Jose Mourinho might be secretly wishing that Chelsea’s performances were as sharp as his new hairdo, but despite his side not hitting top gear the Blues can still see off Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
The 1-0 loss to Basel in the Champions League is typical of Mourinho’s second spell in charge thus far – Chelsea have been inconsistent, especially on the road, since August, with the Special One seemingly unsure of his best XI.
But at the Bridge, Chelsea have more often than not done just about enough and at 4/7 they look like decent things to beat a Southampton side that is struggling for goals on the road.
That quote is a bit short, however, so the 8/5 that Chelsea win to nil is the choice over the draw at 3/1 and the away win, which is a 5/1 chance.
Mourinho is yet to lose a home game in the Premier League as Chelsea boss – about the only aspect of his second coming that resembles his first stint in charge – and the west Londoners have duly won five of their six league games at Stamford Bridge, drawing the other.
With the exception of Manchester City, the opposition may not have been top class (Hull, Aston Villa, Fulham, Cardiff and West Brom have all visited Stamford Bridge) but Chelsea have found a way to win, and they can do so again against the Saints.
The St Mary’s outfit have had an excellent start to the season, but they are finding it hard to score on the road. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored just four times in six away matches this term – just once from open play – and haven’t picked up too many points on their travels in 2013.
In the calendar year, Southampton have won just three of their 15 away days and they look susceptible to a Chelsea side that under Mourinho know how to edge wins at home.
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