Michael Owen is backing Eden Hazard to get on the score sheet in Chelsea’s home clash against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
The Belgium international has been in fine form in the Premier League over the past few months following his return from a broken ankle.
Hazard has scored three goals and made two assists in his last 10 games in all competitions to help Chelsea reach the Champions League last 16.
The 26-year-old forward scored both home and away against Southampton in the Premier League last season to help Chelsea win the Premier League title.
Former Liverpool striker Owen is backing Hazard to get on the score sheet against the Saints at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
“Southampton were well-beaten at home to Leicester midweek and things are likely to get worse for the Saints at Stamford Bridge at the weekend,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Eden Hazard has been involved in seven goals in 10 starts against Southampton and it will be interesting to see if Antonio Conte again plays without a recognised striker if Alvaro Morata fails to recover from his back injury in time.”
Hazard has proven to be a key player in Chelsea’s title-winning seasons under Jose Mourinho and then Antonio Conte after he scored a combined 30 times in 2014-15 and 2016-17.
The Chelsea number 10 won the PFA player of the year in 2015 having inspired the west London side to their third Premier League title under Portuguese coach Mourinho.
Conte signed six players in the summer transfer window to improve his squad ahead of Chelsea’s return to the Champions League.
The Blues are 14 points behind current leaders Manchester City.