16 October 2020

Chelsea vs Southampton Preview  (Sky Sports)

Hakim ZiyechTeam news and stats ahead of Chelsea vs Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Team news

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will be in the squad for the first time and could be set to make his debut. The former Ajax star has recovered from a knee injury with Ben Chilwell and Christian Pulisic also set to feature.

Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva are out though, with the goalkeeper injured and the Brazilian not involved following returning from international duty later than ideal.

"Mendy won't be fit for this game but we hope he won't be out for too long," said Lampard at his pre-match press conference after his new signing picked up a thigh injury during his time away with Senegal.

Lampard didn't confirm which one of Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero will replace Mendy for Saturday's clash.

Stuart Armstrong is ruled out for Southampton after testing positive for coronavirus which should hand Theo Walcott a second debut for the club after joining on loan from Everton.

Fellow new signing Mohammed Salisu is yet to feature as he recovers from injury and is still "one or two weeks" away according to Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Opta stats

Chelsea have won seven of their last nine Premier League meetings with Southampton (D1 L1), though they did lose this exact fixture 0-2 last season.

Following their 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last season, Southampton are looking to pick up back-to-back away league victories against Chelsea for the first time since March 1985.

Chelsea have won seven of their last eight Premier League home games (L1), netting 18 goals, conceding four and keeping five clean sheets in that run.

Southampton have faced just over seven shots per Premier League game so far this season (29 in four games), fewer than any other side in 2020-21. However, only West Ham (1.8) have faced fewer shots on target per game so far this term than Chelsea (3).

Jorginho has netted three goals in his three Premier League games for Chelsea this season (all from the penalty spot), just one fewer than he scored in 31 appearances last term.

Edouard Mendy kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut for Chelsea against Crystal Palace last time out - the last keeper to keep a clean sheet on their first two league starts for the Blues was Petr Cech in August 2004.

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