Southampton v CHELSEA: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium

Date: Saturday, 30 March,

Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

The first of two games this Bank Holiday weekend sees us up against Southampton in the league. Maybe not a game we’d usually be worried about, particularly since we’ve already beat them 5-1 in the FA Cup this year – but then that was before they fought back from 2-0 behind to take a point off us at Stamford Bridge in the same month.

They can also boast victories over Liverpool and Man City this season, so let’s hope the interim doesn’t put all his eggs in the FA Cup basket this weekend.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says “What is clear to me is that they are two very different moments for both Chelsea and Southampton.  It was useful for me more than anything to see Chelsea’s evolution in these last months, comparing them to the last games they have been playing.  Also it was useful for me to actually evaluate certain players that I had seen from afar and now have with me so it has been useful for me in that sense.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Southampton, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jos Hooiveld will all face late fitness tests. For Chelsea, Romeu (knee) remains out long-term, Gary Cahill (knee) and Ramires (thigh) will have late fitness tests.

TEAMS

SOUTHAMPTON (Possible line-up): Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Forren, Shaw; Cork, Schneiderlin; Rodriguez, Ramirez, Lallana; Lambert.

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand; Lampard, Ramires; Mata, Mikel, Moses; Torres.

LAST MEETING

Chelsea 2-2 Southampton (16th January 2013)

PREDICTION

It’s been a while since we’ve played, so I’m not really sure what to expect from this game to be honest. We’re so up and down under the interim, with some predictably poor displays interspersed with the odd blast from the past showing what we can be capable of.  We’re unbeaten in our last seven against Southampton in the league but then again, we’ve managed just one point from our last 3 away games. Add to that the fact we’ve got United on Monday and I just have a feeling we shouldn’t go into this afternoon’s game expecting anything more than a point.

One Response to “Southampton v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. If at all the two prominent strikers chelsea have are gonna be featured and hazard there with them, then am expecting 3:1 in favour of chelsea.