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Chelsea v Southampton predictions, betting tips & live stream: Blues heading back to FA Cup Final

Leigh Copson 16 Apr 2018
  • Chelsea v Southampton kicks off at 15:00 BST on Sunday, April 22
  • Get free predictions & betting tips for this FA Cup semi-final tie
  • Bet on & watch this match live online at Unibet > Live Streaming > FA Cup
Olivier Giroud of Chelsea (credit: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chelsea v Southampton predictions for the FA Cup semi-final tie on Sunday, April 22. Can last season’s beaten FA Cup finalists Chelsea book a return to Wembley Stadium next month, or will Southampton spring an upset to reach the final for the first time since 2003? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Bet on & watch Chelsea v Southampton live online at Unibet > Live Streaming > FA Cup from 15:00 BST on Sunday, April 22

Chelsea v Southampton Predictions

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If the clock is ticking down on the Antonio Conte era at Chelsea then the Italian will want to bow out with an FA Cup Final appearances next month, and standing between his team and a return to Wembley are a Southampton side that are facing the most important few weeks in the club’s recent history.

Not only are Saints just 90 minutes away from a first FA Cup Final appearance for 15 years, they will also be just only games away from a possible relegation from the Premier League when they head out onto the turf on Sunday afternoon. And if you are feeling a sense of déjà vu, that is because it was only five years ago that Wigan Athletic found themselves in a similar position. They did spring a major upset over Manchester City to lift the trophy at Wembley Stadium, but they were quickly brought back down to Earth by relegation and Southampton will not want to repeat that ‘feat’.

But of course, before Southampton can dream of FA Cup glory they must successfully negotiate this semi-final tie with Chelsea. Mark Hughes took the reins prior to the 2-0 win over Manchester City’s conquerors, Wigan, in the quarter-finals of this competition, and it has not been a smooth ride to the final four for the South Coast club who have been made to work for their wins over Fulham, Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan.

Now they face their toughest draw yet in the form of a Chelsea team that reached the final 12 months ago. The Blues fell to a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on that day, denying them a Premier League/FA Cup double, and despite their run to this season’s semi-finals it has been a disappointing second season for boss Conte and the general belief is that the former Italy and Juventus chief will be moving on this summer – could he collect one more piece of silverware before he goes?

These two teams have met very recently and it was Chelsea who ran out winners. However it was far from convincing. The Blues needed three goals in the final 20 minutes, with two of them coming from substitute Olivier Giroud, to overturn a 2-0 deficit and run out 3-2 winners, and they will be eager to ensure there is not similar drama when these two clubs lock horns again on Sunday.

The Blues have now won five straight competitive games against Southampton and they should make it six-in-a-row at Wembley Stadium, but I am expecting a very different game to the one we saw when these two clubs met at St Mary’s. I believe we will see a much more cautious approach from both sides due to what is at stake, and that could result in goals being at a premium. It would probably suit both teams too, because Saints have hardly been free-scoring and the Chelsea forwards have struggled badly in front of goal this season.

Chelsea will need a goalscorer to get the job done though and for me the man to back is Olivier Giroud. The former Arsenal man has hardly lit up Stamford Bridge since he signed in January, but his introduction in that recent Premier League clash with Southampton swung the game in Chelsea’s favour and he helped himself to a couple of goals. In fact, Giroud seems to have a healthy knack for scoring against Saints – the French striker netted in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw on the South Coast last December and he has now netted four goals in his last three meetings with them. He could make it four in five on Sunday.

Chelsea v Southampton Stats

  • Chelsea beat Southampton 3-2 when the two teams met earlier this month
  • Chelsea have won their last five competitive fixtures against Southampton
  • Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud has scored four goals in his last three meetings with Southampton

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