Southampton return to Carabao Cup action on Tuesday night, visiting Premier League leaders Chelsea in the fourth round of the competition.
Chelsea vs Southampton
Carabao Cup – fourth round
Tuesday 26th October, 7.45pm BST
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Simon Beck
Fourth official: Graham Taylor
Saints will be wearing their home kit at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Both teams will be looking to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Chelsea come off the back of an emphatic 7-0 victory over Aston Villa at the weekend, whereas Saints claimed a 2-2 draw with Burnley.
Saints will be looking to reach the quarter-final stage for the first time since the 2016-17 season, where they lost out in the final to Manchester United.
For the hosts, they go in search of winning their first fourth round match of the competition since the 2018-19 season, where they lost out to Manchester City in the final.
The hosts will be without Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku in the cup tie but N’Golo Kante is set to return.
Christian Pulisic remains on the sideleines for Chelsea as he recovers from an ankle injury.
Moi Elyounoussi will miss Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash as he recovers from a minor operation on his wrist.
Elyounoussi joins long term absentee Jack Stephens and James Ward-Prowse on the sidelines.
Chelsea loanee Armando Broja is also unavailable to feature against his parent club.
“Cup games are a good option for giving players a chance. The good thing is we have five subs on Tuesday, so if anyone is not starting then there are options from the bench."
ONES TO WATCH
Kepa Arrizabalaga: While Édouard Mendy has grabbed the headlines in recent weeks, Kepa put on an impressive display in Chelsea’s third round clash with Aston Villa.
The Spaniard saved a penalty in normal time before helping Chelsea secure progression to the fourth round through the ensuing shootout.
Fraser Forster: Keeping a clean sheet against Newport County in the second-round, Forster also put on an impressive display as Saints claimed a 4-2 victory on penalties over Sheffield United in the fourth round.
Romelu Lukaku 4
Mount, Chilwell 3
James, Werner, Jorginho, Chalobah, Havertz 2
Mateo Kovacic 5
James, Azpilicueta 3
Mount, Loftus-Cheek 2
Elyounoussi, Broja 4
James Ward-Prowse 2
Nathan Redmond 3
Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse 2
October 2021: Chelsea 3-1 Saints (Ward-Prowse)
February 2021: Saints 1-1 Chelsea (Minamino)
October 2020: Chelsea 3-3 Saints (Ings, Adams, Vestergaard)
December 2019: Chelsea 0-2 Saints (Obafemi, Redmond)
October 2019: Saints 1-4 Chelsea (Ings)
- Southampton have scored 10 goals in their two League Cup games this season, as many as they’d scored in their previous nine matches in the competition. Only Preston (11) have netted more so far this term.
- No side has had more different goalscorers in the League Cup than Southampton this season (excl. own goals), with their 10 goals being scored by seven different players.
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