Southampton vs Chelsea: Match Preview

It is the last Premier League match day of the year, and Chelsea meet the Saints at St. Mary’s. Both Chelsea and Southampton will be looking to end the year on a high, with Chelsea eager to end 2014 and enter into 2015 as table toppers, while Southampton will look to end the year in the top 4.

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Chelsea will come into the match with no injury concerns or suspensions. With the fixtures coming thick and fast during the festive period, it was expected that Jose Mourinho would rotate his squad, but he chose to stick with his regular starting eleven against West Ham United on Boxing Day. And it looks as if Jose Mourinho will be starting with the same team again against Southampton. Eden Hazard, who was doubtful for Friday’s match, recovered in time and looked energetic and put on a man of the match display, and should be in the starting line-up on Sunday. Diego Costa scored against West Ham United, and also assisted John Terry’s opener, and will lead the line. Elsewhere, Oscar, who sat out the match against Stoke City, will be playing in midfield alongside the hard working Willian, while Matic and Fabregas have no chance of being omitted from the starting line-up, given their tremendous contribution. At the back, John Terry will partner Cahill, flanked by the regular full backs, Azpilicueta and Ivanovic.


Southampton left winger Ryan Bertrand, who is in fine form and on loan from Chelsea, is ineligible to face the parent club. Jack Cork and Jay Rodriguez remain long-term absentees. Apart from these, there are no fresh injury concerns for Ronald Koeman. Graziano Pelle, Shane Long and Sadio Mane are expected to lead the line, while the midfield will be occupied by Morgan Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Steven Davis. Nathaniel Clyne and Maya Yoshida will be the full backs with Alderwield and Fonte in central defence.



With an impeccable display against the Hammers on Boxing Day, Chelsea made it 3 consecutive wins in the Premier League, and 5 consecutive wins in all competitions. The win against West Ham United was another faultless display, with absolutely no sign of fatigue. Intelligent movement, crisp passing, aerial superiority and tough defending, all these characteristics were up on display for the Blues. Diego Costa scored his 13th goal in 15 appearances, after drawing a blank at Stoke, while Terry scored his second goal in as many games. Still top of the league with 45 points, 3 more than Manchester City, Chelsea will be looking to finish the year with nothing less than 3 points. The fans, and especially Jose Mourinho, will be impressed with the team’s response to the defeat at St. James’ Park earlier this month, and will look forward to continue with the same momentum.


After 5 consecutive defeats, which saw them drop out of the top 4, Southampton won their second match in a week. After a 3-0 home win against Everton, Southampton scored three goals again in a 3-1 away win against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day. With the win, and West Ham United’s defeat at Stamford Bridge, Southampton have climbed back to the fourth spot. Southampton know that a slip up might mean losing the final Champions League spot, and thus will be eager for a positive result against the league leaders. With just 48 hours between the matches on Boxing day and 28th December, both the teams will be tired, and this might favour Southampton, as the home team will look to frustrate Chelsea by sitting back, and hitting on the counter, testing the legs of the Chelsea centre halves.


Southampton have won in all the matches in which they have scored first this season. Out of the 41 matches played at the St. Mary’s between Southampton and Chelsea, the Saints have won 13 while the Blues have won 17. Southampton have scored a total of 57 goals in these 41 matches, only 5 less than Chelsea’s 62.


Southampton 0-3 Chelsea 01/01/2014
Chelsea 3-1 Southampton 01/12/2013


Southampton 0-3 Chelsea 01/01/2014
Chelsea 3-1 Southampton 01/12/2013
Southampton 2-1 Chelsea 30/03/2013
Chelsea 2-2 Southampton 16/01/2013
Southampton 1-2 Chelsea 02/04/2005


Chelsea: Courtois (GK), Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (C), Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Oscar, Willian, Hazard, Costa.

Southampton: Forster (GK), Yoshida, Alderwield, Fonte (C), Clyne, Schneiderlin, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Long, Pelle, Mane.


Southampton 0-1 Chelsea


DATE: 28/12/2014
TIME: 1405 GMT / 1935 IST
VENUE: St. Mary’s Stadium
REFEREE: Anthony Taylor

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