With relegation to the Championship still very likely, Southampton fans would almost certainly take Premier League safety ahead of success in the FA Cup, and they have just four games to climb out of the bottom three and overtake Swansea City, who are four points ahead.
Before they host Bournemouth next Saturday, the Saints have an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and they have the odds against them to reach the final, let alone win the trophy for the first time since 1976 – Tipbet rate them at 12.7 in their season bets to do so.
There is still a remote possibility of the underdogs replicating Wigan Athletic’s 2013 feat of winning the FA Cup in the same season that they were relegated from the Premier League, though to do so Mark Hughes’ squad will have to see off Chelsea and then the winner of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – the other semi-final.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were beaten finalists in last season’s competition and are looking to go one further this time around. They should have too much quality for Southampton on Sunday afternoon, though this remains their only hope for a successful end to the campaign, with finishing higher than fifth in the league – and qualifying for the Champions League – looking increasingly unlikely.
The Blues are five points behind Tottenham and if Antonio Conte is going to leave the club in the summer then claiming the FA Cup at Wembley on 19th May would be some way to bow out.
There are a huge 105 betting markets for this match at Tipbet, and all of them are available to view here. Given that there has to be a winner on Sunday, extra-time is 3.50 to take place – if this happens then each side will be entitled to use a fourth substitution. When it comes down to advancing to the final, Tipbet have Chelsea at 1.22 and Southampton at 3.90; should the underdogs progress then their confidence going into their remaining league games would surely be boosted.
The match winner markets point towards a Chelsea win – they are 1.50 to be leading at 90 minutes.