Match Preview: Chelsea vs Saints (Emirates FA Cup semi-final)

By SFC Media time Sat 21 Apr Chelsea v Saints

Check out our in-depth match preview ahead of Southampton's Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley...

THE MATCH

Chelsea vs Southampton
Sunday 22nd April, 3pm BST
Wembley
Emirates FA Cup semi-final

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

After a goalless draw with Leicester City on Thursday in the Premier League, attentions now turn to trying to book a place in the FA Cup final for Mark Hughes’s men.

While preserving their Premier League status is naturally the priority, Hughes has urged his side to seize an opportunity that doesn’t come around too often in a player’s career and reach a major cup final.

Opponents Chelsea are more than familiar following the meeting at St Mary’s last weekend. While Saints can take great heart from being in control of the game for large parts as well as taking a 2-0 lead, the visitors ran out 3-2 winners thanks to an eight-minute flurry.

Since then, Antonio Conte’s men were 2-1 winners at Burnley on Thursday, with the boss choosing to rest some of his squad. A Kevin Long own goal and Victor Moses’ strike either side of Ashley Barnes’ effort proved enough.

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea: Antonio Conte has hinted Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata could retain their places up front together for the clash.
Emerson Palmieri replaced the suspended Marcos Alonso after he received a retrospective three-match ban for a challenge on Shane Long in the game at St Mary’s, which wasn’t spotted at the time.

Southampton: Mark Hughes has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the semi-final meeting, with Steven Davis returning to action as a substitute against Leicester.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Steven Davis of Southampton during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton at The King Power Stadium on April 19, 2018 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

FORM GUIDE

Chelsea’s previous five:

Burnley (a) W 2-1
Southampton (a) W 3-2
West Ham (h) D 1-1
Spurs (h) L 3-1
Leicester City (a) W 2-1 (FA Cup)

Southampton’s previous five:

Leicester City (a) D 0-0
Chelsea (h) L 3-2
Arsenal (a) L 3-2
West Ham (a) L 3-0
Wigan (a) W 2-0 (FA Cup)

KEY MEN

Dušan Tadić netted the opening goal against Chelsea during an impressive display, and he could be key again going into this one at Wembley.

Charlie Austin has waited patiently for his chance and could feature, while Jan Bednarek has stood in for Jack Stephens superbly at the heart of defence.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Dusan Tadic of Southampton celebrates after opening the scoring during the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (7), Dušan Tadić (4) James Ward-Prowse (4) Steven Davis, Jack Stephens, Manolo Gabbiadini (all 3)
Most assists: Ryan Bertrand (4), Nathan Redmond, Dušan Tadić, James Ward-Prowse (all 3)

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to strike twice at St Mary’s and he could be a key man for Chelsea, should Conte decide to continue with the pairing of the French forward and Alvaro Morata.

Top scorers: Eden Hazard (16), Alvaro Morata (14), Willian (14)
Most assists: Eden Hazard (10), Cesc Fabregas (9), Willian (9)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS


All-time record:

Played: 101
Southampton: 30
Draws: 28
Chelsea: 43

Previous five meetings:


April 2018: Southampton 2-3 Chelsea
Dec 2017: Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
April 2017: Chelsea 4-2 Southampton
Oct 2016: Southampton 0-2 Chelsea
Feb 2016: Southampton 1-2 Chelsea

DID YOU KNOW?


- All six of Southampton’s FA Cup goals this season have been scored by different players.

- Southampton have reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2003, when they beat Watford 2-1 en route to losing the final against Arsenal in Cardiff.

NOT AT THE GAME?

Not able to make it to Wembley? We’ll be with you every step of the way on our interactive match centre at southamptonfc.com, where we will have all the build-up, as well as in-game updates and free live audio commentary.

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