Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Southampton v Chelsea FC
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Chelsea FC's Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Chelsea FC to drop yet more Premier League points and play out a 1-1 draw with Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Blues have struggled to produce consistent form in the top flight in recent weeks and were pegged back and held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by West Ham United at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
That result left Chelsea FC in fifth place in the Premier League table and 10 points behind fourth-placed Spurs, meaning that finishing in the top four this season is looking unlikely for the west London side.
Chelsea FC look set to have to settle for a place in the Europa League for next season after what has been a disappointing second campaign in charge for Antonio Conte.
And former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is tipping the Blues to drop yet more points when they travel to St Mary’s in the early kick-off on Saturday lunchtime.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “These two teams meet again in a few days in the FA Cup semi-finals, so it will interesting to see how Chelsea approach this game – some of their players are almost winding themselves down in the league now.
“Saints cannot do that, of course, because they really need a win. I am not sure they will get it.”
Chelsea FC won the Premier League title in style in Conte’s first campaign in charge last season, but the Blues did not have the distraction of European football.
The west London side will take on Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finals later this month.