Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Southampton
Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, October 3 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)
Match Odds: Chelsea 7/10 – Draw 14/5 – Southampton 15/4
Chelsea will be hoping to finally get their domestic season going after a dreadful start as Southampton make the journey north to the capital on Saturday evening.
After losing in Europe to FC Porto on Tuesday, the onus is very much on Chelsea to get back to winning ways as manager Jose Mourinho is absorbing more pressure with every winless performance.
Currently the champions sit eight points off league leaders Manchester United and that gap could be widened if Chelsea fail to pick up three points on Saturday.
Chelsea’s record in the Premier League: P7 – W2 – D2 – L3
Southampton were always going to have a difficult task of remaining competitive for the European places following high profile departures in Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin this summer.
However, with the return to fitness of Ryan Bertrand things are starting to fall into place for the Saints.
Southampton’s record in the Premier League: P7 – W2 – D3 – L2
With two wins in their last six, Ronald Koeman’s men will feel that they should be doing better and face a tough task of changing things quickly in this one.
Chelsea are only missing one first team player through injury as Thibaut Courtois is still out following a knee injury that could keep him out until Christmas. Diego Costa is serving a domestic suspension so will not feature.
Southampton will be without Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos for the trip to Stamford Bridge as both are still nursing injuries. Jordy Clasie may be able to shake off a niggle in his ankle in time to feature but he remains a doubt.
Chelsea’s last five: W/L/L/W/D
Southampton’s last five: D/W/D/L/W
Key Stat: Chelsea have only lost once in their last 23 home matches in the Premier League.
Key Player: Loic Remy – With Diego Costa currently serving a suspension it will be down to Loic Remy to lead the line. He’s a proven goalscorer and Chelsea need plenty of those at the moment.
Chelsea 2-1 Southampton – After another challenging performance in Porto in midweek it will be tough for Chelsea to turn it around but their home form suggests they will just edge this one against a Southampton side that has proven to be inconsistent so far.