The match is over.
Chelsea travel to Southampton this Sunday to face a struggling Saints side that have lost their last two games on the bounce.
Southampton are winless in their last two league games losing 2-1 away to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, meanwhile Chelsea bounced back from their loss to Liverpool by beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 on Saturday. The Blues have scored 13 times in their last five league games.
Southampton have found goals hard to come by so far this season, with Danny Ings their top goal scorer with just two to his name. Chelsea on the other hand have scored double the amount of goals as the Saints with 14 in their account. Tammy Abraham has scored seven times the same amount as the whole Southampton team combined.
Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Brighton last weekend was their first clean sheet of the season and they will be hoping to make it two in a row in this game.
The Blues have scored 10 times in their last four trips to St. Mary’s winning all four while conceding three times.
Head to Head
These sides last met at St Mary’s in the Premier League in October of last year and the match ended as a 3-0 win for the Blues. Chelsea have the better of the historical head to head winning 36 of the last 74 matches played in all competitions between the teams. The Saints have 19 of those ties while there have also been 19 draws during that period.
The match to end with a Chelsea win
Southampton will hope to turn around their two-game losing run; however, they face a side that they have a poor home record against. Moussa Djenepo is ruled out, while Alex McCarthy and Cedric Soares are slight doubts.
Chelsea need to keep picking up three points if they hope to cement their place in the top four, Coach Frank Lampard will have to do without Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Emerson, and Antonio Rudiger who are all ruled out trough injury. Meanwhile, Oliver Giroud, Kurt Zouma, and N’Golo Kante are all struggling with knocks and face late fitness tests ahead of this one.
Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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