Southampton vs Chelsea EPL Picks 12/26/2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Mason Mount and Chelsea (10-2-6, 4th in EPL) play Southampton (5-3-10, 17th in EPL) at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, December 26, 2019. The expected starting goalies are Angus Gunn for Southampton and Kepa Arrizabalaga for Chelsea. Southampton are at at +921 while the Pensioners are at -324. The total is set at 3.25.
Southampton comes into this matchup with a record of 5 victories, 3 draws, and 10 losses which is good for 17th in EPL. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 21 goals which is good for 11th in the EPL. Their goal differential is -16, which is good for 18th in the EPL. in respect to shots on target, they have compiled a total of 79 which is good for 7th in the EPL. As a group, Southampton has collected a total of 208 fouls which has them averaging 11.6 fouls per contest. They have compiled a total of 18 points for the 2019 season and they have an average attendance of 29,335.
James Ward-Prowse is one of the players to watch for the Saints. The midfielder from England has appeared in 211 games in the time he's played soccer and has totaled 12,292 mins. During that time, the 24-year-old has netted 21 goals and has assisted on 21 goals. Over the course of his career he has an average of 58.3 mins per appearance. Ward-Prowse has been a starter in 131 games and has committed 154 fouls during that period. When looking at shots on target, Ward-Prowse has connected on 90 which places him at 117th out of all players still active and 54th among midfielders. Danny Ings is another player to keep an eye on for the team from Southampton. The 27-year-old from England has connected on 66 goals over the course of his career which ranks him 39th out of all players still active in the EPL. He has played a total of 14,515 mins over the course of his career which ranks him 35th among active forwards and has an average of 70.8 minutes per game which ranks him 175th in the EPL. In the time he's played pro soccer, he has earned 204 shots on target which ranks him 25th among active forwards.
Protecting the net for the Saints is Angus Gunn from England. He has racked up 6,120 minutes defending the goal over the course of his career. Gunn has conceded 1.51 goals per 90 minutes which has him ranking 26th out of all active goalies in the Premier League. During his time playing professional soccer, he has surrendered 103 goals. He has a career save % of .664 which has him ranking 25th out of all active professional goalies.
Chelsea is the team standing on the sideline and for the 2019 season they sit with 10 wins, 2 draws, and 6 losses. With regard to goal differential, they are ranked 4th in the EPL with +8. They currently have a total of 33 goals for this season. Chelsea has a save % as a team of .569 which currently has them ranked 20th in the EPL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have an average attendance of 40,557 putting them at 9th in the EPL.
One of the hardest players to defend for the Blues is Mason Mount. The 20 year-old has driven 22 balls past the goalkeeper in his career. He is sitting at 79th among active midfielders in assists with 13 and has 66 shots on target. He has played a total of 6,718 minutes and holds an average of 81.9 minutes per game. Another good player on this team is Tammy Abraham. The forward from England has tallied 64 goals in his professional soccer career which places him at 28th among active forwards. He also has racked up 102 fouls.
In net for the Blues is Kepa Arrizabalaga who has played well in his career by allowing only 1.18 goals per 90 mins and that ranks him 13th in professional soccer. In the 14,795 minutes he has been on the field as a goaltender in his career, he has surrendered 194 goals. He holds a career save percentage of .706 which has him sitting 18th out of active goalies in professional soccer.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Southampton (+921)
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