5 October 2019

Southampton v. Chelsea Preview  (Sky Sports)

Team news, key stats and predictions ahead of Southampton vs Chelsea in the Premier League.

Full-back Cedric Soares was absent for the 2-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last time out after pulling out injured in the warm-up.

The Portugal international has a calf problem and will remain unavailable when Frank Lampard's Blues visit St Mary's.

Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has further injury concerns, with Moussa Djenepo sidelined for the foreseeable future due to a hip issue.

The Mali winger has scored twice in three top-flight games since his summer switch from Standard Liege, but has not featured since claiming the winner at Sheffield United on September 14.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will be without Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles), Emerson Palmieri (thigh), Antonio Rudiger (groin) and Marco Van Ginkel (knee) for Sunday's clash on the south coast.

Opta stats

Southampton have won only two of their last 20 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W2 D6 L12) and are winless in the last seven (W0 D1 L6).

Chelsea have won nine of their 12 away visits to St. Mary's Stadium against Southampton in all competitions (W9 D2 L1), including each of the last four in a row.

Chelsea have scored at least once in each of their last 15 away games against Southampton in all competitions (33 goals in total), last failing to find the net in a 0-1 loss in December 1997.

Southampton have won just one point at home in the Premier League so far this season, compared to six away from home - the smallest proportion of home points won so far this term (14 per cent).

Southampton have found the net in each of their last 17 home Premier League games, last having a longer run in the top-flight between April 1980-December 1981 (31 games). However, Saints have only kept one clean sheet in the current run of 17.

Only Watford (33) have conceded more Premier League away goals in 2019 than Chelsea (27). However, the Blues have won their last two on the road despite conceding twice each time.

After English players had scored their first 11 Premier League goals this season, Chelsea's last three have been netted by a Frenchman, an Italian and a Brazilian.

Charlie's prediction

This is another good test for Southampton, who were decent against Tottenham. Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have been praised, and rightly so. Abraham has earned his first England call-up, rightly so too. Chelsea are sitting in seventh which is acceptable - it is tight at the moment. It will be a season full of ups and downs for the Blues and with lots of games coming up for their youngsters, it may just take its toll on occasions.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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