Chelsea vs Southampton Preview: Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Prediction

By on November 30, 2013

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Chelsea play host to Southampton on Sunday afternoon looking to stay in touch at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal continued their fine form with a 3-0 win over Cardiff on Saturday to open up a seven point gap so the Blues will be desperate to pick up a victory over the Saints to reduce the deficit to just four.

Jose Mourinho’s men were back to their best last week with a 3-0 win away at West Ham but followed it up with a disappointing 1-0 loss to FC Basel in midweek. Despite the defeat, Chelsea progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League but will hope to put in a more assured display this weekend.

They will need to if they want to see off Southampton, who have been excellent for much of the season and head into the game in seventh place, just two points off the hosts, so can leapfrog Chelsea with a shock win on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men slumped to a 2-0 loss away at Arsenal last weekend but despite the defeat, they still boast the best defence in the division, conceding just seven goals in 12 games and have taken points at Anfield and Old Trafford already this season, so the Blues will need to be at their best to pick up the win.

Team News

Mourinho is expected to make some changes after claiming his side looked tired in midweek. Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Andre Shurrle could all come in to the attack after not starting against Basel, while Frank Lampard is also likely to be given a breather.

Fernando Torres will start up front with Samuel Eto’o ruled out for two weeks with a groin injury. David Luiz remains out with a knee problem but Ashley Cole could start after missing out in recent games with a niggling rib injury.

Southampton are set to welcome back defender Dejan Lovren – who missed last weeks defeat at the Emirates through illness. Artus Boruc will keep his place despite his error last time out.

Guly do Prado remains out with a knee injury but Jack Cork and Gaston Ramirez are back in contention.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Fernando Torres: The Spaniard was getting back to something like his best before being ruled out through injury, so he’ll hope to pick up where he left off tomorrow. Torres will need to be the focal point of the Chelsea attack, bringing others in to play and providing a goal threat.

Predicted Score

Chelsea 2-0 Southampton: A tough game for the Blues but we can see them seeing off the Saints by a couple of goals.

What team would you like to see start the game and what’s your score prediction? Share your views below.

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16 Comments

  1. Chukwuebuka

    November 30, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Up Bluez we play dat we must win tommorrow man by his grace Thks u all

  2. joseph bassey

    November 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Well chelsea and mou will be too stupid if they let go juan mata.mou is has too much pride in himself,and that is what will make his downfall in his second coming to the bridge.

  3. Ihezuruike Uchenna

    November 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Up London Teams, Up Chelsea, Up Arsenal. I hope this trophy is b/w the two teams.

  4. Bello

    November 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I dont really hav a say until d match s played

  5. Ajadi Juwon Bukola

    November 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Up Blue, Up Stafford, Up Chelsea
    I believe chelsea will win 2moro, but b4 chelsea will win 2moro for me o this is squad jose mourino have 2 use cech, A.coal, J terry, cahil, Ivanovic, Hazard, Ramires, Mikel, Mata, A.scurrul, Torres. Up Blues

  6. monday Ajah

    November 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    If Mourinho realy want to get chelsea fans support, then we want to be seeing our main man Juan Mata on the pitch. Mata and David Luis has no price assets. They are not for sale.

  7. happy emmanuel asukwo

    November 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    mou pls if u wan chelsea fanz 2 happy wit u try nd use mata schurrle hazard nd get ur 3point 4 first half, witout dose 3players chelsea should 4get abt winning, mata nd willian z beta dan oscar up chelsea.

  8. mayor spy

    November 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    this is d great team we used to b follow. up blues up Chelsea.

  9. chief kukuo

    December 1, 2013 at 12:35 am

    i think mou should start demba ba up front,so that he will weak the defence.line up,mark,ceaser,cole,luiz,cahill,ramiraz,mata,schurle, mikel,hazard and ba.

  10. Nankat

    December 1, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Up chelsea, chelsea wil win today by God grec.

  11. mafiana ofuobi kingsley

    December 1, 2013 at 2:51 am

    please mou if u want chelsea 2 grab that 3 point and 4 me 2 be happy wit u, play cech, john terry, cahill, aspilicueta, ivanovic, mikel, ramires, mata, ,hazard, schurel, torres. I am predicting 3-0 in favour of chelsea. Up blues

  12. Stephen kituku

    December 1, 2013 at 4:18 am

    It will be our pleasure if jose starts mata.

  13. Carlz Joel Mboizi

    December 1, 2013 at 4:54 am

    I don’t care who plays in which position as long as Mata plays in 10. 2-1 win for the blues.. Up Chelsea!!

  14. Stanley

    December 1, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Look at my line up today.
    =======Cech=======
    =Azpi,Cahill,Terry,Cole
    ===Ramires,Mikel===
    =Schurrle,Mata,Hazard
    ======Torres======

  15. Ibro

    December 1, 2013 at 6:21 am

    =========cech============
    Azpili===Cahil Terry======cole
    Mikel Ramirez
    Shurrle MATA Hazard
    Torres
    With dis Chelsea will win hv d 3pt.in first half.Up bluez Up EL Nino

  16. Destiny

    December 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Mourihno need to play mata… He can’t win without mata

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