Southampton v CHELSEA: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Sunday 7th October 2018

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium

Kick-off: 14:15 BST

 

After a tougher game in Europe midweek than most of us expected, today’s game sees us make the trip to St Mary’s Stadium to take on Southampton.

We go into this game unbeaten under Sarri, although looked less convincing midweek than we’d have liked and have drawn our last 2 in the Premier League, so we can’t get too carried away with ourselves.

With only one win in their last 14 at home, Southampton might already have been written off for this one but they come into the game off the back of a win against Everton in the Carabao Cup – and whilst we won this fixture 2-3 last season, we’d do well to remember we went 2 goals down to start with. We also struggled in the league after our last Europa game, so any complacency amongst the ranks would be ill-founded.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Southampton manager Mark Hughes says “There was a lot of talk before I came here of a different atmosphere at home games; apprehension and fear of being a little bit rigid and wary of being over expansive. I think that’s gone.  We take the game to the opposition, whoever comes to our ground, and see where that takes us. Our home form is going to be a big factor in determining what sort of season we have but we’re more than capable of addressing that.

I think Chelsea will always be a (title) contender, you see the quality of their squad. The strength in depth they’ve got is comparable to all the other top teams. They will go close. They’ve got a new manager and it seems when Chelsea change management that initial season usually seems to be the one that they are very strong in. I feel, given what I’ve already seen, they will have a strong season and go very close.”

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri meanwhile, says This match we have changed eight players. In Greece I think only five, maybe, five or six. I hope we can do better than West Ham.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Southampton, Alex McCarthy, Ryan Bertrand, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Shane Long are all available.

For Chelsea Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho should all return to the starting line-up and Pedro made it through his return midweek, so is likely to be involved.

 

TEAMS

SOUTHAMPTON (Possible line-up): McCarthy; Soares, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand; Lemina, Hojbjerg; Elyounoussi, Ings, Redmond; Austin

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Kante, Hazard; Giroud

 

LAST SEASON

Southampton 2-3 Chelsea (14 April 2018)

 

CURRENT FORM (PL)

SOUTHAMPTON: LLWDLL

CHELSEA: WWWWDD

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Southampton have lost their last six matches against Chelsea in all competitions.
  • Southampton were beaten three times by Chelsea last season
  • Southampton’s only win in 11 competitive matches against Chelsea at St. Mary’s came in the Premier League in March 2013
  • Southampton have won only one of their last 14 home league fixtures dating back to last November
  • Southampton have won only three and lost eight of 15 league matches under Mark Hughes.
  • Southampton have failed to beat a top-half opponent in 30 attempts since April 2017
  • Chelsea have won nine and lost just one of their last 14 Premier League matches.
  • Chelsea have only conceded one away goal

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Southampton 2-1 Chelsea

Sky Sports: Southampton 1-3 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Southampton 1=2 Chelsea


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