Get ready for the Premier League meeting between Southampton and Chelsea with our in-depth match preview.
Chelsea vs Southampton
Tuesday 25th April, 7.45pm BST
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
A win on Tuesday night would keep Saints hot on the heels of West Bromwich Albion, who currently occupy eighth in the table.
Claude Puel’s men are currently four points behind the Baggies but have two games in hand, of which the trip to Stamford Bridge is one.
However, fresh from their FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham, Chelsea will also be keen to pick up all three points and further extend their advantage at the top of the table.
Southampton: Sam McQueen is set to miss the game, having suffered a minor groin injury. Oriol Romeu will be back in contention having served his two-match ban against West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City.
Chelsea: Gary Cahill is doubtful as he is still recovering from a virus, whilst Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso returned from injury and illness against Tottenham. David Luiz requires ongoing knee treatment whilst Cesar Azpilicueta has played with a broken hand in recent weeks, though neither have been sidelined.
Sam McQueen has a little problem with his groin and I think for the other players they are available for this game.Claude PUEL
Southampton’s previous five:
Manchester City (h) L 0-3
West Brom (a) W 0-1
Crystal Palace (h) W 3-1
AFC Bournemouth (h) D 0-0
Tottenham Hotspur (a) L 2-1
Chelsea’s previous five:
Tottenham Hotspur (n) W 4-2 (FA Cup)
Manchester United (a) L 2-0
AFC Bournemouth (a) W 1-3
Manchester City (h) W 2-1
Crystal Palace (h) L 1-2
Manolo Gabbiadini returned to play an hour against Manchester City in Saints’ last Premier League outing, so Claude Puel will be hopeful of seeing 90 minutes from the Italian on Tuesday. Elsewhere, Oriol Romeu has completed from his two-match suspension and is available for the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond (7)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (6), James Ward-Prowse (5)
Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is the man of the moment, having been voted the PFA Player of the Year on Sunday. The diminutive midfielder played a typically key role in the FA Cup semi final win over Tottenham, as did Eden Hazard who came off the bench to make the decisive contribution.
Top scorers: Diego Costa (18), Eden Hazard (15)
Most assists: Pedro (9), Cesc Fabregas (8)
Previous four meetings:
October 2016: Southampton 0-2 Chelsea (Hazard, Costa)
February 2016: Southampton 1-2 Chelsea (Long, Fabregas, Ivanovic)
October 2015: Chelsea 1-3 Southampton (Willian, Davis, Mané, Pellé)
March 2015: Chelsea 1-1 Southampton (Costa, Tadić)
DID YOU KNOW?
– Southampton have won three of their last four Premier League away matches – more than they had in their previous 12 games on the road.
– Chelsea haven’t lost three Premier League matches in the same month since October 2015 under Jose Mourinho.
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