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

By on January 5, 2013

Chelsea travel to the south coast to take on Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

The holders begin the defence of their crown against the Saints after lifting the FA Cup at Wembley last May with victory over Liverpool.

The Blues have a superb record in the FA Cup in recent years, winning the trophy four times in the last six seasons and will be hoping to continue that proud record this year starting at St Mary’s.

However, Southampton are on a decent run of late and held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at the weekend. Boss Nigel Adkins may feel his side meet the European champions at a good time having watched the Londoners crash to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to bottom side QPR on Sunday.

Team News

Chelsea will be without goalkeeper Petr Cech for the clash as he continues to recover from a groin injury, so Ross Turnbull will deputise between the sticks.

Rafa Benitez is likely to rotate his squad with the likes of Ryan Bertrand, Oscar and Victor Moses all featuring. Moses, along with fellow Nigerian team mate John Obi Mikel, are available for the game before they head off to the African Cup of Nations.

Frank Lampard may get a rest along with left back Ashley Cole. Captain John Terry and midfielder Oriol Romeu continue to be out with knee injuries but Yossi Benayoun may be in contention after returning to Stamford Bridge from a loan spell at West Ham.

New signing Demba Ba could feature but Benitez may decide to give him more time to get used to his team mates before playing him from the start.

Southampton will be without captain Adam Lallana once again as he continues to nurse a knee injury. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne is likely to play after recovering from injury and youngster James Ward-Prowse is expected to be given a rare start.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Chelsea were in excellent form before their shock loss to West London rivals QPR at the weekend and Rafa Benitez will be demanding an instant response from his players. We think the holders will safely navigate this tricky 3rd round encounter. Southampton 1-2 Chelsea.

What would your starting line-up be and whats your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.

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22 Comments

  1. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    January 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Just start Ba 4 me

  2. Paschal

    January 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Start with Turnbull,betrand,cezer,luiz,cahil.ramires,mikel,piazon marin,moses nd torres.then intruduce ba,oscar nd benayoun in second half

  3. Brian komen

    January 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

    My suggestion;
    Turnbull
    -Ashley cole-Gary Cahill – ivanovic-azipilcueta

    Luiz-Ramirez
    Hazard- mata- Oscar
    Ba

  4. Ibeto michael

    January 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Its unfortunate we lost to QPR but we ar going to win (chelsea 3-1southanton)

  5. Ben

    January 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I don’t want to see Torres please rest him. I want BA

  6. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    January 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Chelsea fans hav see enough mess of Torres give him enough rest. Dnt even let him start major game ooook

  7. Ajayi Abiodun fadagutrie

    January 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

    pls mr RAFA lets see what DEMBA BA will offer for chelsea in today’s game against southampton,chelsea must win this game because southampton always defeat chelsea when it comes to FA CUP

  8. Akiyu

    January 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Hilario,Azpilicueta,Ivanovic,Bertrand,Mikel,Ramires,Oscar,Mata,Harzard,Ba should b d starting line up, Turnbull is nt stayble in d goal post….

  9. Olamos

    January 5, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Chelsea 3-1 southamton.hope Ba should start n rest Torres.

  10. Pelumiogbenija

    January 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Ba start torres rest

  11. kingsley

    January 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    southampton 0 chelsea 3
    line up
    Azipilcueta Cahill Ivanovic Betrand
    Ramirez Mikel
    Moses Mata Marin
    Ba

  12. Hassan

    January 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Start wit Turnbull,cahil,iva,cole,cesar,
    mikel,ramires
    hazard,oscar,marin
    Ba

  13. Abdulwahab Azeez

    January 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I predict 5 1 in favour of chelsea

  14. OJUADE MARUf

    January 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I belive at chelsea going bent southampton By 2:1

  15. great goodies

    January 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    chelsea 5 vs southampton 1

  16. AZEEZ.A

    January 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    GK-HILARIO DF-IVANOVIC,LUIZ,CAHILL,COLE MF-MIKEL,LAMPARD,OSCAR,MATA,HAZARD FW-BA.SUB-MOSES,RAMIRES,TORRES.

  17. Kenny

    January 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Turnbul,azpil’,iva,cahill,bertrand_ramire,mikel_mata,oscar,moses,bar

  18. faculty

    January 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    plz mr. …jst start wit tunbull,cEsar,betrand,cahill,ivanovic,luiz,mikel,mata,osca,benayoun,torres…den introduce ba,moses nd piazon dnt uz hazard 2 day,he nids rest

  19. Ajewole joseph

    January 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    T.bull,Cesar A,Ivanovic,cahll,A Cole,mikel, Luiz,Mata,Oscar,ramires,BA.
    UP BLUES.

  20. Bolharjie

    January 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I dn’t c y chelsea shuld rest BA 4 tday afterall he didn’t play 4 nwcastle against everton we nid BA 4 2day match

  21. Temidayo oluwaseun

    January 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I think betrand& marin shud start, let torres start also and Ba wil comes in the the 2nd half. Up chelsea

  22. olawale

    January 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    mr rafa i wana seee hilario cezar,luiz ivanovic,mikel,ramirez,oscar mata, marin, ba.sub shud be benayoun,harzard torres

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