Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Southampton v Chelsea FC
Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to secure a 2-0 win against Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to continue their impressive start to life under Thomas Tuchel with a win against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday lunchtime.
The Blues have won their last four Premier League games under the German head coach to hoist themselves above Liverpool FC and into the Champions League qualification spots.
Tuchel took over the reins of the west London side from Frank Lampard in January after the west London side dropped out of the top six in the Premier League table.
Although Chelsea FC were held to a goalless draw with Wolves in Tuchel’s first game in charge, the Stamford Bridge outfit have beaten Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United and Newcastle United in their last four Premier League games.
Southampton started December in the top four positions but the Saints have lost their last six Premier League games to leave the south coast club in 13th position in the table.
The Saints are 10 points above the relegation zone and the Saints have played one games less than 18th-placed Fulham.
BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to secure a straightforward win against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.
“Thomas Tuchel has made an excellent start as Chelsea manager,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“He has put together a nice little run of five straight wins in all competitions, and he has done it by, first and foremost, making them difficult to play against.
“With six successive league defeats, Southampton are at the opposite end of the form table. They have not turned into a bad side, but they will be short of confidence and it hard to see them ending that run this weekend.”
Chelsea FC have won their last five games against Southampton in the Premier League.
In fact, the Saints have only managed to win one of their last 11 meetings in all competitions.
Chelsea FC will take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash on Tuesday night.