Paul Merson delivers his prediction for Chelsea v Southampton

Paul Merson looks ahead to Chelsea's Premier League clash with Southampton on Tuesday night

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Paul Merson is tipping Chelsea to get their Premier League title bid back on track with a 3-1 victory over Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

The west London side head into the game on the back of their 4-2 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday as Antonio Conte’s men set up a final clash with Arsenal next month.

Chelsea are four points clear at the top of the Premier League table heading into this week’s round of games.

The Blues have been in stuttering form in the Premier League in recent weeks and have lost two of their last four games in the top flight to allow Tottenham back into the title race.

However, Arsenal legend Merson is fully expecting to see Chelsea claim the three points against Southampton on Tuesday night.

Merson wrote in his column for Sky Sports: “Last year, Southampton’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge was one of the downfalls of Jose Mourinho.

“I expect Chelsea to win this game and put severe pressure on Tottenham by going seven points clear again.

“Now they are back in a good place and after giving Eden Hazard and Diego Costa a bit of a rest I don’t see what happened last year happening again.”

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In the last couple of weeks Tottenham have played before Chelsea and I think they could have done with that being the case again. If they’d have been able to play Palace before and get the victory to be just one point behind, that’s a different kettle of fish.

Chelsea finished 10th and without a trophy last season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in December 2015.

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