Chelsea desperately need a win to keep our extremely slim Champions League hopes alive. The Blues are currently fifth on the table and are even in danger of being usurped by Arsenal.
Chelsea’s last win in the Premier League came against Crystal Palace early in March, and this weekend’s clash against Southampton is definitely a must win.
The centre referee for the game at the St Mary’s is Mike Dean, and from a Chelsea perspective it could actually be a good omen that Dean will be the referee for the game.
Often criticised for his officiating in the top flight, the Blues do have an extremely good record when Dean is in charge.
In a total of 60 games in the league, Chelsea have won 35, drawn 14 and lost 11.
This season, Antonio Conte’s men have also gotten favourable results with Dean in charge, apart from the disappointing 4-1 defeat to Watford. Chelsea have recorded wins over Stoke and Brighton this season with Dean in charge.
The Saints seem to struggle under Dean and have only won two of their 12 home games with Dean in charge, with eight draws and two defeats in the process.