Bet Chelsea to Increase EPL Lead to 7 Points with Home Win vs. Southampton

Eden Hazard

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:54 PM GMT

English Premier League-leaders Chelsea play host to Shane Long and Southampton at Stamford Bridge, is backing the hosts and the Over the best approach here, with the Blues very capable of scoring three goals themselves in this crucial spot?

Odds Overview

Chelsea vs. Southampton (NBCSN, 2:45 p.m. ET): Eden Hazard (15 goals) and first-place Chelsea (24-3-5, 65 GS-27 GA) welcome Southampton (11-7-13, 37 GS-40 GA) to West London and Stamford Bridge in EPL Matchweek 34 play on Tuesday in a fixture rescheduled from Sunday due to the Blues participation in the FA Cup. Oddsmakers have Chelsea solid -230 favorites (BetDSI) with Southampton +700 and a Draw +365 with the Total 2½o -127 (BetDSI). The 9th-place Saints come in on off a 3-0 Home loss to Manchester City April 15 while the Blues (79 points) now hold just a slim 4-point lead over 2nd-place Tottenham (75 points) in action on Wednesday against Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane in a significant London Derby (TOTT -152, CP +464, DRAW +310; 2½o -151, 5Dimes).

 

Southampton FC

Manager Claude Puel and Southampton (5-3-8 Road, 20 GF-22 GA) should be well-rested for this affair, with the Saints last game coming on April 15 at St. Mary’s in a 3-0 loss to Manchester United. Here, Southampton will look to play good defense in front of GK Fraser Forster and with Michy Batshuayi (+137 Anytime Goalscorer, Bet365), Manolo Gabbiadini (+300 Anytime Goalscorer, Coral), Shane Long (+400 Anytime Goalscorer, Paddy Power) and Charlie Austin (+350 Anytime Goalscorer, Betfred), Soton has enough scoring options and should be able to score at least once being well-rested in this high-profile spot—theoretically a good thing for the Over (2½ -125, Bovada).

 

Chelsea FC

Manager Antonio Conte, PFA Player of the Year N’golo Kanté and Chelsea (-714 to win EPL, Intertops) have to be frightened of this all of a sudden tight league race with Harry Kane and Tottenham (+475 to win EPL, Intertops) poised to spoil their London neighbors’ season should the Blues slip up. And that “Fear” is a good handicapping element to use when thinking about betting this match. On Saturday, Chelsea defeated Spurs at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup Semifinals—the Blues will play another Londontown neighbor, Arsenal, in the FA Cup Final on May 27 (To Win Outright: CFC -161, ARS +125, Intertops)—rolling to a 4-2 victory in a thrilling match closer than the final scoreline which saw the electric Willian tally two goals.

 

EPL Series History, Trends, London Weather, Best Betting Approaches

In EPL play, Diego Costa (-162 Anytime Goalscorer, Bet365) and Chelsea are 15-9-9 (58 GF-43 GA) lifetime vs. the Saints at SW6 with Chelsea winning the L2 meetings—both at St. Mary’s—after seeing Southampton go 1-2-0 the previous three. TWC forecast for London Tuesday night calls for Cloudy Skies, a Low of 38° with NNW 10-15 mph Winds. With “Fear” as that motivating factor, expect Hazard, Costa, Willian, Kanté, Pedro and Victor Moses, expect Chelsea to play great and simply outscore its opponent in this crucial spot.
 

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Chelsea 3 Southampton 1Free EPL Picks: Chelsea -1 -140, Over 2½ -125 Best Lines Offered: at Bovada

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Bonus Props Pick: Eden Hazard, Anytime Goalscorer +162Best Line Offered: at Paddy Power