Chelsea have been in superb form since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel as manager and they look to continue their impressive run at Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.
The Blues drew their first game under the German boss but have since won five straight matches, conceding just one goal in the process, and are back into the top four of the Premier League. In contrast, Southampton has lost six league games on the spin, with defeats to Newcastle and Wolves following their 9-0 humiliation at Manchester United at the start of the month. The Saints enjoyed an excellent start to the season but have fallen to 13th in the table after the woeful run of results.
When is Southampton vs Chelsea? The match kicks-off at 12.30 pm on Saturday 20 February at St Mary’s. Southampton vs Chelsea TV channel and live stream BT Sport 1 will be showing the game live with coverage from 11.30 am. Subscribers can stream the action on BT Sport Player or the BT Sport app.
Southampton have dropped off alarmingly after an impressive start to the season and now sit 13th, closer in points to the relegation zone than they are to the top six as things stand.
The Saints have lost six successive league matches for the first time ever following last weekend’s defeat by Wolves, whom they had beaten in the fifth round of the FA Cup just three days earlier.
Date, time, and venue
Southampton vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 12:30 pm GMT kick-off on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
The match will be played behind closed doors at St Mary’s due to ongoing Government restrictions relating to coronavirus.
How to watch Southampton vs Chelsea
TV channel: Saturday’s contest is being broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 11:30 am.
Live stream: Subscribers can also watch via the BT Sport website or app.
Southampton vs Chelsea team news
Southampton will be without defender Kyle Walker-Peters because of a hamstring problem. Midfielder James Ward-Prowse filled in at right-back during the closing stages of the defeat by Wolves, with Jan Bednarek and Jack Stephens other options for cover along with 20-year-old Kayne Ramsay.
Alexandre Jankewitz is available again following the midfielder’s suspension for a red card in the 9-0 defeat against Manchester United, but Theo Walcott (thigh) and Ibrahima Diallo (muscular) remain sidelined. Michael Obafemi and Will Smallbone are long-term absentees.
Southampton provisional squad: McCarthy, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Armstrong, Ings, Minamino, Forster, Ramsay, Salisu, Djenepo, Watts, Chauke, Jankewitz, Adams, Tella, N’Lundulu.
Tammy Abraham should return after an ankle injury scare for Chelsea. The England striker hobbled out of Monday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Newcastle with a worrying problem, but has avoided any serious damage.
Thiago Silva is not ready for action after a thigh issue and Christian Pulisic is a doubt with a calf concern, but Kai Havertz is fit after a knock.
Chelsea provisional squad: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Havertz, Ziyech, Giroud, Arrizabalaga, James, Christensen, Emerson, Alonso, Kovacic, Gilmour, Pulisic, Werner, Abraham.
Chelsea predicted line-up
(3-4-1-2): Mendy; Azipilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount; Werner, Abraham.
Southampton vs Chelsea prediction: 2-0 away win
Chelsea are cruising under Tuchel, though they aren’t exactly blowing teams away just yet, often relying on the fine margins for victory.
Confidence must be sky high in the Blues camp and they will be fancying yet another win over a Southampton side in utter free-fall that last earned a Premier League point on January 4.
All the signs point to a rather straightforward away victory, but not quite the goalfest we witnessed between these two teams at Stamford Bridge back in October.
Southampton vs Chelsea head to head (h2h) history and results
Southampton wins: 9
Chelsea wins: 24
Last meeting: Chelsea 3-3 Southampton (17/10/2020)
Southampton vs Chelsea betting odds and tips
Southampton win: 4/1
Chelsea win: 4/5
Draw: Between 14/5 and 3/1
Chelsea to win 2-0: 9/1
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