Southampton team news
The European champions are without N’Golo Kante following his positive test for coronavirus.
Both Reece James and Mason Mount missed the midweek defeat in Turin and, while the former is still out, the latter is in the squad. Christian Pulisic is likely to return from his ankle injury after the international break.
The visitors are without long-term injury absentee Jack Stephens, while Armando Broja is ineligible to face his parent club.
Chelsea vs Southampton preview
The Saints visit Stamford Bridge trying to improve their extremely poor away record which has seen them win just one of their last 16 league matches on the road.
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That solitary victory came back in March against a poor Sheffield United side that subsequently ended the season bottom of the table and, in 2021, Southampton have picked up five points from a possible 42 away from St Mary’s.
Chelsea for their part have not been as strong at home as they would have liked, winning five of their last 10 league matches at Stamford Bridge.
Against teams from the lower reaches of the table, however, the Blues have been able to record wins and, with Southampton’s away record far from impressive, backing the hosts to bounce back with a victory makes sense.
Chelsea vs Southampton tips & predictions
Seven of Chelsea’s last eight home league victories have come with a clean sheet and backing them to claim another win to nil at 11/10 (2.10) should appeal.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.