Chelsea will host Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, and Paul Merson has backed the Blues to take all three points and extend the lead at the top to seven points.

“I see Chelsea winning the title now,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“If they’d have been beaten by Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final they’d have lost two big games on the trot and been heading into the game against Southampton low on confidence.

“Now they are back in a good place and after giving Eden Hazard and Diego Costa a bit of a rest I don’t see what happened last year happening again.

“Saturday’s team selection was a gamble for Antonio Conte but what he was saying was: ‘If I win the FA Cup it’s a bonus but I’m here to win the Premier League,’ and rightly so.

“It’s worked out perfectly for him as well because Hazard and Costa will be fresh.

“Last year, Southampton’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge was one of the downfalls of Jose Mourinho.

“I expect Chelsea to win this game and put severe pressure on Tottenham by going seven points clear again.”

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