Chelsea host Southampton tonight and things must start to turn around for the Blues. They are proving to be their own worst enemy in the final few weeks of the Premier League, as inconsistency has plagued them They still hold a lead over Tottenham for top spot on the table, and the win against the Spurs in the FA Cup Semifinal surely gave the Blues some much-needed inspiration.
Chelsea's home record against Southampton is far from perfect. In fact, the Blues have won three of their last eight at home against the Saints and most recently lost the same match last year 3-1. Antonio Conte has a solid roster to work with tonight, which will give his team much better chance. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard will be in the lineup tonight and even better news, Gary Cahill will most-likely be available to play after a gastroenteritis problem.
This is going to be the biggest game of the year for Chelsea as a win tonight will take them seven points out in front of the table and with their FA Cup semifinal win, taking both of the titles is becoming more and more of a likelihood.
Southampton is currently in 9th place in the league and a win tonight will bring them within one point of West Brom. They will not be able to improve to any higher position in the standings this year, but they can still fall a few more notches down the ladder. Having to face a healthy Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge is one of the most dreaded games for any team, but the Saints have done it before and could very well do it again.
Premier League Match Betting Markets
bet365 Sports has the best lines ahead of tonight's match. Chelsea are obviously out in front at 1.44, but betting on a Southampton win (however crazy) might be the biggest return at 8.00. Then again, a draw could be a reality at 4.75.