Southampton vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on March 29, 2013

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Premier League action gets back underway this weekend after the two-week international break and Chelsea travel to the south coast to face Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues head into the game sitting third in the table but with just five points separating third from fifth, Rafa Benitez knows three points are important this weekend to maintain their push for a top-four finish.

However, after back-to-back league wins before the international break, Benitez claims he has now set his sights on overhauling second-place Manchester City – who are now just four points ahead – but in order to do so he must navigate a packed fixture list over the next two weeks.

Following Saturday’s game with Southampton, Chelsea face an FA Cup replay with Manchester United on Monday, the first leg of their Europa League quarter final with Ruban Kazan the following Thursday, while Sunderland come to Stamford Bridge next Sunday rounding off four games in just 8 days for the Blues that will define their season.

The hosts this weekend may not be faced with that kind of schedule but they are equally desperate for points with the Saints just four points off the relegation zone. They have put some daylight between them at the bottom three thanks to picking up four points in their last two games and their impressive home form has seen the south-coasters record 3-1 wins over both Man City and Liverpool already this season.

Team News

Southampton have injury doubts over Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jos Hooiveld for the game. All three will be assessed prior to kick off but are expected to feature.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino must decide whether to start defender Vegard Forrenm, who is yet to make his debut for the club but is back in contention after proving his fitness having started Norway’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Albania.

Benitez is expected to use the full extent of his squad for the game with Monday’s FA Cup clash in mind. Striker Fernando Torres is likely to start ahead of Demba Ba with the Senegalese hitman expected to be kept in reserve for the United clash.

Defender Gary Cahill and midfielder Ramires both missed their countries games in midweek so are likely to miss out on Saturday with possible returns pencilled in against United.

John Terry has been training well this week and is in line to start alongside David Luiz at the back.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

The Saints have a decent home record, especially against the league’s big-boys, but we can see the Blues just having too much for the newly-promoted outfit. Southampton 1-2 Chelsea

What would be your starting eleven and whats your predicted score for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

22 Comments

  1. TONY

    March 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Oscar,mata,mikel,harzad moses,terry,luiz,ceser,cole baba CHELSEA 3 vs southampton

  2. TONY

    March 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Oscar,mata,mikel,harzad moses,terry,luiz,ceser,cole baba CHELSEA 3 vs southampton 0

  3. shonubi Adetola

    March 29, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Ceck azipielta terry luiz Cole mikel Ramirez mata hazzard Oscar tores.bench ba ivanovich Moses cahill lampard

  4. Sotey

    March 30, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Chelsea to loose.

  5. Albert Duah

    March 30, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Cech,cesar,jt,luiz,cole,mikel,lampard,mata,oscar,hazard,ba

  6. Forgor vincent

    March 30, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Cech,azpilicueta,cole,terry,luiz,mikel,lampard,marin,moses,mata,torres

  7. salome mary salami

    March 30, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Cech-Ivanovic-Terry-Luiz-Coal-Mikel-Ramirez-Oscar-Hazard-Mata- Ba. Chelsea 3 – 0 Soup (we need the three point R . B )

  8. mcnumec

    March 30, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Cech, Azpi, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Torres.

  9. Moses s omede

    March 30, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Cech, ivanovic, cahill, terry, cole, mikel, lampard, moses, mata, hazard, ba.
    Sub:- luiz, remires, marko.

  10. Hammed

    March 30, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Cech,cezer,iva,terry,cole,mikel,lampard,hazard,mata,moses,ba.2-0 in our favour

  11. jerry oshin

    March 30, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Yes we surely nid d 3points.. Buh HAZARD nd MATA shld be rested.. I nid dose guys 2 pose a big treat 4 me against MAN-U on monday.

  12. Uchmandada

    March 30, 2013 at 6:57 am

    My Chelsea team should be@ Cech- Azipcuta luiz JT Bertnard – Mikel Lampard- Moses Mata Marko- Torres. Rest Ivanovic Oscar Hazard Cole Ramiras and Ba for SUNDAY game against United. Mission impossible. But victory is assured.

  13. jerry oshin

    March 30, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Cech ivanovic-luiz-terry-bertrand mikel-lampard marin- oscar- moses Torres

  14. akinneyin Abiodun

    March 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Chealsea 2 win over southampton .(chel 3-1 southampton)

  15. Adebayo

    March 30, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Cech,cole,terry,luiz.iva,mikel,lampad,mata,osca,hazad,ba.dis d real squad if banitez want 2 win and av d posession

  16. Akyuma Ojuro

    March 30, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Cech, azpilicueta, Jt, luiz, Betrand, lampard, Remires, Moses, Mata, Oscar, Torres. Chelsea 2 southampton 0

  17. Akintehinwa mike

    March 30, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Cech, azpilicueta, Jt, luiz, A.cole, mikel,lampard, Moses, Mata, Oscar, Torres. Southampton 1 Chelsea 3

  18. kunle ekimogun

    March 30, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Cech,cesar,cole,cahil,luiz,mikel,ramires,mata,oscar,hazard,torres.

  19. MONDAY AARON

    March 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Chelsea is winning no mata what

  20. MONDAY AARON

    March 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Chelsea is winning no mata what!

  21. temitope

    March 30, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Cech,azpillicueta,terry,luiz,cole,mikel,lampard,mata,oscar,moses,ba…southampton 1 chelsea 3.

  22. temitope

    March 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Cech,azpillicueta,terry,luiz,cole,mikel,lampard,mata,oscar,moses,ba…southampton 1 chelsea 3. Bench-hazard,marin,ivanovic,benayoun,ake.turnbull,hilario

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