Get the lowdown ahead of Southampton's Premier League trip to Chelsea with our in-depth match preview, in association with SportPesa.
Chelsea vs Southampton
Wednesday 2nd January, 7.45pm GMT
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Andy Halliday
Fourth official: Simon Hooper
WHAT KIT ARE SAINTS IN?
Southampton will be wearing their home strip for this one.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
For Southampton, it’s a chance to end a run of back-to-back defeats in the Premier League and get 2019 off to a great start.
Home losses to West Ham and Manchester City have seen Ralph Hasenhüttl's side slip back in the table, following the wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield.
Chelsea are fighting at the other end of the table, but don’t have much room for error if they have any hopes of winning the title, heading into the latest round of matches 11 places behind leaders Liverpool.
Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri has seen his list of injury concerns grow in the last few days. Already without Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi, the Blues boss has seen Olivier Giroud, Cesc Fàbregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater pick up knocks since Christmas.
Southampton: The big news for Saints is the suspension of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, with the midfielder out of the next four games following his sending off against Manchester City.
Chelsea’s last five:
Crystal Palace (a) W 1-0
Watford (a) W 2-1
Leicester (h) L 0-1
Bournemouth (h) W 1-0 (League Cup)
Brighton (a) W 2-1
Southampton’s last five:
Man City (h) L 1-3
West Ham (h) L 1-2
Huddersfield (a) W 3-1
Arsenal (h) W 3-2
Cardiff (a) L 0-1
Chelsea: There’s no doubt who the star man is for the Blues. Eden Hazard is once again in sensational form this season, racking up ten goals and nine assists in the Premier League already this season.
Southampton: Nathan Redmond was given a break from the starting line-up against Manchester City, but will be in with a strong chance of returning against Chelsea, given his form under Ralph Hasenhüttl. Redmond has two goals and two assists from his previous three starts. Hasenhüttl has indicated Danny Ings is likely to return at Stamford Bridge, having not featured against City, as he looks to add to his tally of eight goals.
This will be the 102nd meeting between the teams, with Chelsea having had the better of the fixture throughout the years.
Previous five meetings:
October 2018: Southampton 0-3 Chelsea
April 2018: Chelsea 2-0 Southampton (FA Cup)
April 2018: Southampton 2-3 Chelsea (Tadić, Bednarek)
December 2017: Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
April 2017: Chelsea 4-2 Southampton (Romeu, Bertrand)
DID YOU KNOW?
After beating Huddersfield Town, Saints are aiming to make it back-to-back Premier League away wins for the first time since March 2017.
Chelsea are hoping to avoid their first consecutive home Premier League defeats since November 2011, having lost to Leicester in their most recent outing at Stamford Bridge.
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