English Premier League: Chelsea vs Southampton: Match Preview
Chelsea will be hoping for some festive cheer at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when they welcome Southampton to west London.
The Blues have been a little up and down of late, with a disappointing derby defeat to West Ham followed by a comfortable victory on the road at Huddersfield.
That success has cemented Antonio Conte’s side inside the Premier League’s top four, but the defending champions have the chasing pack hot on their heels and know they need another positive result against the Saints in order to enter the Christmas period in buoyant mood.
Match Details :
Date : 16th October, 2017.
Time : 20:30 IST
Venue : Stamford Bridge
TV Broadcast : Star Sports Select 1/ HD 1 (India)
Live Streaming Link : www.Ronaldo7.net
It’s game day…
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 16, 2017
Team News :
David Luiz is expected to be absent yet again as he continues to struggle with a knee injury, but Alvaro Morata could come back in after sitting out a midweek win over Huddersfield with a back complaint.
Pedro and Willian both impressed in a 3-1 victory over the Terriers, but the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Cesc Fabregas will be pushing for recalls as Antonio Conte continues to rotate during a hectic period of the season.
Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu could both line up against their former employers, while Cedric Soares and Shane Long shook off slight knocks to figure against Leicester in midweek and Mauricio Pellegrino has no fresh injury or suspension concerns to contend with.
Potential Chelsea starting XI: .Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Morata.
Every session matters. 👊
Busy period ahead… pic.twitter.com/DUtQcqprgN
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 15, 2017
Potential Southampton starting XI: Forster; Stephens, Yoshida, Van Dijk, Bertrand; Romeu, Hojbjerg; Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond; Austin.