Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Southampton vs Chelsea Premier League Jan 1, 2014

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Southampton vs Chelsea FC - 2013/2014 English Premier League, Round 20
St Marys Stadium, Southampton, United Kingdom will be hosting on 01.January.2014, an English Premier League (Round 20) match between Southampton and Chelsea FC. The match referee will be Martin Atkinson.
Southampton didn't stay among the top 4 for long, as it returned back to their respective point in the mid-table places. Jay Rodriguez, who has been in scintillating form of late, and an excellent defence have led the Saints to a comfortable 9th place. The Saints have been inconsistent in their matches against the top 8 teams-defeating Liverpool and drawing against Man U, Man City, and Newcastle while losing to Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Everton. But the majority of those games were on the road and having the home advantage here may be a massive difference maker to the result. Goals have been the norm in recent matchups between the 2 sides with 17 total in their last 4 games. This result shows that Chelsea has some advantage, but the game is not going to be easy for them. 
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Gazzaniga – Chambers, Yoshida, Jose Fonte, Shaw – Cork, Schneiderlin – Rodriguez, St. Davis, Lallana – Lambert.

Chelsea came back again with a win over Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday. So Chelsea now has an excelent record of 70 unbeaten games at home. Eden Hazard played well as usual, but Willian looked a man possessed as he could do no wrong, displaying why he carried such a heavy price tag in the transfer market. That should earn the Brazilian another start and Southampton will be wise to focus on the attacking wings as Chelsea's strikers offer little in the way of goals (though Eto'o did net the winner against Liverpool). Chelsea's players seemed to not have much confidence when playing away, but, only making wins over the lowly likes of: Sunderland, West Ham, and Norwich.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): P. Cech – Azpilicueta, Terry, David Luiz, A. Cole – Ramires, Lampard – Hazard, Oscar, Mata – F. Torres. 

Last Meeting: 01.12.2013, Chelsea - Southampton 3:1
Wins Southampton: 18 - Wins Chelsea: 28 - Draws: 16

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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