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Chelsea ended the year 2018 on a victory note as the Blues defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park last weekend.

Chelsea’s next opponent is a home fixture against struggling Southampton, and the Blues are expected to take all three points at the Bridge tonight.

BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen has predicted that Chelsea will win this game 2-1.

He said: “Chelsea were narrow but convincing winners at Selhurst Park on Sunday and I feel they will put behind their loss to Leicester in their last home game.

“The Saints made six changes to the side beaten at home by West Ham when Manchester City were the visitors and I was slightly surprised to see the inform Nathan Redmond left on the bench until the second half.

“By that time the Saints were 3-1 down – I expect the points to stay in the capital.”

Chelsea are 4th on the table, and the Blues will be hoping to get a victory and keep up pace with Tottenham who were two points ahead of Chelsea after last weekend’s round of games.

Chelsea have been struggling to score more than goals in a game since the end of October, and the Blues are the least scoring side in the top six.

With Alvaro Morata misfiring, and Olivier Giroud not too consistent, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has now started playing Eden Hazard as a false, and he has revealed that he will continue playing Hazard as a striker and won’t sign a new forward in January.

He said: “So I think that at the moment I don’t need another striker. Maybe another winger, because now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, of Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek.

“At the moment I have no option for the wingers.”

However, Hazard revealed last month that he prefers playing from the wing than as a striker.

Asked if he thinks he will score more regularly if he plays as a striker full-time, Hazard replied: “Yes, for sure. But I will score more goals also if I play as a winger… my position is winger.

“I feel better as a winger, but like

[against Watford]

I did well as a striker, against Brighton I did well as a sriker, so the manager chooses where to put me on the pitch and then I try to do my best.”

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