Saints earn a point at Chelsea

Stamford Bridge | Wed 02 Jan 7.45PM | Attendance: 40,668
Match Report Highlights

CHE vs Saints
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CHE vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints earn goalless draw at Chelsea in the Premier League
  • Morata has the ball in the net for the hosts only to be flagged offside
  • Armstrong and Romeu denied by Kepa in second half
  • Eight changes for Hasenhüttl, including a Premier League debut for goalkeeper Gunn
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SAINTS POLL: Who will be our key man tonight, Saints fans?
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SAINTS POLL: Who will be our key man tonight, Saints fans?

The results so far:

  • Angus Gunn
    26%
  • Oriol Romeu
    4%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    9%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    21%
  • Nathan Redmond
    18%
  • Danny Ings
    22%
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SAINTS POLL: From the players brought into the team against Man City, who would you like to see keep their place tonight?
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SAINTS POLL: From the players brought into the team against Man City, who would you like to see keep their place tonight?

The results so far:

  • Kayne Ramsay
    11%
  • Jack Stephens
    13%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    58%
  • Mohamed Elyounoussi
    9%
  • Charlie Austin
    9%
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Which member of the current squad scored in Saints' last win at Stamford Bridge?
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Which member of the current squad scored in Saints' last win at Stamford Bridge?

The results so far:

  • Ryan Bertrand
    11%
  • Steven Davis
    68%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    7%
  • Nathan Redmond
    4%
  • Shane Long
    4%
  • Charlie Austin
    7%

FULL TIME: Chelsea 0-0 Southampton

It's all over at Stamford Bridge, where Saints have held on to secure a potentially crucial point. Angus Gunn was outstanding on his Premier League debut, albeit the hosts will feel they should have tested the youngster more extensively. Saints improved as an attacking threat in the second half, but couldn't break the deadlock. A valuable point! 👏

+4’

Southampton substitution: Jack Stephens replaces Nathan Redmond

Saints have a corner to defend, so on comes Stephens to try to help see out the remaining seconds.

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+3’

Alonso goes for goal again

This time he hits the target, but Gunn gets down quickly and crucially holds on to the ball with blue shirts closing in.

+2’

Alonso goes down...

The Spaniard wants a penalty for an alleged push in the back from Long, but referee Moss is having none of it. That's a BIG relief.

+1’

4️⃣ added minutes...

We're into stoppage time, as Alonso drills a hopeful shot over the bar from long range.

88’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Stuart Armstrong

A late change for Saints, as Austin replaces Armstrong. Can Chaz nick a goal here?

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87’

Brilliant tackle from Yoshida 👏

Chelsea are pushing now, as Kanté breaks into the box, but Yoshida comes across and slides in to dispossess the Frenchman. He had to get that right and he did. Great defending.

85’

Cédric receiving treatment

The defender finds himself Saints' furthest forward player, but collides with Kepa in trying to beat him to the ball. The home fans aren't appreciating the break in play as he hobbles off.

81’

The Saints fans enjoyed that...

Chelsea try to play their way out of trouble, but Loftus-Cheek's attempted flick doesn't come off and the ball rolls out for a Saints throw-in. Ironic cheers from the away end.

79’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Romeu brings down Hazard and goes into the book.

78’

Gunn to the rescue 💪

For once Saints are wide open and Chelsea launch a quick counter-attack through Loftus Cheek, who feeds Morata, but the striker's touch takes him a little wide and he's stretching on his left foot, which leads to a tame shot dealt with by Gunn.

Into the final 1️⃣5️⃣ minutes...

It's been an evenly contested second half - can anyone make the breakthrough?

72’

Crucial touch from Yoshida

Morata has his sights set on a goal now. Kanté looks to put him through this time, but Yoshida stretches out a leg and gets the slightest touch to carry the ball through to Gunn.

71’

Chelsea score 😨 but the flag is up 😅

Fàbregas's first act is to slide the ball through for Morata to finally beat Gunn, but the flag is up to deny the striker, and deadlock is quickly restored.

68’

Chelsea substitution: Cesc Fàbregas replaces Ross Barkley

Second change for Chelsea, as manager Sarri calls on the passing ability of Fàbregas.

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67’

More pressure from Saints...

The visitors have posed much more attacking threat since half time. Ward-Prowse fizzes in a corner uncomfortably punched clear by Kepa, before his second delivery is headed to safety by Rüdiger.

65’

Jorginho goes for goal

So often the playmaker from deep, Jorginho for once breaks forward and tries his luck from distance, His shot is cleanly struck but easily caught by Gunn.

64’

Ward-Prowse hits the wall ❌

That was a free-kick in prime position for set-piece specialist Ward-Prowse, but the midfielder can only fire it into the Chelsea wall.

62’

Romeu tests Kepa

Best spell of the game for Saints, as the travelling fans really find their voice. A loose ball drops to Romeu in the box, who catches it sweetly on the half-volley, but it's too close to Kepa who stoops to save.

