Chelsea will look to bounce back from the 1-2 defeat to West Ham in the EFL Cup midweek when they travel to South coast to take on high-flying Southampton. After a string of poor performances, the Blues got their campaign back on track with three consecutive wins in the Premier League and will be desperate to extend it to keep pace with the league leaders.
On the other hand, Southampton will be looking to continue their impressive run this term. The Saints have lost only twice in this season. They have qualified in the quarterfinal of the EFL Cup with a win over Sunderland midweek and will also draw confidence from their 1-1 stalemate at Etihad last week.
Claude Puel is set to recall Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk, Steven Davis and Charlie Austin to the starting eleven after they were rested in the EFL Cup tie against Sunderland. Ryan Bertrand, who was struggling with a hamstring injury, is expected to return to the squad. However, Shane Long, who sustained a thigh injury during the 1-0 defeat against Inter Milan in Europa League, and is likely to miss out. Jay Rodriguez is also a doubt for the game after a clash of heads in the EFL tie this week.
Fraser Forster, Cuco Martina, Jose Fonte, Virgil van Dijk, Sam McQueen, Jordy Clasie, Oriol Romeu, Steven Davis, Dusan Tadic, Nathan Redmond, Charlie Austin
John Terry, who was out of the action for over a month after injuring his ankle in the 2-2 draw at Swansea, is expected to return to the bench. The veteran defender started in the EFL Cup tie against the Hammers but Antonio Conte is expected to retain the lineup that registered a 4-0 over Manchester United last week. Branislav Ivanovic is available and Kurt Zouma is regaining full fitness from his long-term knee injury, but midfielder Cesc Fabregas remains out with a thigh injury.
Thibaut Courtois, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Ceasar Azpilicueta, Nemanja Matic, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Diego Costa, Willian
- The Saints are unbeaten their last five league games.
- Southampton has won just two of their last 14 top-flight games against the Blues.
- The visitors have lost just once in their last eight visits to Southampton in the league.
- Southampton is unbeaten in nine league games at home which started after the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in February last season.
- Chelsea has not won four consecutive games in the league since April 2015 when they were on their way to winning the title.
- Only Liverpool (59) have had more shots on target this season than Southampton (55).
Betting odds: (via Sky Bet)
Southampton win: 21/10
Chelsea win: 13/10
Southampton 1-1 Chelsea