In the first match of this preview Southampton host Chelsea at St.Mary's. The Saints are in excellent form and have only lost one game since their opening Europa League match and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League. Chelsea are in excellent form themselves and come into this match having dispatched United for 4 at Stamford Bridge.

Southampton vs Chelsea – Sunday 30th October 2016 – 16:00 - Sky Sports 1   

Southampton

Southampton welcome Chelsea to St.Mary's on Sunday afternoon, with both sides looking for another valuable three points.

Claude Puel's side come into this match on the back of a 1-0 win against Sunderland in the EFL cup and a 1-1 draw against Man City last weekend.

Club record signing Sofiane Boufal scored an excellent goal in the 66th minute, to give the Saints a hard-fought win against the struggling Black Cats.

It's a result that will have delighted Claude Puel, he made nine changes to the side that drew against Manchester City last weekend.

Saints In Excellent Form

Southampton come into this match in excellent recent form, despite winning only two matches in their last six.

They have had a series of tough fixtures and this is no exception, in the build up to the Sunderland game they faced Inter Milan and Manchester City.

Puel's side have been in excellent form, they have only lost the one match since their opening Europa League match.

The match against Sunderland was their first clean sheet in their first four matches, with Leicester the last side who failed to score against the Saints.

Saints Underdogs

Despite this excellent run of form Southampton are the underdogs in this fixture, with Chelsea in great form.

They will be looking to register their fourth win of the season, they will be looking to register back to back wins.

Their recent record against Chelsea is mixed, winning one, losing one and drawing two of their last four encounters.

Southampton are 19/10 with Charlie Austin at 11/2 to score first.

Southampton

Chelsea In Excellent Form

Chelsea travel to St.Mary's in great form, with three successive wins in the Premier League.

They lost their last fixture against West Ham 2-1, a result that manager Antonio Conte will be unhappy with.

The only negative outcome of the night was the crowd trouble that marred the match, it is a problem that is increasingly becoming the headline at the London Stadium.

Goals from Kouyate (11) and Fernandes (48) sent West Ham 2-0 up, with Gary Cahill (90+4) scoring his second goal in as many games with a consolation goal.

Chelsea Looking For Fourth Win

Chelsea will be targeting a fourth successive win in the Premier League, a record Antonio Conte will be delighted with.

Their last win against United in the Premier League was an excellent win for Conte, primarily because they have lost against other rivals in Arsenal and Liverpool.

United got off to the worst possible start when they went 1-0 down to a Pedro goal in the 1st minute after terrible defending from Blind and Smalling.

Another mistake allowed Gary Cahill to make it 2-0 (21), with Eden Hazard (62) and N'Golo Kanté (70) completing a miserable return to the Bridge for Mourinho.

Blues Favourites

Chelsea come into this match in excellent from and will be looking for their seventh win of the season.

This will be a tough fixture for the Blues, with Southampton in excellent form and holding home advantage.

Antonio Conte's side will be looking to maintain their overall record with 30 wins, 18 draws and 19 defeats in 67 matches.

Chelsea are 7/5 with Diego Costa at 4/1 to open the scoring.

 

The second match of this preview sees Stoke host Swansea at the Bet365 on the Monday Night Football. Stoke come into this match with renewed optimism having won their last two matches in the Premier League, having suffered an awful start. Swansea have yet to find form this season with new manager Bob Bradley yet to register a win but it could be third time lucky against Stoke.

Stoke vs Swansea – Monday 31st October 2016 – 20:00 - Sky Sports 1   

Stoke

Stoke welcome Swansea to the Bet365 on Monday evening, with both sides looking for another valuable three points.

Mark Hughes' side come into this match on the back of a 2-0 win against Hull last weekend.

In the match against Hull, a double from Xheridan Shaquiri X Shaqiri (26, 50) was enough to ensure another win for Mark Hughes' men.

It's a result that will have delighted Mark Hughes, after their tough start to the season they are now four games unbeaten.

Potters In Excellent Form

Stoke come into this match in excellent recent form, despite losing four matches already this season.

They have had a tough start but have found the going easier in recent fixtures, with wins against Hull City and Sunderland.

Hughes men have been in excellent form, despite a lack of goals in the early part of the season Joe Allen and Xheridan Shaqiri have stepped up in recent games.

They have managed to keep clean sheets for two consecutive games, another area they struggled in at the start of the season.

Potters Underdogs

Stoke come into this fixture as the favourites, with their recent upturn in form and home advantage favouring them with the bookies.

They will be looking to register their fourth win of the season, they will be looking to register three successive wins.

Their recent record against Swansea is mixed, winning one, losing one and drawing one of their last three encounters.

Stoke are 1/1 with Wilfried Bony and Marko Arnautovic at 9/2 to score first.

Stoke

Swansea In Poor Form

Swansea travel to the Bet365 in poor form, with no wins in their last six matches, with new manager Bob Bradley yet to win a match.

They drew their last fixture against Watford 0-0, a result that manager Bob Bradley was encouraged by and it was his first point as Swansea manager.

It was a largely frustrating afternoon for both sides, as Watford provided stubborn resistance and also had two penalties turned down.

Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had an excellent performance, denying Gylfi Sigurdsson as well as the woodwork denying the Swansea forward.

Swansea Looking For Win

Swansea will be targeting the first win of Bob Bradley's reign in the Premier League, at the third attempt.

They have only won one game this season and that was against Burnley away, this bodes well in this fixture but they will need to start winning.

Bradley's first match in charge was a thrilling 3-2 defeat away at Arsenal.

Two goals from Theo Walcott (26, 33) and a fine finish from Mesut Ozil (57) gave the home side a 3-1 lead.

The Swans refused to give up though, with Gylfi Sigurdsson (38) and González (66) ensuring the Gunners had a nervy finish.

Swans Underdogs

Swansea come into this match in poor from and will be looking to avoid their seventh defeat of the season.

This will be a tough fixture for the Swans, with Stoke in excellent form and holding home advantage.

Bob Bradley's side will be looking to maintain their overall record against Stoke with 7 wins, 4 draws and 5 defeats in 16 matches.

Swansea are 13/5 with Fernando Llorente & Gylfi Sigurdsson at 15/2 to open the scoring.

 

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Austin to score first @ 11/2 and Southampton to win 2-1 @ 9/1

Tip 2 – Arnautovic to score first @ 9/2 and Stoke to win 2-1 @ 15/2

 

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