This Sunday. Chelsea are down on the south coast taking on Southampton, in a Premier League fixture.
Those fortunate to have tickets for the game will be hoping that Maurizio Sarri’s side can extend their unbeaten start, in all competitions, against the side currently managed by the former Chelsea favourite Mark Hughes.
However, it appears that one respected TV pundit believes this will be the game where Chelsea suffer their first defeat of the season.
Mark Lawrenson, in his weekly article in the BBC, is of the opinion that Chelsea will lose 2-1.
In trying to justify his outrageous suggestion Lawrenson remarks:
“I still think Maurizio Sarri’s side can look vulnerable, though, particularly away from home.
“I am not convinced by Antonio Rudiger or David Luiz at the back because they just strike me as a pair who might have one or two off days.”
Okay, perhaps he does have a point but surely those off days will come against a team of a higher calibre than Southampton, even more so when you consider another line uttered by the former Liverpool defender:
“Imagine the mess Southampton would be in if Danny Ings had not been scoring goals for them?”
So, is it a case of keep Ings quiet and all will be okay? A dangerous inference I feel, complacency is a dangerous enemy
But Lawrenson does have some words of praise for Chelsea, perhaps, being a former Liverpool player, spoken through gritted teeth:
“Chelsea have been doing much better, obviously. Their draw with Liverpool was a brilliant game to watch and the Blues played really well.”
Yes, they did and under Sarri the football is definitely sweeter on the eye.
But, elaborating on his prediction, Lawrenson finishes with:
“I know Saints have not won at home yet, and the Blues have not lost away but I think we will see that run of results reverse on Sunday, and I suspect Ings is going to play a big part.”
Go on Chelsea, make him eat his words.