Match Preview: Saints vs Chelsea

By SFC Media Sat 29 Oct Saints vs Chelsea

Get set for Southampton's showdown with Chelsea in the Premier League by checking out our in-depth match preview.

What’s at stake?

Two in-form teams go head-to-head at St Mary’s, with Southampton looking to make it six Premier League games unbeaten, while Chelsea are seeking a fourth consecutive win in the competition.

Saints are yet to be beaten at home this season, and will be desperate to protect the record, having lost narrowly to the Blues, 2-1, when the teams met on the south coast last term.

Chelsea start the weekend in fourth place, but just one point off top spot, and will be hoping they can climb at least a bit further.

Saints start the day in eighth, knowing a win would cut the gap to Chelsea to just three points.

Team news

Ryan Bertrand will be assessed ahead of kick-off to see if he can return from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him the last few weeks. Saints are definitely without Cédric, Matt Targett, Shane Long, Jake Hesketh, Jay Rodriguez and Alex McCarthy.

For Chelsea, defender Branislav Ivanović is fit again, after recovering from a dislocated shoulder. Midfielder Cesc Fàbregas, who scored when the teams met at St Mary’s last season, is definitely out with a thigh injury.

Form guide

Southampton’s last five:

Sunderland (h) W 1-0 (EFL Cup)
Manchester City (a) D 1-1
Internazionale (a) L 0-1 (Europa League)
Burnley (h) W 3-1
Leicester City (a) D 0-0

Chelsea’s last five:

West Ham (a) L 1-2 (EFL Cup)
Manchester United (h) W 4-0
Leicester City (h) W 3-0
Hull City (a) W 2-0
Arsenal (a) L 0-3

Top performers

Sofiane Boufal’s stunning goal in the EFL Cup win over Sunderland in midweek means there will be plenty of attention on him if he plays this Sunday. Nathan Redmond has bagged two goals in his last two Premier League outings, and will hope to continue his fine form.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (7), Nathan Redmond (3)
Most assists: Six players (1)

The Blues head to St Mary’s with plenty of firepower, having netted nine goals in the course of their last three Premier League fixtures. Diego Costa heads their scoring charts, but Eden Hazard, with two in his last two top-flight matches is also one to watch, as always.

Top scorers: Diego Costa (7), Eden Hazard (6)
Most assists: Nemanja Matic (5), Pedro (3), Cesc Fàbregas (3)

Previous meetings

All-time record:

Played:
 95
Southampton: 28
Draw: 28
Chelsea: 39

Shane Long nets for Southampton in the team's previous meeting with Chelsea

Last four meetings:

February 2016: Southampton 1-2 Chelsea (Long)
October 2015: Chelsea 1-3 Southampton (Davis, Mané, Pellè)
March 2015: Chelsea 1-1 Southampton (Tadić pen)
December 2014: Southampton 1-1 Chelsea (Mané)

Did you know?

Chelsea have lost just one of their last eight Premier League visits to Southampton, winning five and drawing two.

Southampton are unbeaten in nine Premier League games at home, since losing 2-1 to the Blues in February.

Only Liverpool, with 59, have more shots on target so far this season than Saints, who have managed 55.

Not at the game?

Tickets for the clash with Chelsea are sold out, and are only now available via the Ticket Exchange.

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