Chelsea to keep ti­tle charge go­ing at St Mary’s

PRE­MIER LEAGUE SOTON v CHELSEA Sun­day, 2.15pm, Sky

The Racing Paper - - Football - by David Jack­son

CHELSEA’S ti­tle cre­den­tials will be tested at St Mary’s but they should just see through for the three points that will leave Southamp­ton ner­vous about the rest of the sea­son.

Mau­r­izio Sarri’s side were ex­cel­lent in their home draw with Liver­pool last week­end and had it not been for a won­der goal by Daniel Stur­ridge it would be them sit­ting as joint lead­ers with Man City and not the Merseysiders.

Saints have not beaten Chelsea at home for five years and have lost the last six con­sec­u­tive meet­ings be­tween the two sides in all com­pe­ti­tions in­clud­ing an FA Cup semi-fi­nal de­feat last sea­son so a home win looks far fetched given the the Blues’ hot form.

That said, with Mark Hughes’ team hav­ing not started well they will be look­ing to put up a fight against their London op­po­nents and Betvic­tor are of­fer­ing a de­cent 19/5 for the draw/Chelsea in the half/full time mar­ket.

Chelsea have spread goals around this sea­son and that has been a fea­ture of their play but the main man has been Eden Haz­ard who has upped his re­turn in front of goal to make him more dan­ger­ous.

His drib­bling at pace is some­thing to be­hold and his pres­ence will be the dif­fer­ence be­tween Chelsea drawing and win­ning games this sea­son.

Southamp­ton won’t just lay down and die and will give Chelsea more than a scare or two and Bet­fred’s 12/5 for both teams to score in a Chelsea win looks de­cent value.

With a close game an­tic­i­pated rather than a rout then the win­ning mar­gin mar­ket could of­fer de­cent value in the form of Marathon­bet’s 19/5 for Chelsea to win by one goal.

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