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Chelsea v Southampton Betting: Blues set to keep having the blues at the back

11:55 BST 25/04/2017
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With their defensive wobbles showing few signs of coming to an end, Al Hain-Cole backs the Blues to produce goals at both ends against the Saints

After booking their place in the FA Cup final, Chelsea will be looking to move one step closer to the Premier League title when they welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Having seen their lead at the top of the table cut to four points after defeats to Crystal Palace in recent weeks, Antonio Conte's men are 4/11 (1.36) favourites with Paddy Power to earn some extra breathing space by coming out on top here.

The Saints were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Manchester City last time out but are on offer at 7/1 (8.00) to bounce straight back with a high profile win in west London.

The guests have actually earned four points from their last two trips to this ground, and you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them escaping with a share of the spoils after a draw on this occasion.

Despite their recent wobble, the leaders’ four-point gap and relatively straightforward remaining fixtures suggests they should have more than enough to fend off the challenge of a Tottenham team they vanquished in the cup semi-final.

While that 4-2 Wembley victory should represent a significant confidence boost for the upcoming run-in, it did see the Blues continue their slightly worrying defensive downturn as they conceded two goals for the second match in succession.

Having also gone 10 Premier League games without a clean sheet for the first time in over a decade, the home defence may well struggle to contain a visiting attack that has found the net in each of the last seven away games at an average of two goals per match.

Nevertheless, considering they have not failed to score in any of their 19 fixtures at Stamford Bridge themselves this season, odds of 10/11 (1.91) seem generous on Chelsea ensuring goals at both ends when they take on Claude Puel’s side.

Both teams to score at 10/11 (1.91) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power