Southampton are hoping to continue their good run of form when they host Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea have turned their fortune around since the exit of the Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho, and have since lost only one game to PSG. The Blues will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten Premier League record under the wings of the experienced Dutchman.
Ronald Koeman’s side is the inform team in the league alongside Tottenham since the beginning of 2016 and will go into this game as slight favourites after remaining unbeaten in their last 6 league matches.
Southampton vs Chelsea: Form Comparison
Southampton are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches and have kept a clean sheet in each of them. The Saints have won all of their last 4 home matches and that too with clean sheets.
Southampton goal-keeper Fraser Forster since his return to the starting eleven in the 2-0 win over Watford in 3rd January 2016; has now played over 540 minutes of football without conceding a goal.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches, starting with the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Despite maintaining an unbeaten run, they have managed only 4 wins out of those 10 matches.
Their last Premier League match was a 5-1 thumping of Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, which was followed by another 5-1 win in the FA Cup tie against a second string Manchester City.
Their away record since Hiddink took over is 2 wins and 2 draws in 4 outings.
Southampton : Team News
Southampton will be without J.Rodriguez as he is still out on Ankle injury and F.Gardos also won’t be available for selection as he is still nursing his knee injury. While holding midfielder Victor Wanyama is suspended.
Southampton Predicted Line up (3-5-2)
Forster – Bertrand, Fonte, Dijk – Targett, Romeu, Clasie, Ward-Prowse, Davis – Long, Pelle.
Chelsea : Team News
The Blues skipper John Terry is a doubt for the clash where as Falcao and K.Zouma are still on long term injuries. Guss Hiddink will once again be forced to field Ivanovic in the center of defense to partner Gary Cahill. While the highly impressive Ghana youngster Baba Rahman getting another run in the first team squad.
Chelsea Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Courtois – Ivanoviv, Cahill, Rahman, Azplicueta – Mikel, Fabregas – Willian, Pedro, Hazard -Costa.
Southampton vs Chelsea : Head-to-Head Stats
The head-to-head record in recent meetings between the two sides in the Premier League is even-stevens. Chelsea have won both the matches in the 2013-14 season, but both legs of the matches last season ended in 1-1 draw.
Southampton will surely go into this one with added confidence after beating Chelsea comprehensively when they met at Stamford Bridge in November this season.
Southampton vs Chelsea : Match Prediction
The London blues now have the longest unbeaten run this season but this looks like the match that will break the run, given the excellent form Southampton have now.
Southampton are just one point below the 5th placed Manchester United and they look forward to leap frog and go ahead of them this weekend.
I say 2-1 in favour of Southampton.