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EPL Midweek: Chelsea ready to set sail for domestic double

Tue, Apr 25, 10:42am by Senior Writer

Fresh from booking a spot in the FA Cup final, Chelsea can take another step towards a domestic double when they host Southampton in mid-week Premier League action on Wednesday morning (AEDT).

Chelsea are currently four points clear of Tottenham on top of the table and are $1.12 to regain the title they lost won in 2014/15. A win against the Saints at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday would put Spurs under considerable pressure ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace on Thursday, with just six matches remaining in the season.

With Southampton safely ensconced mid table after a consistent season, there is little pressure on them at the moment and with a 3-0 home loss to Manchester City last week, there is a sense that their job is done for the season.

Chelsea are $1.44 favourites to win this match having lost just once to Southampton at home in 15 years. That was in October 2015, with Chelsea winning their first encounter this season at St Mary’s 2-0. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa scored the goals that day and are likely to return to the starting XI for this match along with Gary Cahill.

Southampton, who have Oriel Romeu available again, are $8 to cause a massive upset, while the draw is priced at $4.

Spurs are $1.62 when they travel across London to face Palace, but they will be wary with Palace coming off a 2-1 upset of Liverpool, last time out. That win edged the South London club seven points clear of the drop and seemingly destined for safety.

But they will be keen to get another big scalp and are currently priced at $5.50 to add Spurs to a list that already includes Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this month. The draw is at $4.

Arsenal‘s hopes of Champions League football in 2017-18 are drifting by the week and the Gunners face a tricky match at home hosting the League’s great enigma’s Leicester City.

The markets have Arsenal, who are seven points behind fourth placed Manchester City, at $1.60, despite having won just three of their past nine League matches.

They are coming off a significant FA Cup semi-final win over the weekend, but they haven’t put together back-to-back EPL wins since January.

Leicester’s post Ranieri revival appears to have stalled slightly, but the Foxes, who were game in their Champions League exit against Atletico, should safely stay up. They are six points from the drop zone and are $5 to win this one, with the draw at $4.50.

You have to go back to 1994 the last time Leicester beat Arsenal and to 1973 since they beat them at home.

The bottom two sides, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, meet on Thursday morning as well, but nothing short of a miracle with save either team, with Boro nine points from safety and Sunderland 12.

In what appears an academic exercise, Middlesbrough are $2.20 favourites, with Sunderland at $3.50 and the draw at $3.25. The draw looks a good option.

Friday morning sees the staging of an unusually timed Manchester Derby, but one with plenty of the line. Just one point separates City from United, with the fourth Champions League spot up for grabs.

City, being the home side, are $1.85 favourites, but United are in season’s best form having not lost in 10 matches and having not lost a League match since October.

United are $4.20 to repeat their success at this ground last season, while the draw is at $3.70.

Suggested Bet: Take a Chelsea win into a United win at $6.04  

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