Chelsea vs Southampton Preview

January 16, 2013
By: Deke Hardman

Wednesday evening’s game at Stamford Bridge sees third place Chelsea host a Southampton side looking to create distance between themselves and the bottom three.

The hosts go in to the game on the back of an impressive 4-0 victory at Stoke City; however they remain seven points behind second place Manchester City, and a further seven behind leaders Manchester United.

Captain John Terry is available after making his comeback from injury as a substitute at the weekend, while Gary Cahill could also feature, having missed Saturday’s win to attend the birth of his son.

Demba Ba is set to continue upfront, and is favourite to open the scoring at odds of 4.0 (3/1), whilst Frank Lampard, who has four goals in his last five league games is a 7.0 (6/1) shot.

Lampard, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season is now the Blues second top scorer of all time with 194, and is just eight behind first place Bobby Tambling.

Chelsea are odds on for the victory, and are 1.25 (1/4) with most firms, with Southampton as highly priced as the 15.0 (14/1) offered by Bet 365, and the draw 6.5 (11/2) with the same firm.

The visitors are currently just two points above the relegation zone, but have lost just twice in their last eleven league games, winning at Aston Villa last time out.

Highly rated left-back Luke Shaw has a gashed knee and is likely to join Adam Lallana, Jose Fonte on the side-lines, whilst Emmanuel Mayuka is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Top scorer Rickie Lambert made it nine for the season with the winner at the weekend, and is 13.0 (12/1) to get the first goal of the game, whilst former Chelsea youth player Jack Cork is 17.0 (16/1) to score at any time.

The two sides met just eleven days ago in the third round of the FA Cup, where Chelsea came from a goal down to eventually win 5-1 at St. Mary’s.

Bet 365 offer 4.75 (15/4) for Southampton to open the scoring this time around, while if you fancy another goal fest, they offer a price of 15.0 (14/1) for there to be six or more in the game.

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