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Southampton FC vs Chelsea FC, free match prediction 20 Feb 2021

20 Feb 2021 | 18:00 | Southampton, St Mary's Stadium
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Chelsea out to continue incredible run under new manager against a Southampton side in dire form

  • Chelsea have gone on a fantastic run under new manager Thomas Tuchel
  • The Blues have won their last five games in a row in all competitions
  • Southampton are in the middle of the worst form in years, losing six in a row in league

Chelsea to win 2-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Southampton, St Mary's Stadium

SOUTHAMPTON FC vs CHELSEA FC Match Preview & Analysis

If only Chelsea had produced this kind of form under Frank Lampard, they would likely be challenging for the title this season.

With five wins and a draw in the six matches since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, the club have undergone a huge upturn in form to take them into the top four.

They’re now on the coattails of Leicester and Manchester United above them, with the Blues aiming higher than they had previously hoped under Lampard. Here, they will be expecting another three points to keep that run going.

As for Southampton, they are at the opposite end of the spectrum right now, with six consecutive defeats in the league. From their last 11 matches, the Saints have won just a single game in a run of form which has seen the club slip from the top three to 13th.

This will be a tough battle for them.

Teams Preview

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Form Guide (all comps): LLLWL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Cup win over Wolves recently took them through to the Quarter Finals

     Earned a draw with Chelsea earlier in the season

Reasons to be fearful:

     Losing streak is unlikely to end here

     Confidence will be at an all time low

After Southampton lost 9-0 (for the first time) back in 2019, they pulled together some terrific form to become a side which, very briefly, topped the Premier League earlier this season.

Having lost by that same margin against Manchester United earlier this month, they have not managed to turn their form around in quite the same way. 

Despite their recent win in the FA Cup, they’ve only managed one victory in the league from their last 11 appearances, going back to December for the last time they earned consecutive victories.

Here, they will face a Chelsea side who are arguably the second-best team in the league right now (after Manchester City), and will find it tough to say the least to stop their losing streak.

Star Man – Danny Ings

Has scored in his last two games, including the win over Wolves in the FA Cup.

Chelsea FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWWWW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Phenomenal form has taken them into the top four

     Timo Werner has finally broken his goal drought

Reasons to be fearful:

     Face a tough run of fixtures with the Champions League starting again in midweek

     Tuchel is yet to discover his best starting XI

The only side better than Chelsea in the Premier League right now is the runaway leaders Manchester City.

With five wins on the bounce enough to propel the Blues ahead of Liverpool and into the top four, Chelsea fans are sure to be optimistic about what the rest of the season holds for them.

With Atletico Madrid to follow in midweek, before Manchester United at the weekend, this is a huge week for the club and will go a long way to deciding their fortunes for the remainder of the campaign.

Here, they face a Saints team desperately low on confidence and must look to press home the advantage by picking an attacking side and being positive from the outset. 

They’ve scored eight goals and conceded just once in the last five matches.

Star Man – Timo Werner

The German broke his goal drought with his first in 15 appearances. Who would be against him going on a great run now?

SOUTHAMPTON FC vs CHELSEA FC Winning Prediction

     Chelsea will control possession

     Both sides will have chances, but can Saints take them?

     The Blues favourites to claim 6th victory on the bounce

Southampton must end their horrific losing streak sooner rather than later in order to save their season. They remain only eight points off the top seven, but in reality look a world apart from those sides right now.

Chelsea will surely smell an opportunity to take advantage of their dreadful form, with their attacking players in great form right now.

Chelsea to win 2-0

Author: Ross B.