CHELSEA v Southampton: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 3 October
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

Here we go again, it’s Saturday, Chelsea are playing so it must be lottery time – or at least that’s how it feels because we just don’t know what to expect this season.
To say we’ve had a rubbish start to this season is totally understating it but just to confuse us even more, we threw in the sort of performance against Arsenal that completely led us up the garden path, believing we’d turned the proverbial corner – only to come out against Newcastle last weekend like a Sunday league side who’d spent their pre-match warm up in the nearest bar.
So what’s in store at home against Southampton today is anyone’s guess.


MANAGER’S VIEWS
Ahead of today’s game, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says “I define this as the worst period in my career. It’s a fantastic experience, even though I don’t want to repeat it again.
Players know when they make mistakes. I don’t know what it’s like in your offices, but nobody seems to care about your mistakes,”

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman meanwhile, says “Normally they (Chelsea) will fight to win titles because it’s not like that one year they have really the best team and the next year is not like that. Everybody can have a difficult start to the season. Maybe defensively they lost a little bit. If you watch the goals that they let in against them, that’s a big difference from last year in that aspect. Maybe they lost a little bit but they are still very strong. We know maybe the start of the season is not what everybody expected of Chelsea.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, Courtois remains out long term and Diego Costa serves the last of his three-match suspension. Remy and Falcao will be battling it for Costa’s place and John Terry may well get a game after some prompting from our supporters midweek.
For Southampton Jordy Clasie (ankle) is back in training and should be available and Ryan Bertrand is set to start against us.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Baba Rahman, Matic, Fabregas, Ramires, Willian, Hazard, Remy.
SOUTHAMPTON (Possible line-up): Stekelenburg, Soares, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Wanyama, Mane, Davis, Tadic, Pelle.

LAST SEASON
Chelsea 1-1 Southampton (15th March 2015)

CURRENT FORM
CHELSEA: LWLLWD
SOUTHAMPTON: LDWDLW

OTHER STUFF
Southampton have only won one of the last 13 meetings
Chelsea are unbeaten in the last six home league meetings
Chelsea have conceded 14 goals in their seven Premier League games this season
Chelsea have conceded 18 goals in all competitions this season
Mourinho has never lost a Premier League game against Southampton
Southampton have drawn all three of their away league games this season.
Southampton are without a win in 10 away league games
Southampton have kept clean sheets in four of their six away games in all competitions this season.

PREDICTION
I give up, I really don’t know what Chelsea will do anymore!

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