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Date: Thursday 26th December 2019

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

We haven’t had time to come down from the high of a win at Tottenham Sunday, or even clear our heads from the excesses of yesterday, but today sees the first game of the festive season as we take on Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

Southampton climbed out of the bottom three with a win against Villa on Saturday, their first away win in three months. As for us, we’ve struggled at home this season. We’ve also lacked consistency, and  had our share of defeat, although that win last weekend was a reminder of just how well we’re able to perform – if only we could sustain it.

I doubt we’ll be quite as motivated against Southampton and that combined with the home form issue, could take the shine off our baubles.  

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, says “Going to Tottenham, in good form. The character, the fight and strength and it makes it the best performance. I hope it helps them. For the young ones, there is a bit of a mixture. Hopefully within the group the gives us confidence. Both games (Southampton and Arsenal) are going to be tough, we need to show another side of our game and getting points at home.”

Southampton Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, says “We are now three points above the (relegation) line and this is OK, but the next fixtures are very difficult and that means the performance has to get better and better, otherwise, against the next opponent it will not be possible to take points. At the moment I don’t really feel like Christmas, it is the busiest time for me.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles), and van Ginkel (ACL) are injured and Cesar Azpilicueta (hamstring) faces a late test.

For Southampton, Moussa Djenepo’s (hamstring) is out and Shane Long (knee) is a doubt, although Kevin Danso (illness) and Sofiane Boufal (toe) could both be available again.

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho; Kovacic; Willian, Abraham; Pulisic.

SOUTHAMPTON (Possible line-up): McCarthy; Soares, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Long, Ings

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 0-0 Southampton (2nd January 2019)

CURRENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: LLWLLW

SOUTHAMPTON: DWWLLW

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea have won eight of the last nine meetings
  • Despite the win at Tottenham Sunday, Chelsea have lost four of their last six league games.
  • Chelsea could lose consecutive Premier League home fixtures for the first time since 2011.
  • Chelsea are currently unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League fixtures on Boxing Day.
  • Southampton have gone 13 league matches without a clean sheet.
  • Southampton could lose more than 10 times after 19 fixtures of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2001-02.
  • Southampton have played in London eight times on Boxing Day, winning once.

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

Sky Sports: Chelsea 1-1 Southampton

Sportsmole: Chelsea 1-1 Southampton

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