Kick Off: Tuesday, 24 April 2017. 18:45 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Premier League football is back for Chelsea, and the Blues have an important home game against the Saints.
Chelsea won the reverse fixture at St Mary’s 2-0. Chelsea will be looking to get all three points to increase the gap at the top to seven points, thereby putting the pressure on Tottenham who have been stubborn in their pursuit of Chelsea.
Chelsea are top of the table with 75 points, while Southampton are 9th with 40 points.
In the last six league games for Chelsea, the Blues have won four and lost two. Southampton have had three wins, two losses and one draw in their last six league games.
Southampton have the advantage heading into this match in terms of physical condition. While Chelsea would have had barely three days of rest for the fixture, Southampton would have rested for ten solid days.
Southampton defeated Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last season under Jose Mourinho’s tumultuous reign, and in the last six meetings between both sides, Chelsea have won three, lost one and drawn two.
Chelsea have only won three of their last eight Premier League matches against Southampton at Stamford Bridge, and the Blues have only lost two of the 16 meetings between the clubs since 2002 (W9, D5).
Southampton have won three of their last four Premier League away games, scoring 10 goals.
Chelsea’s defence have been suspect, as the Blues have gone 10 Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet for the first time since a run of 13 matches in December 1996.
Claude Puel’s side as been finding it difficult against the top six teams as they haven’t won any game against the top six all season, drawing two and losing six.
My Prediction: Chelsea to keep first clean sheet in as many games. Chelsea to win 2-0.