Southampton host an in-form Chelsea side in Saturday's early kick-off in the hopes of changing their own fortunes after a dismal winless run.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have lost six consecutive league fixtures since they defeated champions Liverpool at the beginning of January, and despite a spirited effort against Wolves last time out, it has left the Saints in 13th place.
By contrast, Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge has sparked somewhat of a revival which has seen the Blues win four out of their five fixtures under the German, while conceding just once. Their 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Monday evening saw summer signing Timo Werner end a personal goalless drought in the league that stretched back to the beginning of November, while the ever-reliable Olivier Giroud also got on the scoresheet after replacing the injured Tammy Abraham.
We expect Chelsea to continue their resurgent form and pile further misery on Southampton by getting the win here, and we’ve selected an interesting ‘return the favour’ tip with Giroud to assist Werner, and vice versa at 80/1, with the two expected to start.