Chelsea will host Southampton in Stamford Bridge on Saturday. They are clear favorites but I dare not to underrate Southampton as a genuine Europa spots contenders.
Chelsea has massive improvement in squad quality as they have added Havertz, Timo Werner, Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy as well as the unplayed Ziyech to the team this season. The attacking game looks slightly improved from last season so far, as Havertz and Chilwell are definite upgrades, while others are still adapting to the new environment and need more time to shine. Timo Werner is the obvious case, who struggled to adapt to the new winger role. The team had just smashed Crystal palace 4-0 but had quite a dull 0-0 first-half display.
Southampton has quite dramatic ups and downs in previous seasons. They went from “hopeful” when Hasenhüttl took charge almost 2 years ago, to “hopeless” one year later when the club was among the bottom of the table. However, Hasenhüttl was able to turn the tide by changing line-ups and pressing approach, which made them flourish gradually and become a top-half team in EPL. Their pressing approach had backfired at the start of this season, largely because the pre-season preparation time is unusually short (less than 2 months from season end to season start). However, they have caught up and got back to their best in the victory of Burnley and West Brom. They are likely better than Crystal Palace at the moment.
For team news, Chelsea has Chilwell and Kante as doubts while Mendy is out. Armstrong and Djenepo are out for the Saints, while important Redmond had returned to starting last week and performed well. Overall, it is valuable to back Southampton +1 Asian Handicap @2.04. And don’t forget to register for the best betting software to enjoy the best odds in the market.