Champions Chelsea bounced back in emphatic style in midweek to beat Huddersfield town and will look to inflict similar despair to their opponents this weekend when they host Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
A brace from Willian and a third goal of the season from Tiemou Bakayoko sealed a 3-1 away win to keep their near on impossible title hopes alive despite boss Antonio Conte admitting defeat to Manchester City in this season’s title race. The Blues now sit 14 points behind the leaders and given City’s incredible form this season, their chances of bridging that gap seem highly unlikely. Still, they are only four points inside the top four and all important Champions League places so will want to keep picking up maximum points while they can.
Stamford Bridge over the years has always been the fortress behind Chelsea’s success but this season has seen a few inconsistencies. Falling to a 3-2 home defeat to high flying Burnley on the 1st game of the season was followed by 2 more home defeats in 4 games. They have since recorded 4 wins on the bounce at the Bridge including a 1-0 win over old boss Mourinho and his Manchester United team . Despite this, Chelsea have surprisingly recorded three more points away from home this season.
With Morata not featuring last Tuesday, It was the turn of Willian and Pedro who supported lone striker Eden Hazard and what a trio they proved to be. Willian has been a revelation these past few weeks, the Brazilian international has scored 4 goals and provided 2 assists in 6 games and has been pivotal to his team’s form.
Southampton came very close to beating Arsenal last weekend before shipping 4 goals at home to Leicester City. They have now one, drawn three, and lost four of their eight outings, dropping them into the bottom half of the table and just four points above the relegation zone. Away from home, they have won just one league game this season as well, although they do seem to have overcome their problems in front of goal
The goal against Leicester during the midweek fixture means they have now found the net in each of their last five league games, and away from home they have scored in 5 of their 7 seven attempts. Unfortunately for them, they have only kept two clean sheets as well, and now come up against a Chelsea side who have scored 13 home goals this season.
Alvaro Morata is back in contention for the visit of Southampton are complaints of ‘tiredness’ but David Luiz remains out with inflammation to the knee. Southampton have a fully fit squad to choose from and expect Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse to be recalled after being dropped for the loss against Leicester City.
Prediction: Chelsea 3 Southampton 1