Southampton’s winless streak in the Premier League is set to continue this weekend, according to pundits Paul Merson and Michael Owen.Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints travel to west London tomorrow to take on
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side, who are smarting from back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Juventus in the Premier League and Champions League respectively over the past week.
For Saints, this will be their seventh attempt at trying to win in the Premier League this season, after four draws and two defeats from their opening six games of the new top-flight campaign.
But going up against the European champions on their own turf, Merson and Owen do not think Southampton will be able to get a positive result against Tuchel’s Blues.
Indeed, they both echo the thoughts of former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, who has predicted a 3-0 win for Chelsea win in SW6.
Here’s what Merson and Owen have both said ahead of the game.
Southampton were beaten 1-0 by Wolves in their previous Premier League encounter, but they got a point against Manchester City in a 0-0 draw,” Merson wrote in the Mirror.”
The way they play, they are quite unpredictable and will cause Chelsea a lot of problems, but I fancy Chelsea to win this one.
“They are playing at home and will look to return to winning ways after two disappointing results in all competitions, I think they’ll win this 2-0.
“In the UEFA Champions League against Juventus, they played some good football but were dealt with a sucker punch with Federico Chiesa’s goal.
“Mason Mount is a massive player, they really miss him. Hopefully he’s fit and comes straight back into the team in the weeks ahead.”
Chelsea were disappointing against Man City. Thomas Tuchel prides himself on having his team organised and hard to beat but I felt they were a little too defensive against Man City and didn’t really lay a
glove on them,” the former Liverpool striker said in his weekly predictions feature for BetVictor.”Southampton would have been eyeing the win against Wolves last week, so to lose it must be a body blow.
They are still winless in the league, and just don’t create enough chances.
They’ve only scored four in the league and desperately need to address that.”The Saints have had some good results against the big teams this
season, with draws against City and United, but I don’t think they’ll get anything here. I reckon Chelsea will be too strong and will win this comfortably.”