61’

Long tries his luck

Sloppy from Azpilicueta, who doesn't make many mistakes but this time passes straight to Ward-Prowse, who instantly finds Long. Space opens up ahead of the Irishman, who can't resist shooting from 25 yards, but it sails harmlessly over.

59’

Gunn keeps Hazard at bay

First glimpse we've seen of Chelsea's star man in the second half, as Hazard skips inside from the left and shoots towards the near post, but Gunn is there to push the ball behind to safety and Saints clear the corner.

58’

A fast bowler's run-up for Luiz...

The Brazilian lines up a free-kick in shooting territory, but after a big build-up he smacks it into the wall. It looked (and sounded) painful, but Saints won't mind.

55’

More frustration for Chelsea

Barkley waits for the run of Hazard on his outside, but leaves the pass too late and the recipient is flagged offside. More groans from the home fans...

51’

Armstrong involved again...

This time the Scot combines with Long on the touchline and gets beyond Rüdiger, but across comes Luiz to backheel his way out of trouble, much to the joy of the majority inside Stamford Bridge.

47’

Armstrong goes close!

That's Saints' best moment of the game. Armstrong tries his luck from 20 yards with a shot that bounces awkwardly in front of Kepa, but the keeper is there to push it wide. Positive start to the second half! 💪

46’

The second half is under way...

We're back into the action at Stamford Bridge!

HT

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Danny Ings

It's a half-time change for Saints, as Ings is sacrificed and Long comes on to lead the attack.

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HALF TIME: Chelsea 0-0 Southampton

Saints have contained their hosts with relative ease here, with Chelsea struggling to create meaningful opportunities. Premier League debutant Angus Gunn was called upon to deny Eden Hazard on the only occasion the Belgian has found space to shoot, before Yan Valery slid in to deflect Alvaro Morata's low effort wide of the post. The plan is working so far for Ralph Hasenhüttl and co.

45’

2️⃣ added minutes...

We're into first-half stoppage time in west London.

45’

Valery on the attack

Yoshida clips a lovely ball out to Valery wide on the right, who doesn't hesitate in taking on Alonso and beating him, but his low cross is cleared before it can reach Ings. Encouraging signs.

43’

Alonso shoots wide

Saints clear a corner only as far as Alonso, who drills a low effort wide from the edge of the box. It takes a deflection on its way through, but no danger from the resulting corner.

40’

Morata goes close...

That was close 😬 Barkley pokes the ball through for Morata, who looks to place one inside the far post. As Valery gets across to block, he diverts the ball towards the near post instead and the ball brushes the side-netting on its way wide.

38’

Early impact from the substitute

Loftus-Cheek gets straight into the action with a jinking run down the right. He loses possession, but it does get the crowd excited, as they chant his name. 

37’

Chelsea substitution: Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Willian Borges Da Silva

That's the end of Willian's evening, as he hobbles off to be replaced by England man Loftus-Cheek.

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37’

Time for drinks 🥤

There's a break in play as Willian receives treatment, and it seems the Brazilian is unable to continue. Saints take the opportunity to have a little team debrief and a breather.

35’

Crucial save from Gunn!

That's the first big chance of the game, as Rüdiger's ball over the top catches Saints off guard and Hazard latches on to it. The ball sits up for the Belgian on his left foot, but Gunn stands tall and beats away his driven shot. That's why Saints must stay alert.

31’

Yellow Card for Jan Bednarek (Southampton)

The Pole is the first man into the book for sliding in on Morata. Referee Jon Moss allows the Chelsea attack to continue before going back to card the defender.

30’

It's all so quiet 🤫

Stamford Bridge is virtually silent, such is the lack of impetus from the home team so far. Saints are growing in belief, but must stay switched on defensively...

25’

Vital block from Yoshida! ⛔️

Chelsea suddenly come to life as Willian races away down the right, cuts inside and lets fly, but Yoshida throws himself in the way and Gunn doesn't have to make a save. Great defending 👏

21’

2️⃣0️⃣ minutes gone...

So far so good for Saints, who have restricted Chelsea to plenty of possession but no real end product as yet. The visitors are growing in confidence and carrying an increasing threat themselves.

16’

Ings heads over

Better from Saints, who work the ball out to Cédric wide on the left. His cross picks out Ings near the penalty spot, whose header is only a couple of yards over.

14’

Gunn races out

Chelsea try to release Hazard through the middle, but Gunn is quick off his line and clears the ball away from the Belgian.

13’

Gunn denies Morata

First meaningful save for the Saints stopper, as Azpilicueta clips the ball in behind the defence for Morata, but Gunn gets down sharply to his right to deny the Spaniard's header.

11’

Ward-Prowse fires over

After Vestergaard's ball over the top is headed clear by keeper Kepa, Saints rebuild with their first spell of sustained possession, before Ward-Prowse shoots over from distance.

8’

Free-kick to Chelsea...

Still no shots at either end, but there could be one incoming as Chelsea are awarded a free-kick 25 yards out after Armstrong leans into Willian. Alonso strikes the top of the wall, but it goes behind for a corner.

