Chelsea now host Southampton at the Stamford Bridge
After their inspirational win over Tottenham Hotspur few days ago, Chelsea now host Southampton at the Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day. Here are our English Premier League predictions for this fixture in the capital.
It was a great feeling for Chelsea’s manager Frank Lampard to beat his mentor Jose Mourinho. This happened on Sunday when the Blues visited the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and beat Spurs with 2-0. The big hero of the night was Willian, who scored both goals for the visitors.
It was an important win for Chelsea, because the team had poor results in the last month, which took away a lot of their confidence. But now the Blues look confident enough to gain some consistency and strenghten their positions in the Top 4.
At this moment Chelsea are 4th in the league with 32 points, still having four points advantage in front of the 5th Sheffield United. Their goal against Southampton on Thursday is going to be only one – the win.
Southampton on the other hand are approaching this game in good mood after their 3-1 win over Aston Villa during the weekend. The Saints dominated at the Villa Park. Danny Ings scored a brace for the visitors, while Jack Stephens also scored for Southampton.
Liverpool’s former striker Danny Ings is having a wonderful season for Southampton. His move to the Saints allowed him to play regularly again. Right now Ings has 11 goals scored in the league, which is better than any Liverpool player at the moment. Maybe that’s some food for thought for the Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp?
In our English Premier League predictions we expect to see some fight from Southampton at the Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea remain the favourite here. The Blues gained back their confidence after beating Tottenham away, so now Lampard’s team is once again looking very sharp. Let’s see.