Southampton v Chelsea

Southampton came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in October.

Southampton came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in October.


Southampton are still without Victor Wanyama, who is serving the second match of a five-game suspension.

Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez are both back in training, although they will need a few weeks to build up their fitness after long-term injuries.

Chelsea captain John Terry is not yet ready to return from a hamstring injury, although he has not been ruled out of Tuesday’s game at Norwich.

Alexandre Pato will not feature as he is still building up his fitness.

Fellow striker Radamel Falcao remains injured.


Steve Wilson: “Chelsea’s major aims this season are clearly the Champions League and FA Cup, but they would dearly love to continue their sequence of 19 consecutive seasons finishing in the Premier League’s top six.

“To do that, they may have to overhaul Southampton, currently in that sixth spot having dropped only two points from the last six games and keeping clean sheets in every one.

“The last time the impressive Fraser Forster conceded a goal was to Diego Costa last March in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

“Costa, like Forster, is now back to his best with nine goals in the 12 games he has played since Guus Hiddink took over. It could be a fascinating duel between striker and goalkeeper on Saturday.”

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on Guus Hiddink’s influence on his career: “Guus Hiddink showed me when I was a player in PSV in detail what you need to play on a high level.

“I always had a good understanding with him. I am looking forward to seeing him on Saturday.”


Chelsea have improved under Guus Hiddink but they are still nowhere near the team they were in the first half of last season.

Hiddink has not lost a domestic game since he took over before Christmas, but extending that record will not be easy because Saints are not conceding goals and will be full of confidence.

Prediction: 1-1

Lawro’s full predictions v Nobby Butcher, aka Sacha Baron Cohen

Southampton haven't conceded a Premier League goal for 554 minutes.<!–



  • 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).


  • Southampton have won five of their last six league matches, drawing the other.
  • Ronald Koeman’s side are aiming for a fifth successive league victory at St Mary’s.
  • It is nine hours and 14 minutes since they last conceded a Premier League goal. If they keep out Chelsea, they will equal their top-flight record of seven games without conceding, set in 2001.
  • Saints have scored 11 headed goals this season, the most in the top flight.


  • Chelsea are unbeaten in 10 league matches (W4, D6).
  • Guus Hiddink has lost just one of his 22 Premier League matches in charge of Chelsea over two spells (W14, D7).
  • The Blues have scored just 12 goals in their 12 league away fixtures this season.
  • Diego Costa has got seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances.

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