Chelsea v Southampton tips – champions set for struggle

Chelsea look vulnerable against dangerous Saints


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Betting Tip: Southampton +1.00 @ 23/20 with bet365

An alien landing on Planet Earth might take a look at the Premier League table and work out how Chelsea are priced at 4/5.

While BetVictor deserve praise for this best price about the champions, do you really want to be backing a team who have failed to beat Crystal Palace and Swansea City at home?

Chelsea conceded twice in these games, while Newcastle and Porto have bagged a brace against them in the past week and the Blues’ only home victory in the Premier League happened against a ten-man Arsenal team.

Jose Mourinho’s team are flattering to deceive in their title defence and Southampton can certainly get something from their trip north to London, with Ronald Koeman something of an expert in these type of matches.

The Dutchman oversaw a 1-1 draw for his team in this fixture last season, while also winning at Old Trafford and the visitors have the players to cause problems for a Chelsea side that might be feeling the pinch after a midweek trip to Portugal.

Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic are midfield dynamos, Graziano Pelle is a class operator in attack and Ryan Bertrand is back and ready to face a former club that might regret sanctioning his departure.

Southampton have three draws to their name on the road and they demolished MK Dons 6-0 in the Capital One Cup in their last venture away from St Mary’s before a 3-1 win over Swansea.

Virgil van Dijk has arrived to shore up the defence and we really have to be siding with the visitors to at least avoid defeat against a Chelsea side who are underperforming and miss the suspended Diego Costa for this clash.

Betting Tip: Southampton +1.00 @ 23/20 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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