Chelsea vs Southampton Predictions & Match Preview - Premier League Betting Tips

To win this League is hard.

Of course, they are not without capacity to cause problems for Chelsea, with former Napoli and Italy-striker Manolo Gabbiadini wasting no time to make an impact in England (6 goals in 6 games in all competitions since joining in January).

While Lloris acknowledged Chelsea now have renewed confidence they can hold off Tottenham's challenge in the final six games of the season, the France goalkeeper is convinced his club won't surrender without a fight.

Spurs hoped to gain a psychological boost at Wembley by extending their own excellent run of seven victories on the bounce, but instead Chelsea clinched a dramatic 4-2 win to book their place in the FA Cup final. City splashed out £144m. "It's normal (ity). It's right for them to do this, to reinforce their teams, if they think this is the right way to win the title". You've seen the past - every season, they spend a lot of money. Now sitting 9th position in the table can be considered a major performance from a club with a modest budget that also is forced to sell its best players at the end of every season.

Antonio Conte's side bounced back from a disappointing 2-0 lost at Manchester United by beating their title rivals in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Saturday.

"I will never understand this".

Conte stopped short of confirming he would restore both Hazard and Costa to his starting team on Tuesday, saying: "I have another day to decide best 11 - they are in good condition, good form".

"When you have to play this type of game, it is very important to try to find the best solution, to give the right balance in our squad to play these games in these few days". Maybe on paper our fixtures look more hard, but we have the belief we can win every game and it depends on ourselves.

"But, for us, this season is very important because we are trying to build something for the present, to put down the foundations, and be stronger for the future. Then we can congratulate everyone and try next season".

"The best team in the Premier League is the one with the most consistency and, for the moment, that is Chelsea", he said.

Hazard, 26, has been linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid this summer, while there has also been talk of Chelsea trying to tie down the Belgium worldwide to a new deal. But no one will stick an asterisk next to the triumph if Zinedine Zidane's men go on to win another European Cup.

Chelsea will face the Saints with midfielder N Golo Kante having been named the Professional Footballers Association player of the year on Sunday. "A real power in the future".

  • Julie Sanders