MATCH PREVIEW: Chelsea vs Southampton

By SFC Media time Fri 02 Oct Club

Get the lowdown ahead of Southampton's game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Southampton head to Stamford Bridge on Saturday teatime looking to build on their wins against MK Dons and Swansea City last week.

The win against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup lifted spirits at St Mary’s, before the 3-1 success against the Swans saw Saints pick up their second Barclays Premier League win of the campaign.

Chelsea will head into the game on the back of disappointment in the UEFA Champions League after José Mourinho’s side were beaten 2-1 by Porto in Portgual on Tuesday night.

The defending champions’ league form has not lived up to the standards of their success last season so far this campaign. The Blues currently have eight points from their opening seven games, with two wins to their name.

They were, like Saints, held to a 2-2 draw at Newcastle United in their last game, while they saw off Arsenal in their previous home game, beating Arsene Wenger’s side 2-0 at the Bridge.

Last season, both games between the two ended in 1-1 draws, with Sadio Mané scoring in the game at St Mary’s and Dušan Tadić’s penalty earning a point for Ronald Koeman’s side in the away game.

Ronald Koeman revealed on Thursday that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s game, with Jordy Clasie getting closer and closer to a first-team return.

For Chelsea, Diego Costa will serve the last of his three-game ban for violent conduct and Thibaut Courtois is out injured. Mourinho hinted after his side’s defeat in Portugal that changes could be made for the game against Saints.

Eden Hazard, much like the rest of the Chelsea team, has found the going tougher at the start of this campaign, but he will still possess a real threat to Saints on Saturday.

The Belgian, who scored in the game at St Mary’s last season and set up Diego Costa for the Blues’ goal in the game at Stamford Bridge, is yet to score a goal this season.

Mourinho opted to rest Hazard for the game against Porto on Tuesday night by dropping him to the bench in the hope he will be fresh for Saturday’s game at the Bridge.

Last season, Hazard scored 20 goals in his 53 appearances in all competitions as Mourinho’s men lifted the Premier League and the Capital One Cup.

Chelsea have scored in 32 consecutive home games in all competitions since a goalless draw with Norwich City in May 2014.

Southampton have conceded the fewest shots on target in the Premier League this term (17), while Chelsea have allowed the most (45).

Southampton have won 29 of the previous meetings between the two sides, with Chelsea prevailing on 38 occasions and the two sides drawing 28 times.

Chelsea have conceded five league goals from headers this season – the most in the Premier League. In contrast, Southampton have scored the most headed goals in the Premier League so far this season (4).

You can follow all the action from Saturday's game at Stamford Bridge via the club’s social media channels. We’ll have live updates on Twitter, goal updates on Facebook and a liveblog running on .

After the game, we’ll have reaction on, as well as .


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