Premier League: Chelsea held to home draw by Southampton


Chelsea's poor record at home under Rafael Benitez continued as Southampton fought back from 2-0 down to snatch an unlikely point at Staford Bridge. Demba Ba put the Blues ahead with a deflected shot and Eden Hazard added a second before the break. Rickie Lambert came off the bench in the second half and pulled one back for the Saints before Jason Puncheon levelled when he smashed home Luke Shaw's cross.

Chelsea have now won only one out of six games at Stamford Bridge under Benitez and, for the third consecutive home game, boos from the stands were heard at the final whistle. The result leaves Chelsea 13 points behind leaders Manchester United, with 16 games left. It was only the third time in 90 home matches in the Premier League that Chelsea had missed the win after holding a 2-0 half-time lead.

Chelsea were doing very well at the break, after taking the lead through Ba's finish from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross and doubling it when Hazard fired home after Ramires had struck the bar. But things changed when Saints' top scorer Lambert came off the bench in the second half. He needed just two minutes to make an impact as he headed home his 10th goal of the season. Chelsea had a chance to restore the two-goal lead but Ba missed the target. The Saints struck again when left back Shaw crossed into the are where Puncheon struck home.

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez said after the game: "We should have won. We didn't take our chances when we had them. We had situations where we could score. We didn't and they broke on a counter-attack. We gave them hope they could score and they did it. I was talking to the team at half-time, trying to say 'we have to score a third goal'. I think for us we cannot be happy drawing at home. I am disappointed."

Chelsea have another match at Stamford Bridge on January 20 when they face fellow London side Arsenal. Here are the odds for that match from Bet365:

Chelsea win - 4/5
Draw - 13/5
Arsenal win - 10/3

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