Chelsea vs Southampton Match Preview
Chelsea returns their focus to the Premier League this week when they host Southampton.
The win over league rivals Tottenham in the FA Cup will have given them a confidence boost in the title race however they are just four points clear at the top. A defeat at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday could cause panic in west London.
Chelsea must turn their attentions back to the league on Tuesday night – with celebrations expected at Stamford Bridge for newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year N’Golo Kante – while Southampton’s season meanders towards a mid-table finish.
Claude Puel’s side will be no pushovers having narrowly missed out to Manchester United in the EFL Cup Final earlier this season, but Conte will be hoping the Saints have one eye on the beach as Chelsea look to go seven points clear at the top of the table.
Chelsea: Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has returned to training after gastroenteritis and could be involved against Southampton on Tuesday.Head coach Antonio Conte is likely to recall Diego Costa and Eden Hazard after leaving them out for the FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham.
Southampton: Southampton midfielder Oriel Romeu is available to face his former side after completing a two-match ban. Sam McQueen is set to miss the fixture because of a minor groin strain.Long-term absentees Matt Targett and Charlie Austin will return to training later this week.
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte: “I have in my mind the starting 11 but tomorrow I want to check very well the physical consideration of every single player as our last game was an intense one and used energy.
“But we have trained very well this season and we have a lot of energy to face this type of situation.
“It is important for us to win and look at ourselves, but we all know that tomorrow it won’t be easy because Southampton is a very good team with a good coach and good players.”
Southampton manager Claude Puel on the importance of Oriol Romeu: “I think he’s not far off [N’Golo] Kante. He recovers the ball so well and is a technical player.
“He’s an important player for this team because he can do fantastic work to recover the ball and start the play. It’s difficult for us without him.
“We will see for the future, we are confident in him and, for me, he can look to getting in the selection with Spain, for example.”
Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Ake, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Costa
Southampton starting XI: Forster, Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Gabbiadini
Date: 25th April 2017, Tuesday
Time: 19:45 GMT, 00:15 IST (Wednesday)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
TV Broadcast: Sky Sports HD 1(UK), Star Sports Select HD 1(India)
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Head to Head
- Total Matches Played: 98
- Chelsea won: 40
- Southampton won: 30
- Matches Drawn: 28