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Southampton vs Chelsea
Sunday 6th October 2pm BST
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Edward Smart
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper
VAR: Michael Oliver
Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Southampton return to St Mary’s following a fortnight of mixed results on the road. Local rivals Portsmouth were emphatically dispatched with a 4-0 win at Fratton Park last Tuesday in the Carabao Cup, before the midweek ecstasy turned to disappointment as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at Tottenham back in the Premier League.
Chelsea come into the fixture on the back of three wins in three separate competitions, most recently returning from France with a 2-1 Champions League win in Lille.
Moussa Djenepo will still be unavailable, Ralph Hasenhüttl has confirmed, as the winger continues to recover from a persistent tendon problem. Also ruled out is Cédric, who limped out of last weekend’s warm-up at Tottenham and continues to struggle with a calf injury.
However, Ché Adams could make a return to the squad after sitting out the trip to the capital last time out.
Tottenham (a) L 1-2 (Ings)
Portsmouth (a) W 4-0 (Ings 2, Cédric, Redmond)
Bournemouth (h) L 1-3 (Ward-Prowse pen)
Sheff Utd (a) W 1-0 (Djenepo)
Man Utd (h) D 1-1 (Vestergaard)
Lille (a) W 2-1 (Abraham, Willian)
Brighton (h) W 2-0 (Jorginho pen, Willian)
Grimsby (h) W 7-1 (Batshuayi 2, Barkley, Pedro pen, Zouma, James, Hudson-Odoi)
Liverpool (h) L 1-2 (Kante)
Valencia (h) L 0-1
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “It’s a very strong opponent we are facing at the weekend. I know about our record against Chelsea at home; it is not the best one. So, it’s time to show that we can compete with such a team and compete means we should really be clinical in the final third.
“Against the ball, you can not defend every moment so they will have a few chances but we must do everything that we can to keep a clean sheet and try to win this game.”
Frank Lampard: “We’re expecting a tough match, (Ralph Hasenhüttl is) a very good manager with a well-organised team. They play in different formations so it’s hard to predict how they might come at you but they do come at you with a lot of pace in the way they want to work off the ball and they have quality players.
“It’s always a very difficult place to go so you have to be at it because there’s a lot of energy in their team and the crowd can get behind them if they play with the kind of intensity that they have been showing. We need to match that at least because we want to keep our momentum going.”
ONE TO WATCH
Danny Ings: The striker is enjoying a rich vein of form after netting three goals in his last two outings, including a brace against Portsmouth.
With competition to lead the line rife, Ings has thrown down the gauntlet in recent weeks with his tireless efforts off the ball being matched by a hot streak in front of goal. Tenaciously finding the back of the net last weekend against Tottenham, expect a confident display from Saints’s number nine.
Tammy Abraham: After 26 goals on loan at Aston Villa last season, Abraham has settled into life in the Premier League instantly with seven goals in as many appearances.
The 22-year-old added a further goal to his total tally in midweek, netting in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Lille in France for his first in European competition.
2019/20 club stats only, inclusive of all competitions.
Danny Ings 4
Moussa Djenepo 2
Nathan Redmond 2
Sofiane Boufal 2
Danny Ings 1
Kevin Danso 1
Tammy Abraham 8
Mason Mount 3
Cesar Azpilicueta 2
Marcos Alonso 1
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Chelsea 0-0 Southampton (Premier League)
Southampton 0-3 Chelsea (Premier League)
Chelsea 2-0 Southampton (FA Cup)
Southampton 2-3 Chelsea (Tadić, Bednarek) (Premier League)
Chelsea 1-0 Southampton (Premier League)
DID YOU KNOW?
– Chelsea featured in the inaugural competitive fixture at St Mary’s on August 25th 2001, running out 2-0 winners.
– Five of Danny Ings’s last six Premier League goals have come against ‘top six’ sides, including strikes against Liverpool and Tottenham this season.
– Only Watford (33) have conceded more Premier League away goals in 2019 than Chelsea (27).
– Southampton have scored in each of their last 17 Premier League home games.
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