4’

First action for Gunn

The young goalkeeper has to be alert as Hazard looks to slice open the Saints defence with a low pass towards Willian, but out comes Gunn to push the ball away from the onrushing Brazilian.

2’

Early possession for the hosts

Chelsea have dominated the early possession, but the Blues are yet to threaten in the final third. Valery heads clear a diagonal pass aimed at Hazard - the young Frenchman needs to be on his toes this evening!

0’

We're up and running!

Chelsea have kicked off and we're straight into the action at Stamford Bridge. Come on, Saints!

The teams are ready!

Both sets of players are exchanging high fives, while the managers shake hands on the touchline. We're ready to go at Stamford Bridge!

19.43

Game face 🔛

With 27% of the vote, you chose Angus Gunn as your key man for Saints tonight. Big performance needed from the Premier League debutant! 👊

19.40

we have got to have belief in this match, bearing in mind they are a great team. they are doing very well but we feel comfortable that we have also improved our game.

oriol romeu
southampton midfielder
19.37

Time to get warm 🔥

The players have been out on the Stamford Bridge pitch going through their pre-match warm-up. We're less than 2️⃣0️⃣ minutes away from kick-off! ⏳

19.27

What should we expect from Chelsea?

Simon Johnson from the London Evening Standard gives his expert opinion on tonight's hosts. Is it a good time for Saints to go to Stamford Bridge? Check out the Inside Track.

19.24

You've got your wish, Saints fans!

58% of you voted for James Ward-Prowse to keep his place in the team and Ralph Hasenhüttl has obliged! The midfielder is one of just three survivors from the Man City game on Sunday, along with Jan Bednarek and Oriol Romeu, who captains the side against his former club. It's a much-changed line-up!

18.59

Chelsea team confirmed 🔵

Starting XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rüdiger, Alonso, Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley, Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Emerson, Ampadu, Fàbregas, Loftus-Cheek.

18.53

It's a Premier League debut for this man!

Ralph Hasenhüttl has made no fewer than 8️⃣ changes for tonight's game, including in goal, where Angus Gunn replaces Alex McCarthy. It's a Premier League debut for the 22-year-old!

18.51

Saints team confirmed 👊

Starting XI: Gunn, Valery, Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Cédric, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Armstrong, Redmond, Ings.

Subs: McCarthy, Stephens, Ramsay, Slattery, Elyounoussi, Long, Austin.

18.45

Saints are here! 😇

Our cameras were on hand to capture the Saints players checking out tonight's surroundings... we'll have team news from Stamford Bridge in only five minutes' time!

18.41

How to stop this man...

Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe gives his insight on how Saints can hope to limit the influence of Chelsea's star man, and assesses how the hosts can be exploited. It's all in this week's Tactical Watch.

18.31

The answer is...

...Steven Davis! Well done Saints fans, the majority of you correctly picked the Northern Irishman as the man on the scoresheet in our last win at Stamford Bridge. Sadio Mané and Graziano Pellè were also on target in a memorable victory 😎

18.09

Get clued up before kick-off! 🤓

Check out our Match Pack for all the team news, manager comments, facts and stats as we continue the countdown to kick-off! ⏳

17.40

we have a few fresh players back on the pitch and that's important. in some moments you can see what we want, but there's a lot of work to do.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
17.19

Hasenhüttl previews Chelsea trip 

Check out our pre-match interview with the boss, as Ralph Hasenhüttl outlined his plans to get 2019 off to a winning start...

17.16

It's matchday at Stamford Bridge! 😇

For the first time in 2019... it's matchday! Saints are in action against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with three Premier League points up for grabs. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, live match updates and free commentary! Let's get the new year off to a positive start 💪

17.13

CHE vs Saints Line Ups

Chelsea

1
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)
2
Antonio Rüdiger
3
Marcos Alonso
30
David Luiz
28
César Azpilicueta (C)
7
N'Golo Kanté
5
Jorginho
8
Ross Barkley
Cesc Fàbregas (68′)
22
Willian
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (37′)
29
Álvaro Morata
10
Eden Hazard
13
Willy Caballero
44
Ethan Ampadu
4
Cesc Fàbregas
33
Emerson
12
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
21
Davide Zappacosta
27
Andreas Christensen

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
2
Cédric Soares
43
Yan Valery
4
Jannik Vestergaard
3
Maya Yoshida
35
Jan Bednarek
16
James Ward-Prowse
22
Nathan Redmond
Jack Stephens (95′)
17
Stuart Armstrong
Charlie Austin (89′)
14
Oriol Romeu (C)
9
Danny Ings
Shane Long (45′)
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
1
Alex McCarthy
10
Charlie Austin
5
Jack Stephens
55
Callum Slattery
7
Shane Long
66
Kayne Ramsay

CHE vs Saints Match Stats

Chelsea

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    72
    28
  • Shots
    17
    6
  • Shots on target
    6
    2
  • Corners
    7
    2
  • Passes Complete
    634
    195

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Stuart  Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong
Chances Created
1
Cédric
Cédric
Passes Completed
33
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Tackles
4
Yan Valery
Yan Valery
Clearances
11
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
6
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn