The Saints are currently placed at 13th place in the standings whereas the Blues are in the 4th place.
The home side lost 2-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers and need a win to improve their form. However, the London side are looking to maintain their unbeaten run in the race for the top four.
Southampton vs Chelsea Preview:
The hosts need a win to uplift themselves after a string of defeats especially the 9-0 defeat to Manchester United. Danny Ings is in top form and has been a player who shows his worth against big teams.
However, the injuries and players getting suspended after picking red cards have been a great concern for Ralph Hasenhuttl.
In contrast to this, Thomas Tuchel is leading his young guns to revival and dreaming of a big finish in the top four of the Premier League. The scintillating form of Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi would be crucial for this matchup.
Out of 107 matches between the two sides, Chelsea have an upper hand in winning 46 matches and Southampton had won only 31. However, the rest 30 matches ended as draws. In the first leg at Stamford Bridge, the Saints savaged a 3-3 draw against Chelsea.
Southampton form : L W L L L L W W L W
Chelsea form : W W W W W D W L W W
Southampton vs Chelsea Team News:
Kyle Walker-Peters, Michael Obafemi, and midfielder Will Smallbone are among the players who won’t be available for this key fixture. 19-year-old midfielder Alex Jankewitz would be available for selection as his suspension is over.
Whereas, the Blues would be without their young striker Tammy Abraham. However, the return of Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva would provide a major boost for Thomas Tuchel.
Predicted Line-ups and Score:
Ralph Hasenhuttl might field a 4-4-2 formation spearheaded by Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond.
Thomas Tuchel might field his favorite formation of 3-4-3 with Olivier Giroud instead of Tammy Abraham.
We are predicting a comfortable win for the Blues as they are all fresh with energy. Danny Ings might score a consolation goal for the hosts. Our prediction is Southampton 1-3 Chelsea.
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