Southampton vs. Chelsea – PREVIEW

Southampton vs. Chelsea – PREVIEW

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RONALD KOEMAN

Guus Hiddink is looking for his side to continue their brilliant domestic form as Chelsea take on Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday (15:00 GMT KO).

The Blues have won their last two domestic fixtures 5-1, against Newcastle in the Premier League and Manchester City in the FA Cup.

The Saints however currently sit in sixth, just one point off European qualification, and are unbeaten in their last six.

Earlier this season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, then managed by Jose Mourinho, were stunned as goals from Steven Davis, Saido Mané and Graziano Pellé cancelled out Willian’s early freekick.

Last six games:

Southampton: WWWDWW

Chelsea: WDDWLW (includes two FA Cup games and one Champions League game).

 

Team News:

– Chelsea are still without captain John Terry due to a hamstring injury.

– Strikers Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao are both still out.

– Southampton remain without midfielder Victor Wanyama, who is suspended.

– Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos will not feature despite returning to training.

 

Statistics:

– Southampton are unbeaten in their last three league meetings with Chelsea (W1, D2) and have lost just two of the last seven clashes.

– However, the Blues have only lost one of their seven Premier League trips to St Mary’s (W4, D2).

– Ronald Koeman’s side have won their last four at home.

– The Blues have scored just 12 goals in their 12 league away fixtures this season.

– Diego Costa has scored seven goals in his last eight league games.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Southampton (away vs. Swansea City, won 0-1): Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Clasie, Romeu, Targett, Long, Pellé.

Chelsea (home vs. Newcastle United, won 5-1): Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro, Costa.