Chelsea V Southampton: Team News, Predicted XI And Betting Odds

Chelsea V Southampton: Team News, Predicted XI And Betting Odds

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is sweating over the fitness of captain Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Boxing Day’s game against Southampton. The Spaniard picked up a thigh injury in the 2-0 win against Tottenham at the weekend and remains a doubt for Thursday.

The Blues don’t have many other injury concerns, though, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles) and Marco van Ginkel (knee) the only other players on the sidelines. Mateo Kovacic won’t feature after picking up a suspension for five yellow cards.

Chelsea’s Predicted XI To Face Southampton:

Kepa, James, Rudiger, Tomori, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Willian, Abraham, Pulisic

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will be looking to build on the club’ 3-1 win over Aston Villa last time out. The Saints are without Moussa Djenepo who has picked up a hamstring injury.

Yan Valery will also be missing with the right-back out until the New Year, while Kevin Danso is a minor doubt due to illness.

Southampton’s Predicted XI:

McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond, Ings, Long

The bookies have Chelsea as the red hot favourites to the get the three points with Coral pricing them at 4/11. A draw is 9/2 with Betfred while a Southampton victory is 8/1 at BetVictor.

Predicted Score – 2-1 to Chelsea

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