Wednesday evening’s game at Stamford Bridge sees third place Chelsea host a Southampton side looking to create distance between themselves and the bottom three.
The hosts go in to the game on the back of an impressive 4-0 victory at Stoke City on Saturday; however they remain seven points behind second place Manchester City, and a further seven behind leaders Manchester United.
John Terry is available after making his comeback from injury as a substitute at the weekend, while Gary Cahill could also feature, having missed Saturday’s win to attend the birth of his son. Demba Ba is set to continue upfront, and is favourite to open the scoring at odds of 4.0 (3/1), whilst Frank Lampard, who has four goals in his last five league games is a 7.0 (6/1) shot.
Chelsea are odds on for the victory, and are 1.25 (1/4) with most firms, with Southampton as highly priced as the 15.0 (14/1) offered by Bet 365, and the draw 6.5 (11/2) with the same firm.
The visitors are currently just two points above the relegation zone, but have lost just twice in their last eleven league games, winning at Aston Villa last time out.
Highly rated left-back Luke Shaw has a gashed knee and is likely to join Adam Lallana, Jose Fonte on the side-lines, whilst Emmanuel Mayuka is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Top scorer Rickie Lambert made it nine for the season with the winner at the weekend, and is 13.0 (12/1) to get the first goal of the game, whilst former Chelsea youth player Jack Cork is 17.0 (16/1) to score at any time.
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