Chelsea hosts Southampton in round 5 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, October 17th at Stamford Bridge (London)
The Pensioners pleasantly surprised their fans in the last season. Without Eden Hazard, who went to Real, and without newcomers, Chelsea managed to break into the top four due to the efforts of a new coach. Now Frank Lampard’s credibility has been backed up by an impressive investment in the lineup. Ziyech, Werner, Havertz, Chilwell, and Thiago Silva strengthened the team in this offseason. However, one of Frankie's requests (to find a replacement for Kepa) was implemented specifically. The management signed the goalkeeper only before the deadline, and this was not Oblak or at least Onana, but Edouard Mendy. He made his debut with a clean sheet against Crystal Palace but picked up an injury in the national team. However, Werner and Havertz played excellently for the Germans in the match with Switzerland. Perhaps it will be possible to transfer this drive to the club's game.
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The Saints unpleasantly shocked their fans in the opening matches of the new season. They started with a 0-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. After that, Southampton left the League Cup, having lost to Brentford at home (0-2). Moreover, Hasenhüttl's men conceded five goals from Tottenham in the third match. But the Austrian manager was able to rectify the situation, as he had repeatedly done before. Back in late September, his players earned points in Burnley. And before the games of the national teams, Southampton successfully dealt with West Bromwich. Danny Ings was especially good - the forward of the English national team has already scored three goals in the new Premier League season. Nevertheless, the leadership of the Saints decided to strengthen the roster. They returned Theo Walcott to the roster and bought Ibrahim Diallo from Brest for 15 million.
In general, Chelsea has a clear advantage in the history of head-to-head matches. Nevertheless, two last visits to Stamford Bridge brought the Saints four points (0-0 in January and 2-0 in December 2019). Both clubs were remembered primarily for their instability. And it's hard to predict how they will play now. Taking into account the class of attacking lines of both teams, we will offer to bet on Over 2.5 goals scored.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored