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

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Antonio Conte
Chelsea FC manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screengrab

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.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Andy Murray opens the floodgates with news of impending retirement
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
The Sport Review
Bryan Robson sends message to Man United fans about Paul Pogba
The Sport Review
Jamie Carragher names one change at Man United under Ole Gunner Solskjaer
The Sport Review
Jesse Lingard urges 28-year-old to commit to Man United
The Grapevine
The Sport Review
Transfer round-up: Chelsea FC ‘on the brink’ of signing 24-year-old, Arsenal linked with 27-year-old