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? Chelsea vs. Southampton: Match Preview & Line-ups

Sun 06 October 2019 | 8:05

Southampton host Chelsea to the south coast as Frank Lampard’s side look to climb back into the Premier League top four.

Competition: ​Premier League 2019/20 season

​Venue: St Mary's Stadium

​Date: Sunday, 6 October 2019

​Time: 2 pm BST

Last season: Southampton 0 Chelsea 3

Referee: Paul Tierney

With both teams producing plenty of goals at both ends, Al Hain-Cole expects a high-scoring clash when Frank Lampard's men take on Hasenhuttl's Saints

Chelsea got a solid Premier League win last weekend, hosting Brighton 2-0. Jorginho scored from the spot, and then Willian added an insurance goal to seal the win. Then, in Champions League play, Tammy Abraham–who has been scoring quite a bit lately–added another goal to his tally, and Willian scored the goal that would hold up to place Chelsea back in the thick of the Group H race.

Southampton, on the other hand, lost 2-1 to Spurs to fall to 14th place, just two points from safety. Danny Ings managed to get the Saints level shortly after going up a man, but Harry Kane got the eventual game-winner just four minutes later, adding to what could be a relegation season.

Team News:

N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud, and Kurt Zouma returned to the squad for the trip to Lille, although Emerson Palmieri, Antonio Rudiger, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek remain sidelined.

Alex McCarthy and Cedric Soares are both injury doubts, while Moussa Djenepo is definitely ruled out.

Key Statistics:

-Southampton have won only two of their last 20 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W2 D6 L12) and are winless in the last seven (W0 D1 L6).

-Chelsea have won nine of their 12 away visits to St. Mary's Stadium against Southampton in all competitions (W9 D2 L1), including each of the last four in a row.

-Chelsea have scored at least once in each of their last 15 away games against Southampton in all competitions (33 goals in total), last failing to find the net in a 0-1 loss in December 1997.

-Southampton have won just one point at home in the Premier League so far this season, compared to six away from home - the smallest proportion of home points won so far this term (14 percent).

-Southampton have found the net in each of their last 17 home Premier League games, last having a long run in the top-flight between April 1980-December 1981 (31 games). However, Saints have only kept one clean sheet in the current run of 17.

-Only Watford (33) have conceded more Premier League away goals in 2019 than Chelsea (27). However, the Blues have won their last two on the road despite conceding twice each time.

-After English players had scored their first 11 Premier League goals this season, Chelsea's last three have been netted by a Frenchman, an Italian and a Brazilian.

Head-to-head Results:

Chelsea have won more Premier League games (eight) and scored more goals (22) than any other side against Southampton in the Premier League at St Mary’s.

In the Premier League, They have won eight, drawn two and lost just one of their 11 meetings at St Mary’s. Chelsea also won 5-1 there in the third round of the FA Cup in 2013.

The only defeat at that time was in March 2013 when Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert secured the points for the Saints. John Terry had equalized for the Blues.

Chelsea have scored at least one goal in each of their last 15 away games against Southampton in all competitions, last failing to find the net in December 2017.

Predicted Line-ups:

Chelsea XI:

Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Tomori, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Abraham, Mount

Southampton XI:

Gunn, Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Højbjerg, Bertrand, Boufal, Redmond, Ings


source: SportMob